Arthur J. Jones

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Arthur J. Jones
Personal details
Arthur Joseph Jones

(1948-01-01) January 1, 1948 (age 73)
Beloit, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Other political
American Nazi
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Known forHolocaust denial[1]
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1969–1971
Battles/warsVietnam War

Arthur Joseph Jones (born January 1, 1948) is an American neo-Nazi and perennial candidate.[2][3][4] After running unopposed in the primary election, he was the Republican candidate for Illinois's 3rd congressional district in the November 2018 midterm elections, losing to Democrat Dan Lipinski.

Early life and career[edit]

Jones was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, to Lillian Jones, a Sunday School teacher and Arthur Joseph Jones Sr., a factory worker and World War II veteran.[5] He served in the United States Army in the Vietnam War.[6][7] He studied at University of Wisconsin–Whitewater from 1974 and majored in political science and journalism.[8]

Jones is an independent insurance broker who worked in commission sales for large insurance companies for 25 years.[6]



Jones was a member of the National Socialist White People's Party for eight years[9] and describes himself as a former leader of the American Nazi Party, the NSWPP's former name.[1] He has also been a member of the Populist Party, a far-right political party active in the 1980s and 1990s.[10]


A perennial candidate, Jones has run for various elected offices since 1976, but has never won an office. In that year, Jones unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[11] In 1987, he unsuccessfully ran for alderman of the 13th Ward of Chicago.[11] As of 2018, Jones had run for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican eight times; in 1984, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2018.[11] In 1989 Jones had attempted to run for mayor of Chicago, but was denied inclusion on the Republican primary ballot due to issues regarding his candidature petition.[12]

In 2017, Jones declared his intent to run for the Republican nomination for Congress from Illinois's 3rd congressional district in 2018; he was the only declared candidate of that party. His candidacy was repudiated by the Illinois Republican Party[4][3] and the Republican National Committee. RNC spokesperson Michael Ahrens stated, "We condemn this candidate and his hateful rhetoric in the strongest possible terms".[13] Jones won the primary unopposed on March 20, 2018 and moved on to face Democratic incumbent Dan Lipinski in the general election. Following his primary victory, Republican party officials encouraged members not to vote for Jones.[14][15] Despite the GOP disavowing him, 26.2 percent of voters still voted for him in the general election on November 6, 2018, as he lost by more than 47 points.[16]

Jones ran for Congress in Illinois's 3rd congressional district again in 2020 and was described as a "fake Republican" by the party whose nomination he was attempting to gain. One of the party's digital ads ran with the slogan "Say No To The Nazi".[17] He came a poor third in the eventual result of the primaries.[18]


Jones is a white nationalist and Holocaust denier.[3][4][19][11] His 2018 candidate website calls the Holocaust a "racket." He has claimed that the Holocaust was "the biggest, blackest lie in history"[15] and "nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews."[10][20] Jones does not support interracial marriage or integration in public schools.[15] In 1993, Jones was filmed in a fight with Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee Jr. on The Jerry Springer Show.[21] Jones also “saluted” Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for his views about Jews, as well as referring to Jews as the enemy.[22]

A neo-Nazi, Jones appears in a photo captioned: "Jones was a guest speaker at the event organized by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, based in North Carolina"; the image is in a slideshow on his own official candidate website.[23] The same slideshow has another image (captioned "Arthur Jones speaking in Harrisburg Penn., on November 5, 2016") showing him among black-clothed men who hold a National Socialist Movement banner and carry shields marked with the neo-Nazi circle-cross emblem.[24] The same slideshow has an image showing Jones speaking amid Aryan Nations emblems (caption: "Art Jones speaking at the Aryan Nations 2014 World Congress in Converse, La.")[25]

Jones has attended many rallies commemorating Adolf Hitler or supporting white supremacy.[10] Jones considers himself a "white racialist" and has stated "I will work with the [Ku Klux] Klan, with socialists—I exclude communists of course—any patriotic organization that is in general agreement with my beliefs and principles".[9]

