U.S. Sen. Doug Jones released a statement Friday thanking Alabamians on the eve of his departure from the Senate. Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville is set to be sworn in to the seat Sunday.
Jones’ message stated:
“To the people of Alabama: thank you. When I was elected to this seat, I promised to do my best to represent each of you whether or not you voted for me, and I’m proud of the work that we were able to accomplish together. From working to expand Medicaid in Alabama to supporting Alabama’s military through my seat on the Armed Services Committee, fighting for civil rights and voting rights, advocating for small businesses and working families, to making a quality education more accessible, it has been the great honor of my life to serve as your United States Senator.”
Jones also posted a farewell message on twitter in a video that interspersed current remarks with clips from his farewell speech on the floor and scenes from his time as senator.
It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve Alabama in the U.S. Senate. I promised to be a strong advocate and a voice for Alabamians and I am confident we did just that. pic.twitter.com/4gQ3S1Wu3M
— Archived: Senator Doug Jones (@SenDougJones) January 1, 2021
He talked about his time in the Senate and gave some words of advice to the next people to sit in those chairs: “I would say to the next Congress, you have probably the greatest opportunity that we have seen since the Great Depression to really build a country, rebuild an economy, rebuild health care in a way that is inclusive, that does away with disparities, that makes sure people are treated equally, that all boats get lifted.”
Jones said, “I hope to be remembered as someone that was effective, that cared about the people he was representing, that worked hard but also somebody that stayed true to their principles, that tried to work with the people of Alabama and understand the differences we have in Alabama. I’d hope I’d be remembered as somebody that tried to bring folks together.”
In a string of tweets, Jones said he was proud to have had more than 25 bipartisan bills passed and signed into law, including bills to repeal the military widow’s tax and permanently renew funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He said he also was proud of the issues he fought for, including the expansion of Medicaid and broadband in Alabama and provision of wastewater infrastructure in the Black Belt.
The press statement issued Friday also pointed to accomplishments of his office while he was senator, including 2,094 cases completed to help Alabamians resolve issues with federal agencies; more than 40 in-person and virtual town halls; and 624 letters written in support of Alabamians’ federal grant applications.
While a senator, he earned three major U.S. Chamber of Commerce awards for bipartisanship and support of free enterprise, the Military Officers Association Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Award, the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Champion Award and the National Emergency Management Association’s 2020 Congressional Leadership Award, among many others.