Gordon Douglas Jones is an American attorney and politician who is the junior United States Senator from Alabama, serving since January 2018. A member of the Democratic Party, he was previously a United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama from 1997 to 2001.
Jones was born in Fairfield, Alabama and is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. In 1997, Jones was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama by President Bill Clinton. During his tenure, Jones prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members for the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four African American girls. Additionally, he secured an indictment against Eric Rudolph, a domestic terrorist responsible for four politically-motivated attacks, including the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing.
Jones was elected to the United States Senate in a 2017 special election following the resignation of Jeff Sessions to become U.S. Attorney General. After winning the Democratic primary in August, Jones went on to face former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore in the general election.