I want to provide my district with an experienced, effective voice on issues related to rural Nebraska, with a specific focus on the need to enhance and maintain infrastructure, including education, health care, housing, broadband as well as well as conventional items such as roads and bridges.
Build bridges to urban senators on those issues important to rural Nebraska.
Advocate cooperation and collaboration in a legislature that has grown more partisan and divisive over the past decade.
Advocate on behalf of our democratic issues.
Jim is the operating partner for his family’s diversified farming, ranching and cattle feeding operation near Callaway, Nebraska. In 2000 Jim was presented the Champion of Small Business Award from the University of Nebraska Business Development Center for his role in founding Wild West, Inc., which owned and operated the Whiskey Creek Steakhouse chain.
In August of 2018, Jim was nominated by the Blueprint Nebraska Steering Committee to chair the Blueprint Entrepreneurship Council – leading entrepreneurs and innovators from across the state. He also serves on the board of directors for the Platte Institute, whose mission is to advance policies that remove barriers to growth and opportunity in Nebraska.
Jim currently serves on the Agriculture Builders of Nebraska board of directors and is a board member of the Callaway Hospital. Jim is a past chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Board; is a past board member of the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition; former executive director of the Nebraska Corn-Fed Beef program; served for nine years on the Custer County Planning Commission; and is a past president of the Nebraska Restaurant Association. Jim is a past member of the President’s Advisory Council at the University of Nebraska.
Jim received a bachelor’s degree from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois and did graduate work at Northwestern Kellogg School of Business in Chicago.
Jim is a member of the Callaway United Methodist Church and is married to Julianna Jenkins, a Broken Bow attorney. They have three grown children, Whitney, Peter and Haley.