Peter Lawson Jones graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College, where he studied government. He is also a graduate of Harvard Law School. Jones worked as law director and prosecutor for the village of Woodmere, and president of the Ohio Works! Company in Cleveland, a venture that placed welfare recipients in permanent full-time employment. He has also worked as a law clerk with the Supreme Court of Ohio, a congressional liaison officer with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, a speechwriter and spokesman for the 1976 Carter/Mondale Presidential Campaign, and a press and legislative aide with the United States House of Representatives. Currently, Jones is a partner with the law firm of Roetzel & Andress, working in the firm's Cleveland office as part of the public law group.
Jones has substantial experience in government and politics. He served as both councilman and vice mayor in the city of Shaker Heights. He was the first African American ever nominated to run for Lieutenant Governor in Ohio. In addition, Jones is co-general counsel of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and previously served as special counsel for the Ohio Attorney General and associate bar examiner for the Supreme Court of Ohio.
In 2000, the 11th District elected Jones to his third term as a state representative. He serves on a number of House committees: Finance and Appropriations, Rules and Reference, and Criminal Justice.