Alma Jones has been serving in the Iowa Statehouse since early February but it’s her mother, Representative Megan Jones , who was sworn in on January 14, 2013 to represent the 2nd District in the Iowa House of Representatives. That’s right, a 3 month old baby is on the floor of the Iowa House and my heart can not handle it.
Representative Jones, a Republican, gave birth to Alma on January 24, 2018 which was just 16 days after the state legislature went into session. By early February, Rep Jones was back but this time, with her daughter. Representative Jones told the Des Moines Register:
“My folks deserve to have a voice here. They elected me to do a job, and I needed to be here. So it was never a thought that I was going to take more time. I was going to take what we needed and that was it.”
Jones told ABC News:
“Being a legislator is kind of a unique position because no one can really fill in for me because no one can vote in my place. And so if I wasn’t here to vote, then my constituents wouldn’t have a voice and so I really wanted to make sure that I missed as few votes as possible. I think we are just doing what a lot of other families are doing and that’s just making the situation work.”