Flags at Half-Staff--Theodore “Ted” Jones
WHEREAS, a true Louisiana legend, Theodore “Ted” Jones, died on on Sunday, August 11 at the age of 85;
WHEREAS, Ted was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, University of Mississippi Law School, and Georgetown University;
WHEREAS, a life-long musician, Ted played alongside such musical greats as Elvis Presley and his longtime bandmate, Governor Jimmie Davis;
WHEREAS, Ted served as Chief of Staff to United States Representative Speedy Long, counsel to Governor John McKeithen, special counsel for Governor Edwin Edwards; special counsel to the Louisiana Public Service Commission and the Louisiana Tax Commission, and the chief Washington D.C. lobbyist for the State of Louisiana;
WHEREAS, after his government service, Ted was a successful lawyer and lobbyist, and served as a close friend and adviser to many in elected office in Louisiana and Washington D.C.;
WHEREAS, Ted was also one of the leading figures of the Washington Mardi Gras celebration serving as chairman and a Senior Lieutenant in the Mystic Krewe of Louisianians; and
WHEREAS, among his many accolades, Ted Jones was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in 2007 and recognized as a Louisiana Public Broadcasting Louisiana Legend in 2018;
NOW THEREFORE, I, JOHN BEL EDWARDS, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: As an expression of respect and to honor Theodore “Ted” Jones, the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana shall be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol and all state buildings on August 12, 2019.
SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until sunset, on August 12, 2019.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 11th day of August, 2019.
John Bel Edwards
Secretary of State