Audia was born to her loving parents in a working class community. Her father served as a paratrooper and Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol in Vietnam, followed by a career as an aviation engineer. Her mother was a lifelong educator who taught special needs children for more than thirty years in the public sector. As a woman of color, Audia grew up with a deep appreciation for community and public service while understanding the social and economic issues that plague our society.
Audia attended the University of Rhode Island on a full four-year NCAA College Basketball Scholarship, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Afterwards, Audia attended Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law where she earned an academic scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Her life of public service took shape as a Summer Law Clerk in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. After earning her law degree, Audia worked as a Counsel Fellow for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. She quickly advanced from the duties of a Fellow to a Congressional Staffer managing the House Judiciary Committee Portfolio for the Congresswoman. In approximately 50 hearings, Audia prepared detailed analysis of key legislation affecting various subject matters, including crime and terrorism, immigration and cybersecurity while effectively communicating the pros and cons of each legislative item to the Congresswoman.
Following her experiences at the United States House of Representatives, Audia joined the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney where she quickly advanced up the ranks.
A Champion for Change
While working in the misdemeanor and felony trial bureau she witnessed courts disproportionately filled with the poor, people of color, intellectually disabled, and people suffering with addiction standing accused of non-violent offenses. It became clear that the criminal justice system was sorely broken and was not working for the benefit of our largest and most vulnerable communities.
Audia is fueled with determination that all citizens should have equal rights and opportunities within the criminal justice system.
Harris County deserves to be a national champion for criminal justice reform, using a modern approach to empower the community. Audia will use strategies that have been proven to:
Combat violent crime;
Treat everyone fairly and equally;
Reduce likelihood of future crimes;
Build trust in the District Attorney’s Office;
Rehabilitate non-violent offenders through special programs;
Make Harris County a safer place to raise a family, live and work;
Focus juvenile prosecution on rehabilitation rather than punishment; and,
Seriously address and protect the needs of victims.
Audia Jones is married to her best friend and has two children: a two year old son and ten year old niece.