Jim was born in Chicago of a Norwegian mother who was a 2nd generation American and a Dutch father who immigrated with his family in 1910. He excelled in scholastics early, being the Valedictorian of his grade school and received the Bausch and Lomb award for Science in High School. He was recommended to attend the University of Chicago when 16 years old to study for a masters degree in atomic physics. Instead he attended Purdue University to receive a mechanical engineering degree and a commission as a 2nd Lt in the USAF reserve. He was offered jobs in engineering with Ford Motor, Studebaker, and Rocketdyne, and with General Electric in their management training program.
After graduation he was active duty for three years in Tokyo where he met his first wife, Yukiko Honda. They had three children and seven grandchildren. He has lived with minorities and is well traveled experiencing many cultures.
After serving in the air force, Jim became a rocket scientist with North American Aviation where he helped develop the Apollo moon rockets and the first ICBM’s. Jim stayed mostly in the defense industry as an engineer and manager becoming a flight simulation engineer in advanced military aircraft and the space shuttle.
Jim has been a union member in SPEEA at Boeing and has fought for workers rights.
Jim has also been an Investment Advisor, a small business owner, and involved in corporate startups in aviation and retail.
Jim has been on his church council, the treasurer, and has been an officer in a flying club and a running club. His life experience uniquely qualifies him to be your congressman.
Jim met his current wife, Frances Postma while working at Boeing in Seattle. He is now retired.
Jim has been interested in politics and government for 50 years. In 2008 he got the call to run for congress to work for Americanist principles.