Ben Jones (Georgia congressman)

Ben Lewis Jones ( born August 30, 1941 in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina ) is an American actor and politician. Between 1989 and 1993 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Ben Jones attended until 1959, the Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth ( Virginia). He then studied 1961-1964 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then worked as a professional entertainer in show business. Between 1979 and 1985, he starred in the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard" ( The Dukes of Hazzard ) the role of Cooter Davenport.

Politically, Jones joined the Democratic Party. In 1986, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress. In the congressional elections of 1988, but he was then in the fourth electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded Pat Swindall took on January 3, 1989, he had beaten in the election. In the election helped him a perjury indictment against Swindall raised. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1993, two legislative sessions. During this time the 27th Amendment was adopted. Prior to the elections of 1992 he was defeated in the primary of his party. In 1994, he competed unsuccessfully to return to Congress.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Jones returned to show business. He was also active as a writer. In 1998, he caused a stir when he, although a member of the Democratic Party, in the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton was inviting the latter to resign. Previously, he had worked as an actor in the movie " Primary Colors ," which focuses on an ajar to Clinton character - played by John Travolta - is and will be critically examined. In 2002, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Virginia.