Member Biography

Roxanne H. Jones 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1985       3 Democrat
1986       3 Democrat
1987       3 Democrat
1988       3 Democrat
1989       3 Democrat
1990       3 Democrat
1991       3 Democrat
1992       3 Democrat
1993       3 Democrat
1994       3 Democrat
1995       3 Democrat
1996       3 Democrat

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


05/03/1928 - 05/19/1996

Roxanne H. Jones (D3) Philadelphia County 1985-1996

Early Life: 

Roxanne H. Jones, born, May 3, 1928, South Carolina, daughter of Gilford and Mary Beatrice Bruton Harper; education. Howard High School, Wilmington, Delaware; married, James H. Jones, (deceased), two daughters Wanda and Patricia; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1984-1996; died, in office, May 19, 1996, heart, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, city of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; no information available on interment.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Chair, Southwark section of  Philadelphia Public Housing Chapter; Philadelphia Welfare Rights Organization, 1967-68; founder, Philadelphia Citizens in Action; board member, Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority; Congress of Black Women, Philadelphia Chapter; Allegheny Women Foundation; Long Term Care Council; Pennsylvania. Trauma Systems Foundation; Children’s Health Advisory Council; co-chair, Coalition of Concerned Citizens; member, Pennsylvania. Legislative Black Caucus; member, Martin Luther King Center for Social Change; National Political Congress of Black Women.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate, 3rd district, Philadelphia County, 1985-1996; minority chair, Public Health and Welfare Committee, member, Aging and Youth, Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure and Urban Affairs and Housing Committees; first black woman elected to the Senate of Pennsylvania, 1984, second woman to serve in the Pennsylvania State Senate, since Flora M. Vare, 1928.


McQuown, L. (Ed.). (1996). The Pennsylvania manual, Volume 112. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Biographical Sketches of Senators pages 3-17 and 3-43.