The website All on Georgia reported that Jones was reported as “not voting” a total of 98 times this session. Votes lawmakers missed because of an excused absence were not included in the ranking.
The state representative with the second highest number of skipped votes had 56. Because Jones' tally of 98 was such an outlier, the All on Georgia article was shared widely on social media and led to an 11 Alive news report plus criticism from Jones' constituents.
Jones said he won’t apologize for focusing on family during the last day of session, even if it meant missing dozens of votes.
“Unfortunately, I was more concerned about the emergency and at that point in time you do what you have to do,” he said. “That was important, and I don’t regret it at all.”
For a look at Jones' overall voting record, including votes taken and bills sponsored this year, visit the Georgia Legislative Navigator.