A descendant of Oregon pioneers, Jim grew up on a Century farm near Noti, Oregon.
He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Vietnam War.
He has been a manager for Red Lion Hotels (9 years) & Inns and Albertsons (18 years).
Jim is a past member of many local government boards and commissions, including the Eugene School District 4J Budget Committee and the Metropolitan Area Planning Advisory Committee (that wrote the Eugene - Springfield General Plan and it's associated TRANSPLAN (which provided for the Chambers Connector and the extension of Pioneer Parkway & building of the Bob Straub Parkway)).
Jim is: A former PTA President. A Fomer Lane County chair for his political party. A long-time coach and board member for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). A long-time volunteer leader for the Boy Scouts of America.