Edward R. Jones was sworn in for his second consecutive term as the 7th mayor of the city of Grambling, Louisiana, on December 30, 2014 . He had previously served eight years (two terms) on the Grambling City Council and as Mayor Pro Tempore during his second term. He is primarily focused on economic development and growth and enhancing the lives of the city’s 5,000 plus citizens.
Prior to becoming an elected official, Mayor Jones spent nine years as a public school teacher in California and Louisiana. He later joined the English faculty at Grambling State University, a position from which he retired after twenty-five years of service. He is also a former real estate an insurance agent, Farmers Home Administration-certified apartment manager, and the owner of a Cingular and Sprint franchise.
After graduating from Grambling Laboratory High School, he enrolled at Grambling State University, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech, Drama and English, and a master’s degree in Liberal Arts. He completed further study at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and California State University at Dominquez Hills. He also received certification for community health through the Satcher Health Leadership Institute from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and Certification in Project Financing in Economic Development from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition, he was selected to serve on Louisiana Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards Higher Education Transitional Committee, and he also serves on the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council.
His professional affiliations include President of the World Conference of Mayors; Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, Board of Directors; Grambling Economic Development Corporation, president; Grambling Legends Square Taxing District, and the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce. He was a 2015 honoree of the Louisiana-Mississippi Salute to Black Elected and Appointed Officials and Public Servants and was bestowed Honorary Mayor of the City of Tuskegee, Alabama, by Mayor Johnny Ford. He has also served as President of the Grambling Chamber of Commerce, Commissioner for the Grambling Housing Authority (HUD) and Vice President of Lincoln Parish Crimestoppers.
Additionally, he is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., New Rocky Valley Baptist Church of Grambling, and a life member of the Grambling University National Alumni Association.