In 2016, he was a supporter of Donald Trump for president. Jones said in an interview then, "I agree with a lot of what Mr. Trump has to say [...] He's his own man. I like the fact that doesn't have to go hat in hand to Jewish billionaires to get money".[26] In February 2018, Jones nonetheless said President Trump "surrounded himself with hordes of Jews", and regrets his 2016 vote.[11] At a neo-Nazi meeting in Kentucky, Jones said that Trump "surrounded himself with hordes of Jews including a Jew in his own family, that punk named Jared Kushner", and moved on to say "I'm sorry I voted for the son of a bitch, pardon my English" and that Trump was "nothing but a puppet … this Jew-loving fool", all of which was also captured on video.[13]

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, it takes thousands more signatures to get ballot-approved as an independent candidate than as a Republican; Jones therefore ran in 2016 as a Republican, but the party disavowed him and found technical reasons for removing him from past ballots.[4] Again according to the Sun-Times, Jones took countermeasures in 2017 and 2018 for which the party was unprepared, and so he appeared on their ballot despite official Republican disapproval.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

Milwaukee mayoral primary election, 1976[27][a]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Henry W. Maier 54,796 69.5%
Nonpartisan Jan A. Olson 8,706 11.0%
Nonpartisan Roman R. Blenski 4,964 6.3%
Nonpartisan Arthur J. Jones 4,294 5.4%
Nonpartisan Douglas Tebo 3,183 4.0%
Nonpartisan Teana Wright 1,686 2.1%
Nonpartisan Bernard Sentner 1,201 1.5%
Total votes 78,830 100.0%
Illinois's 3rd congressional district Republican primary, 1984[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard D. Murphy 6,619 48.6%
Republican Casimir G. Oksas 4,695 36.5%
Republican Arthur J. Jones 2,025 14.9%
Total votes 13,339 100.0%
Chicago City Council Ward 13 election, 1987[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan John Madrzyk 27,209 82.6%
Nonpartisan James J. O'Connell 4,658 14.2%
Nonpartisan Arthur J. Jones 1,055 3.2%
Total votes 32,922 100.0%
Illinois's 3rd congressional district Republican primary, 1992[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harry C. Lepinske 8,852 29.3%
Republican John O'Connor 8,708 28.9%
Republican Bill O'Connor 7,419 24.6%
Republican Barbara Purdy 4,389 14.6%
Republican Arthur J. Jones 795 2.6%
Total votes 30,163 100.0%
Illinois's 3rd congressional district Republican primary, 1996[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Nalepa 20,853 74.7%
Republican Edward J. Schumann 4,167 14.9%
Republican Arthur J. Jones 2,884 10.3%
Total votes 27,904 100.0%
Illinois's 3rd congressional district Republican primary, 1998[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Marshall 9,553 49.3%
Republican Karl A. Groth 7,424 38.3%
Republican Arthur J. Jones 2,401 12.4%
Total votes 19,378 100.0%
Illinois's 3rd congressional district Republican primary, 2006[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Raymond G. Wardingley 12,603 70.6%
Republican Arthur J. Jones 5,242 29.4%
Total votes 17,845 100.0%
Illinois's 3rd congressional district Republican primary, 2008[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Hawkins 13,722 66.9%
Republican Arthur J. Jones 6,804 33.1%
Total votes 20,526 100.0%
Illinois's 3rd congressional district Republican primary, 2012[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard L. Grabowski 20,895 59.4%
Republican Jim Falvey 10,449 29.7%
Republican Arthur J. Jones 3,861 11.0%
Total votes 35,205 100.0%
Illinois's 3rd congressional district general election, 2018[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dan Lipinski (incumbent) 163,053 73.0%
Republican Arthur J. Jones 57,885 25.9%
Write-in votes Justin Hanson 1,353 0.6%
Write-in votes Kenneth Yerkes 1,039 0.5%
Write-in votes Richard Mayers 4 0.0%
Total votes 223,334 100.0%
Illinois's 3rd congressional district Republican primary, 2020[37][38][39][40]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Fricilone 9,804 57.5%
Republican Catherine O'Shea 5,541 32.5%
Republican Arthur Jones 1,708 10.0%
Total votes 17.053 100.0%


  1. ^ The candidates who placed first and second in the primary advanced to the general election.


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