With Equality PAC’s support, Congressman Mondaire Jones made history in 2020 and became the nation’s first openly LGBTQ Black Member of Congress.
A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. Life wasn’t easy, but the Jones family managed. And Mondaire’s mother always encouraged him to dream big despite their circumstances.
Mondaire went on to work at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration and to later graduate from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the boards of the NAACP and the New York Civil Liberties Union. Prior to being elected to Congress, Mondaire was a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department.
Since his arrival in Congress, Mondaire has taken advantage of every opportunity to fight for his community in Washington. He was elected unanimously by his colleagues as Freshman Representative to House Democratic Leadership for Spring 2021 and he was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He has established himself as a leader on issues of democracy reform, civil rights, childcare, and climate.