In 2018, Brenda Jones won a special election to fill the remainder of the Hon. John Conyers. Despite a brief five-week tenure, Congresswoman Jones voted 77 times and sponsored two pieces of legislation while representing Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Detroit, Brenda Jones is a product of Michigan’s public school system. She is an alumna of Lewis Cass Technical High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wayne State University. Before beginning her career in public service, Jones worked for Michigan Bell and was later elected union President of the Communication Workers of America Local 4004 in Detroit, where she represented over 1,000 union members.
In November of 2005, she was elected to the Detroit City Council, and in January 2018, she began a third term. Since 2014, she has serviced as the City Council President working diligently to bring jobs, economic opportunities, neighborhood revitalization, and educational resources to all, positively impacting the quality of life for residents, public safety personnel, senior citizens, small business owners, government employees, veterans, and union members.
In addition to her responsibilities with City Council, she is the First Vice-Chair of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and 1st Vice President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) – Detroit Chapter. She is on the Board of Directors at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, and the Michigan Municipal League (MML). Jones also sits on the Boards of Detroit Authority Health, the Detroit Transportation Corporation (The People Mover), and is a member of the Detroit Election Commission.
Brenda is an active member of her church, regularly volunteering in the community. Rain or shine, you will find her advocating for hope and positive change. She resides in Detroit, and when she is not doing the people’s work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
“Every zip code should have a future.”
Friends of Brenda Jones
P.O. Box 21146
Detroit, MI 48221