About Jay

Jerrauld “Jay” Jones is running to be the 89th District’s representative for the House of Delegates because of his deep and abiding love for the City of Norfolk. Jay is a lifelong resident of the 89th House District and he strives to make a positive impact in his community each and every day. Jay has served as a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and served as a tutor and mentor to local schoolchildren.

Jay completed his undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary, where he was a double major in Government and History, and obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia.  Upon graduation from law school, Jay began practicing law in Norfolk.  Prior to attending law school, he was an associate with Goldman Sachs where he focused on risk management and rating advisory.

Jay’s family has a long history of service to the city.  His grandfather, Hilary H. Jones, Jr., was a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement.  A lawyer, he became the first African American appointed to the Norfolk School Board and subsequently the State Board of Education. 

Both of Jay's parents are longtime public servants. Jay's father, Jerrauld C. Jones, served eight terms in the House of Delegates representing the 89th District. He stepped down in 2002 to accept an appointment by Governor Mark Warner to serve as the Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jay was raised in a family that believes deeply in public service and devotion to our city and its people. Currently, Jay serves as a member of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia.  He is also a board member of Festevents, Ltd., the private not-for-profit organization which is the official event marketing and production agency for the City of Norfolk.  Jay also serves on the Old Dominion University Athletic Foundation’s Next Generation Board and is a lifelong member of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

In his spare time, Jay enjoys attending Tides games at Harbor Park, attending festivals, concerts, and other events around Norfolk, and spending time with friends and family.