Linda has been an Arizona resident for 40 years. She was born in Indiana and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from the age of 16 until she moved to Tucson. Her son, Aaron, age 40 was born in California. Her daughters, Toni, age 35, and Bobbi, age 33, were born in Tucson. She is married to Rudy Jones. Rudy brought to the family his 3 sons, Roland, Bryan, and Jason. Together Linda and Rudy have 11 wonderful grandsons: Jordan, 21, Kyle, 18, Roland, Jr., 18, Quentin, 15, Dylan, 14, Isayah, 8, Jayden, 4, Io, 3, twins Riley and Brady, 1, and Luca, 4 months.
Linda graduated from De Anza High School in El Sobrante, CA and then attended the University of California at Berkeley from 1966 to 1968. She and Aaron moved to Tucson in 1972. Linda completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona in 1990 and attended graduate school for one year.
Linda served as a member of the Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board for 18 years and completed her service to Sunnyside Community in 2006. During her tenure as a locally elected school board member she also advocated for public education at the state and federal level. She served as President of the Arizona School Boards Association, President of the Arizona Hispanic Caucus of School Board Members and the National Hispanic Caucus of School Board Members. She was also Chair of the Council of Urban Boards of Education and a board member of the National School Boards Association.
In 2000 Linda was elected to the Arizona Legislature. She served as State Representative from 2001 to 2008 when she was elected to the State Senate. She is currently a member of the Appropriations, Education, Health, and Public Safety and Human Services committees. She is also a member of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. She has served in Democratic Caucus leadership positions in both the House and the Senate.
Linda is also employed by La Frontera Arizona, the state’s largest behavioral health provider. During her 21 years at La Frontera she has served as Child/Family Specialist and Clinical Supervisor of the Child/Family Center and currently is the agency’s Community Relations Coordinator.
Her community service has been extensive over the years. She is currently a board member of the Arizona Virtual Academy, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and Jobs for Arizona Graduates. She also is the Board Chair of the Center for Women Policy Studies, the nation’s first feminist think tank. She is a member of the Arizona Women’s Political Caucus, the National Organization for Women, the NAACP, Compassion & Choices, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, Planned Parenthood, Los Descendientes of Tucson, AAUW, and many more organizations.