Representative Mondaire Jones took immediate action on child care upon entering office, even with so many important issues facing him as a newly elected Congressman. He prioritized one of the most critical investments we can make - a good start for children - and that is why we are so thrilled to present him with the Legislative Leadership Award at Dream Big 2022.
"In the richest nation in the world, child care should be universal, and it's why I've worked so hard, and will keep working, to ensure that it is."
~ Congressman Mondaire Jones, in a Sept. 2021 press release
Mondaire Jones is serving his first term as the Congressman from New York's 17th District, encompassing all of Rockland County and parts of central and northern Westchester County. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Rep. Jones was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. After graduating from Stanford University, Rep. Jones worked in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy. He later graduated from Harvard Law School. Prior to running for Congress, Rep. Jones worked as a litigator in private practice. Subsequently, he served as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. Rep. Jones served on the NAACP's National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and co-founded the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc.
He is a member of the Judiciary, Ethics, and Education and Labor Committees and serves as the Freshman Representative to Leadership in the 117th Congress, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. He also serves as a Deputy Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus and as a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus.