Personal Profile

Full Name Ruth Jones McClendon
Age 74
Race Black
Occupation Business Owner
Education B.A., Texas Southern University; M.A., Webster University
Spouse: Denver
Religion Catholic
Church Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

Ruth Jones McClendon is the representative of Texas’ House District 120, first elected in 1996.

McClendon is serving as chair of the Rules & Resolutions Committee. She also sits on the Transportation and Appropriations committees and Subcommittee on Articles I, IV & V. She previously served as the chair of the House Rules and Resolution Committee and also sat on the Joint Criminal Justice Oversight Committee.

She is the founder of the Community Crime Prevention Network, Inc., and president and chief executive officer of RJMcClendon and Co. She is a former juvenile probation officer and Bexar County administrator.

Following the 81st Legislature Texas Monthly awarded Jones an "Honorable Mention" and Capitol Inside included her on its "Top Tier of Legislators” list.

Representative McClendon has also been recognized by Who's Who in American Politics, Who's Who of American Women, World's Who's Who of Women, International, Who's Who of Professional & Business Women and Who's Who in Texas History lists.

She is also the recipient of the 2006 Regional and State "Legislator of the Year" awards from the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards, and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition presented her its “Outstanding Leadership Award” in May 2009.

A native Texan, born in Houston, and a graduate of Phillis Wheatley High School and Texas Southern University, she earned her Master of Arts degree from Webster University. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Guadalupe College Theological Seminary and an Honorary Associates Degree from St. Philip’s College. As a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, she serves as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister. She is married to retired Lt. Colonel Denver McClendon. They have four adult children.

Information in this bio was provided by McClendon's office.
Last updated: March 21, 2015.