‘Honor of a lifetime’: Jones thanks Alabama as Senate term ends

U.S. Senator Doug Jones (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
U.S. Senator Doug Jones (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 5:06 PM EST
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WASHINGTON (WSFA) - Sen. Doug Jones’ time in office is coming to a close. As such, he posted a series of tweets on Friday calling his time in the U.S. Senate the “honor of a lifetime.”

“To the people of Alabama: thank you. When I was elected to this seat, I promised to do my best to represent each of you whether or not you voted for me, and I’m proud of the work that we were able to accomplish together. From working to expand Medicaid in Alabama to supporting Alabama’s military through my seat on the Armed Services Committee, fighting for civil rights and voting rights, advocating for small businesses and working families, to making a quality education more accessible, it has been the great honor of my life to serve as your United States Senator,” Jones said in a statement.

The Democratic senator’s parting statement highlighted his bipartisan accomplishments, like having more than 25 bipartisan bills signed into law and earning three U.S. Chamber of Commerce awards for bipartisanship and support of free enterprise.

Jones says the bills helped secured permanent funding for historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions, repealing the military widow’s tax, and improving transparency for civil rights-era cold case records.

Jones says he also helped secure more than $270 million in awards for municipalities, nonprofits, higher education, rural fire departments and health centers among other institutions.

“I encourage the 117th Congress to use the opportunity they have to rebuild our economy and our health care system in a more equitable way, leaving no American behind,” he said in one of Friday’s tweets.

Jones lost reelection to Republican Tommy Tuberville, who will be sworn in on Sunday.

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