State Representative R. Lee James Announces Re-election Bid

| January 24, 2020

OIL CITY, Pa. – State Representative R. Lee James, a Republican from Oil City, is a candidate for re-election to a fifth two-year term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

He will seek the Republican nomination in the April 28 primary election for a seat in the 64th District, which includes all of Venango County and the northern portion of Butler County.

James, elected to his first term in 2012, worked 40 years in the commercial banking and finance industry.

He is a U.S. Navy veteran and served on the Military Academy Advisory Board for 22 years.

James serves as a trustee of Clarion University.

In the state House, James is a member of the Appropriations, Environmental Resources/Energy, Veterans Affairs, Emergency Preparedness, and Local Government Committees.

He is also co-chairman of the Parks and Recreation, Arts and Culture, and International Business Caucuses.

During his time in the state legislature, James said he has worked diligently to serve as “a trusted conservative voice that fights for our rural way of life and stands up for the working class values we share in this part of Pennsylvania.”

He said his legislative priorities have included passing fiscally responsible budgets that do not include tax increases, enacting pro-growth policies that allow the private sector to protect and create family-sustaining jobs, investing in the infrastructure necessary to promote a strong economy and safe communities, improving and preserving the education system for students and parents, and working with law enforcement, providers, and victims to combat the opioid crisis.

“I will continue to stand up for the issues that matter the most to us,” James said in announcing his candidacy.

He and his wife, Maureen, have three children and four grandchildren.


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