attorney, cattle runner, and former state senator from Ruston,
Louisiana, Bill Jones comes from a long line of Louisiana cowboys.
He learned to “cowboy” at an early age by catching wild cows from
the woods of Bienville Parish. He spent his college summers in Ohio
and Montana raising yearlings, branding cattle, and breaking colts.
A love of these experiences led Jones to work cattle in Idaho,
Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, and back home in Louisiana.
“Where most folks take up golf, tennis, or skiing,” he explains, “I
just kept riding after cows.” Jones has always had a passion for
writing and a fascination with the history and personal accounts of
“cowboying” in Louisiana.
Jones, Jr. was born in Ruston in 1947 and attended Louisiana Tech
University on a football scholarship, graduating with a bachelor’s
degree in animal science. He worked in the cattle industry for two
years and then attended law school at Louisiana State University.
After practicing law in Houston for five years, he returned home to
start a lumber business with his brother. Jones spent five months
during 1999 completing research and interviewing cowboys at the Gray
Ranch in Ged, Louisiana. He later served as a Louisiana state
senator, representing Jackson, Lincoln, and Ouachita Parishes from
2000 to 2004.
practices law and runs cattle in Ruston, Louisiana, where he is a
member of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, the Louisiana Bar
Association, the Lincoln Parish Chamber of Commerce, and a lifelong
member of Trinity United Methodist Church.