Gary Jones (Oklahoma politician)
|Auditor and Inspector of Oklahoma|
January 10, 2011
|Preceded by||Steve Burrage|
|Born||Fort Sill, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Jane Jones|
|Alma mater||Cameron University|
Jones was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the fifth of seven children. He graduated from Cameron University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting degree. Jones is both a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner.
While in college, Jones worked for Southwestern Bell. After 10 years Jones left to start his own telecommunications company, which he sold 16 years later. Jones has operated a cow-calf operation for over 30 years in addition to his other ventures.
In 1994 Jones successfully ran for Comanche County Commissioner, a seat he held for four years.
Prior to his successful 2010 bid for State Auditor and Inspector, Jones unsuccessfully sought the office in both 2002 and 2006, losing both times to Jeff McMahan. After the 2006 race, McMahan was subsequently indicted, convicted, and sent to prison for eight years for bribery and conspiracy involving a scheme to steal the 2002 election.
In 2003 he was named Chairman and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Republican Party and held the office longer than anyone prior, until resigning to make his successful bid for State Auditor and Inspector.