Brian Jones
State Sen.-elect Brian Jones on election night. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego County gained another high-level voice in the state Legislature Wednesday with the election of Sen. Brian Jones as Republican Caucus Chair.

Jones, who was elected to his first term in the Senate in November, joins San Diego-area lawmakers Toni Atkins and Todd Gloria, both Democrats, and Marie Waldron, a Republican, in top leadership roles.

“I look forward to working with incoming Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove to consistently and effectively communicate and advocate for the policies of the Senate Republican Caucus,” said Jones. “I also commit to help all senators, and particularly Senate President pro-Tem Toni Atkins, in the continued smooth operation of the Senate.”

Gloria is Majority Whip in the Assembly,  and Waldron is the Republican Leader in that body.

The Caucus Chair is the number two position in the Republican leadership structure. Jones will assist Grove, who represents the Bakersfield area, in overseeing caucus operations, advancing the Republican message, and achieving the caucus’ legislative goals.

“Sen. Jones and I have a great working relationship that began while we served in the Assembly. I have great respect for him and the strengths he brings to the Republican Caucus leadership team,” said Grove.

Jones represents the 38th District, which covers San Diego County north of Interstate 8 and east of Interstate 15.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.