People describe Jim as a hardworking, funny, kind, trustworthy, down-to-earth guy. His Boy Scout troop would say he is generous, respectful, tough but fair, clean but not afraid to get dirty, goofy yet serious and patriotic. He is a great leader. Jim believes in listening, fairness, and serving others. These values were instilled in him early and they guide him today as he runs to represent us in Olympia.
Jim’s parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. He is the oldest of 5 siblings. His father was in management of the Burlington Northern Railroad and they moved many times. He graduated High School early and worked his way through Montana State University, graduating in 1989. He worked for an ABC affiliate. He got his pilot’s license as a hobby. He worked for BNSF Railroad for 11 years and remains a union member. Wanting to spend more time with family, he retired and started some businesses with his brothers. They have commercial property investments and the family owns childcare learning centers with 11 locations in Puget Sound with over 300 employees.
His wife Pennie grew up in Lynnwood. As a youth, she was in Explorer Search and Rescue, Camp Fire Girls 12 years, Homecoming Queen, and Miss Lynnwood Court. A former preschool teacher, she helps with the business however she can. They have 3 adult daughters and a son (Eagle Scout) in public high school. Jim, Pennie, and their children, have been active volunteers in their community. They have sponsored and volunteered at the Local Food Bank. They have sponsored and spent countless hours coaching and umpiring youth softball and baseball teams, and volunteering at Summer Camps. Instilling community service, compassion, and hardworking values in their kids is important.
Jim was a founding director of the Monroe Public School Foundation. He remains a MPSF member and sponsor. Over the last 10 years as Cub Master and Scout Master, Jim has completed and even taught hundreds of hours of Boy Scout and adult leader training courses. He has received many adult scouting awards. These courses and awards include Pack Trainer, BALOO course director 5 years, Cub Scout Day camp quartermaster 4 years, earned Wood Badge (adult equivalent of Eagle) and Wood Badge Staff Member and Director 3 years, Council Committee Chair, Council Committee Vice President, the District Award of Merit, the Cub Master of the Year Award, and the Council Audit Chair. He received the highest award in the council, The Silver Beaver. Always having lots of fun, working with all kinds of people, and making a difference along the way.
He will listen, and work hard to find bipartisan solutions to the problems we face.