Democratic member of Congress, 4th district of Georgia, 3 January 1989 - 3 January 1993. Lost in 1986, won in 1988 and 1990, lost in 1992 after Georgia's districts were redrawn, putting Jones in the 10th district. Ran against Newt Gingrich in the 6th District in 1994. His later ethics complaint against the Speaker, regarding a tax-funded college lecture Gingrich was teaching at the time, led to a full-fledged investigation and Gingrich's eventual resignation from his seat. Gingrich was later exonerated by the IRS of all charges.
Defeated by Republican Eric Cantor for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's 7th District (November 2002).
Owns "Cooter's" a tourist attraction and museum in Gatlinburg and Nashville Tennessee.
Grew up in a railroad shack near the docks in Portsmouth, Virginia. Now lives in a log cabin built before the Revolutionary War, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.