Kaysville's Adam Jones takes post with Nevada Lt. Governor
Adam Jones is only 30, but already he has an impressive political resume. And with a number of campaigns under his belt, he looks to be a rising star within Republican ranks.
Recently, the Kaysville native was appointed chief of staff by Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki. Jones will help Krolicki with his responsibilities as president of the Nevada State Senate, as well as his duties as director of state's department of economic development and tourism.
The Davis High School grad credits his success to his family and growing up in Davis County.
"If there's one thing I brag about, it's the community I grew up in," Jones said. "I owe a lot to the community."
Jones comes from an athletically oriented family. His father, Mike Jones, coached track and field as well as crosscountry at the University of Utah for about three decades.
As a youngster, Jones played tennis and these days still likes to get out on the golf course when his schedule permits. But his favorite sport is politics.
"I don't come from a political family," he said. "I just happened to land in politics."
Most recently, Jones worked on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and was instrumental in getting celebrities Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight and John Ratzenberger to campaign for the former governor of Massachusetts.
Despite Romney's loss, Jones said he has many fond memories of the campaign and his relationship with the Republican presidential candidate.
In 2008, Jones worked on the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. And in 2009, Jones was named executive director of the North Dakota Republican Party. In that capacity, Jones implemented strategies that led to the election of a Republican congressman and senator.
"In North Dakota, I had a lot of success," he said. "But jokingly, I always say my greatest accomplishment there was surviving three winters."
In 2010, Jones joined Las Vegas-based RedRock Strategies, a national political consulting firm. Jones' duties there included developing communications strategies and business development models to increase the market share of the firm's clients.
Utah Republican Party leader Ivan Dubois said Jones is multi-talented and has a promising future.
"Adam has one of the brightest political minds around," he said. "He's smart enough and capable enough to do whatever he wants."
Among Jones' attributes is his common sense and his ability to calmly analyze current events, Dubois said.
"His feet are solidly planted on the ground," he said. "He doesn't get caught up in the hysteria of politics."
In a prepared statement, Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki said Jones brings an impressive aptitude to the job.
"He not only brings a unique set of leadership and administrative skills that will be invaluable to managing the day-to-day operations of the office, but he also possesses great working knowledge of both the public and private sectors."