A Tradition of Hard Work

No stranger to hard work, James has worked since high school holding his first job doing manual labor. Continuing the work ethic he learned from his family, he worked during his time at the University of South Carolina as a page and a legislative aide for former State Representative Tim Rogers. During his time at the University of South Carolina Law School, James was a clerk in the fifth Circuit Solicitorís office where he learned firsthand about the tough job of prosecuting criminal cases. 

As the current representative of South Carolina House District 72, James visits regularly with the people in his district. He believes strongly in listening to his constituentís concerns and working with members of the legislature that will benefit his district and South Carolina.

James has consistently been recognized by his colleagues and organizations across the South Carolina for his hard work and ability to lead.  He was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of South Carolina in 1997 and named the South Carolina Barís Young Lawyer of the Year in 1999.  In his first ten years of practice, James was rated by his peers through Martindale-Hubble as ďAVĒ, the highest awarded. 

Additionally, James was honored when first elected to office in 1996.  During his first year of service, James was elected Assistant Minority Leader, a position he held for three years before becoming the Chief Minority Whip.  In 2002 James was again selected by peers as House Minority Leader, a position he held until 2005. 

James has been honored with many awards for organizations as the Legislative of the Year.  Most recently he received the Sergeant William Jasper Freedom Award from the South Carolina State Chamber of Commerce, and he was recognized with the Outstanding Member of the House of Representative Award from The American Legion Department of South Carolina.

James has also received recognition for his military service by receiving the Combat Infantrymanís Badge, The Bronze Star and The Purple Heart.

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