Legislative Leadership: Republican Deputy Floor Leader 2009-10, 2011-12; Republican Caucus Chair, 2005-06; Majority Caucus Chair, 2004; Republican Whip, 2001-02.
Elective Office: House of Representatives 1994, 1996; Senate 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, current term expires January 2015.
Standing Committees (2011-13): Ranking Republican Member, Environment Water & Energy; Member, Agriculture & Rural Economic Development; Member, Ways & Means.
Special Committees: Joint Legislative Committee on Water Supply During Drought; Joint Legislative-Executive Columbia River Partnership; Study of Offshore Outsourcing; State Capitol Furnishings and Preservation Committee; Council of State Governments, Western Water Policy Committee; Joint Executive Legislative Water Policy and Water Dispute Resolution Committee; Washington State Commemorative Quarter Advisory Commission; State Capitol Legislative Building Rehabilitation/Renovation Oversight Committee; Washington State Historical Society, board member; Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Advisory Committee.
Awards & Honors: Association of Washington Business “Cornerstone” award, 2007; 2006 Champions of Free Enterprise Award, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.; 2005 Landmark Deeds Award for Public Service, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation; 2005 Jim Matson Award, highest honor presented by the Association of Washington Business; 100 percent voting record on issues important to farmers, Washington Farm Bureau, 2005; 2004-05 Legislator of the Year, Washington Association of Agricultural Educators; Outstanding Legislator Award, National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), 1997-98; 2000 NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award; 2000 Legislator of the Year Award, Washington Association of Agricultural Educators; 2000 Outstanding Leadership Award, NW Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America; 2002 Outstanding Service Award, Prosser School District; 2002 Appreciation Award, Latino/a Educational Achievement Project; 2002 Washington Farm Bureau 100% Voting Record Award.
Education: Central Washington University, B.A. in Education; B.A. in Sociology; Masters of Education in Instructional Media.
Civic Activities: Washington State Historical Society, board of trustees; Sunnyside City Council; Habitat for Humanity, board member; Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, former council president; Washington State Farm Bureau; Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce; Sunnyside Tennis Club, founder and former president; Washington State Grape Society.
Employment: Policeman, City of Ellensburg, 1960-66; Teacher, coach, librarian, Sunnyside School District, 1966-1995; Farmer.
Personal: Jim was born in Ontario, Ore., but moved to Sunnyside in 1956; He and his wife, Jerri, are the parents of four grown children.