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Born in Bar Harbor to a pianist mother and a drummer father, Jones grew up surrounded by music. He sang in the local church choir through high school and began playing bass guitar at age 12. He has performed widely, including before the United Nations, alongside such jazz notables as J. Eric Johnson , Steve Hunt , Russell "Permik" Tubbs and Hal Russell. He earned honors degrees in mathematics, American studies and a Doctorate in Law from the Unversity of Maine's School of Law.
First elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1994, Jones became Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Utilities and Energy. In this position he drafted and sponsored Maine's Electric Deregulation Act, chairing all hearings and workshops. The act passed unanimously, and the resulting influx of cheap electricity led to Maine Yankee Nuclear Plant being deemed unnecessary. In 1997 Maine Yankee was shut down. In 1995, Jones released a recording of his song Meltdown, on the C.D. of that name, in honor of his happenstance visit to Three Mile Island, on the night of March 28, 1979.
After serving in two consecutive sessions of the Maine House of Representatives, Kyle W. Jones chose to not run for office a third time.
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