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His father started a company in Detroit with a truck, trailer, and “no excuses.” John James followed a similar path, one that led the Detroit native to be the AgriPac-endorsed Friend of Agriculture candidate for U.S. Senate.
A Republican, James served in the U.S. Army for eight years as a Ranger-qualified Apache helicopter pilot. He received a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a master’s degree in supply chain and information systems at Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Now president of the logistics and supply chain management firm James Group International Inc., he’s bringing his passion and success through service and small business to Michigan politics — and Michigan farmers.
“We need more political leaders who not only believe in faith and family, God and country, but will also do the hard work to create unity, compassion, and the courage to do what is right,” James said. “I’ve made life-and-death decisions in combat, and I’ve made livelihood decisions here at home in Michigan during tough times. Growing up in a family business, I share a common understanding with farmers who grew up in family businesses that pass from generation to generation. I believe that real representation matters. I am not a career politician. I am beholden only to the people of Michigan.”
One way he will do that is by protecting farmers’ livelihoods, he said, including scaling back overburdensome regulations that “strangle our farmers’ ability to thrive.”
“My father, John A. James, was born in the Jim Crow South,” James said. “He lived across the street from Mississippi State University and couldn’t attend classes because he was Black. But he did not allow the circumstances of his birth to dictate his destiny. He enlisted in the Army, served in Vietnam, and then moved to Detroit to start a company with one truck, one trailer and no excuses.
“He created a successful family business that he has passed on to me and my brother. I know first hand how much work goes into a small family business. While traveling the state, I have met so many farmers with stories just like mine, and I am proud to be from a state where there are so many small and large family-run operations that are still passed on from one generation to the next.”
James’ campaign has established a farmer’s advisory coalition, which focuses on family farms. Michigan dairy farmer Hank Choate is a leader in the advisory group.
“The best solution is to provide every ability and resource to let our farmers and small businesses compete,” he said. “We must regain agricultural and manufacturing independence. We must regain our ability to make a living now and protect the American dream for future generations. If we can get them a level playing field and stop bogging them down with overregulation and lack of common sense from elected officials, our small and large businesses and farmers can compete with anyone in the world.”
According to James, success can come from free and fair trade systems, immigration reform, and a tax and regulatory system that doesn’t penalize small or large businesses and farms.
“Right now, my focus continues to be on the health of Michiganders such as getting our frontline healthcare workers proper Personal Protection Equipment, cleaning supplies to law enforcement, and donating to food banks to help our vulnerable populations,” James said. “I want to help small businesses and farms get through this crisis. Throughout American history, during times of crisis, our population knows we can always count on our family farms to keep America fed and healthy, and you have our gratitude.”
To learn more about John James, visit https://johnjamesforsenate.com/.