Press Release from Tennessee State Sen. Thelma Harper, D-Nashville, Nov. 9, 2010:
NASHVILLE – State Senator Thelma Harper (D-Nashville) remembered the work and life of state Representative Ulysses Jones, Jr. on Tuesday upon hearing the news of Jones’ passing. Rep. Jones died early Tuesday morning in Memphis at the age of 59.
“Representative Ulysses Jones leaves a legacy of speaking for those who had no voice, and for standing up for those who otherwise would have been left behind,” Harper said. “The Black Caucus and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus will miss his leadership as we strive to imitate the example he has given us.”
Rep. Jones was best known for his work in increasing education access for Tennesseans, Harper said. Rep. Jones co-sponsored the lottery bill that created the HOPE Scholarship fund, and later pushed for increased access to scholarships so that more Tennesseans could attend college.
Rep. Jones had served in the state House since 1987, and had just been elected this month to his 13th term in office. As Chairman of the House Ethics Committee, Rep. Jones was known as a man of his word, Harper said.
“When Ulysses said something, you knew you could trust him,” Harper said. “He was truly an honorable public servant.”