Jones becomes the ATF’s first permanent director in seven years and the first director confirmed by the Senate. As part of the 2006 reauthorization of The Patriot Act, the Senate was required to confirm the head of the ATF. Prior to the change, ATF directors were appointed, which did not require Senate confirmation.
President Obama nominated Jones as the ATF’s acting director on Jan. 24, 2013. While serving as acting director, he also was the U.S. attorney for the District of Minnesota, a position he had held since Aug. 7, 2009.
Prior to government service, Jones was a partner in a national law firm based in Minneapolis, Minn. The firm specialized in complex-business litigation. Jones is a 1983 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1979 from Macalester College. Jones is also a Marine Corps veteran.