Man with local ties tapped for top federal job

Luci Weldon
The Warren Record

Maurice Antonio Jones, son of Milo M. Jones of Warrenton, has been nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Jones is also the grandson of Ethel B. Harris, and the nephew of Annette Silver and Carolyn Neely, all of Warrenton.

A native of Virginia, he graduated from Lunenburg High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Hampden-Sydney College, where he was class valedictorian. Among his achievements were membership in the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society and receiving the Truman Scholarship.

In 1986, he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, which allowed him to attend Oxford University in England for three years. There, he received a master of philosophy degree in international relations.

Jones went on to attend the University of Virginia School of Law, earning the juris doctor in 1992. He and his wife and daughter currently reside in Norfolk, Va.

The president and publisher of The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Jones has worked at the federal and state levels of government.

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