Jan | Feb 2014


shoutout

New Hampshire mother-son combo ready to take seats in the House

Kyle Jones is one of the youngest representatives in state history

By Jennifer Ginn
When Kyle Jones was sworn in the first of December to represent House District 1 in New Hampshire, he came close to being one of the state’s youngest legislators. The record holder was 18 years and 5 months old.
While the opening days of the session can be intimidating for any new legislator, Jones, 19, will have a familiar face to turn to. His mother, Laura Jones, also won election to the House and will be serving alongside him.
Initially, Kyle Jones said he intended to serve as campaign manager for his mother. During a weekend candidate’s school, he discovered he didn’t want to stay on the sidelines in this election. He ran on the platform of lowering state debt, creating jobs and lowering taxes.
“I was thinking one day about the debt for the state of New Hampshire,” he said. “We don’t have as big of a debt as some of the states, but we’ve got a pretty big one. If this keeps up, our children and our great-grandchildren are going to have to pay for this. … I was thinking I should run and be a voice for my generation.”
The mother and son figured out they could save money on their campaigns— especially with signs— by joining forces. For a while, they even went door-to-door together. Although Kyle Jones was essentially running against his mother—voters had a field of 19 candidates from which they chose nine representatives—Laura Jones said she was very supportive of her son’s desire to run.
“I think it’s great,” she said. “We went door-to-door and I could really see the voters wanting younger people to get involved in politics, to get involved in government. So much of what the government is doing is going to affect the younger generation.”
Kyle Jones said running for office was a natural idea for him because politics is a common topic of discussion around the table at his house.
“I would say it’s at the dinner table, the breakfast table, the lunch table,” he said with a laugh. “Every single table I’ve ever sat at, (politics) is at the table. My brother has autism; my dad is in an industry that is extremely affected by the economy. I remember when I was 5, my parents talking about Bill Clinton. …
“Politics is very, very important. If you don’t have the right people in there, you won’t have a free country to live in. If you don’t have a free country, life almost isn’t worth living.”
Mother and son both said they would like to be on the same committee, preferably education. They’d also like to be able to sit next to each other on the floor. “That way we can carpool and help support each other,” Laura Jones said.
Kyle Jones said that while he and his mother have the “regular mom-son conflicts,” he’s looking forward to serving in the House with her.
“I like serving with my mother,” he said, “because you’re not alone. You’re around 400 strangers. Having your mother there is a good confidence booster. I think we’ll be able to work well together and with other people.”
Kyle Jones doubts that he will be the last of his family to run for office. His 12-year-old sister Skyler seems to have her eyes on a political office one day.
“Oh yes, she’s already planning on it,” he said. “She’s got her signs all planned out. She’s telling all her friends, ‘I’m going to run for state representative as soon as I turn 18.’”