Meet Deshaundra Lockhart Jones
Get to know the woman behind the movement, her life, what she stands for, and what her plans are for our district!
Deshaundra Lockhart Jones, the third African American woman elected to DeSoto City Council, participated in the passage of much of the 2009 technology and finance stabilization legislation during the two phases of her municipal career.
After a short hiatus, Lockhart Jones returned to City Council in 2016, as an ardent defender of residential housing and auxiliary support at a time when much of the legislation she had helped establish was being rolled back. As a veteran politician who had a significant impact on the region during both stints on the City Council, Lockhart Jones’s legislative approach was premised on the belief that she was, not elected to City Council, to represent only her place, only, but rather, she was truly a legislator with statewide impact.”
Deshaundra Lockhart Jones was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1970, as one of two children raised by parents, an educator and a law enforcement professional. Lockhart Jones graduated from David W. Carter High School in the top 10% of her class and went on to attend Dallas County Community College in Dallas, Texas before graduating from Texas A & M Commerce in Commerce, Texas in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In 1997, Lockhart Jones earned a Masters of Arts degree from Amberton University. Lockhart Jones moved to DeSoto in 1999, where she worked as a municipality employee in the district attorney’s office. She has expertise in locating rare talent and eventually, Lockhart Jones went into independent life and health insurance traveled statewide lecturing on health insurance options to businesses and associations. Early 2000s, Lockhart Jones founded the Lynnwood Estates Homeowners Association and worked to address public safety concerns, an successfully negotiated commercial and residential impasses until a sustainable resolutions were found. It was this work, as a grass-roots community leader, that inspired Lockhart Jones to become a public servant. Lockhart Jones was ran and won her first political in 2008 for City Council. She won her second term because of high voter confidence. The second 3 year term was won. Lockhart Jones’s third term electoral success relied on a staff of tireless volunteers, and won with 66% of the votes, unseating a Republican incumbent DeSoto City Council, Place 3. Lockhart Jones is a genuine person who cares about constituents and considers their impact prior to final vote. She is an effective, efficient voice for the people.