AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones barnstormed the state Tuesday to announce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2012.
Jones aims to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who plans to retire when her current term expires. Jones joins a crowded field for the Republican nomination, which includes the current chairman of the Texas railroad commission, Michael Williams.
Jones stopped in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio on Tuesday with plans to visit 10 more cities. Before being appointed to the Railroad Commission, she was elected three times to the state House of Representatives. She is originally from San Antonio.