Jim has worked in and around Lansing political circles for over 25 years. A former legislative staffer, with a background rooted in policy, he has held senior positions in both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Senate. In between his public service stints, Jim practiced law with a major Michigan firm where he focused on government relations, regulatory compliance and civil litigation. Just prior to joining the Chamber, Jim served as Chief of Staff for Representative Craig DeRoche during his tenure as Speaker of the House and Minority Leader. Jim joined the Michigan Chamber in January of 2008 to lead the Business Advocacy team. In his role Jim is responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing strategies to enact the Chamber’s Legislative Agenda and foster policies beneficial to Michigan’s economic climate. Jim holds a bachelors degree from Central Michigan University, a law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School, and a MBA from the University of Michigan. Jim resides in Haslett with his wife and two children.