Jim and his wife, Kristen, are the proud parents of two children, Aaron and Kate. Jim was born and raised in a working-class family in the 3rd District and today he still calls our community “home”. Jim’s college education cost him one hundred and twenty thousand dollars. With the exception of a generous gift of ten thousand from a family friend, Jim paid the remaining one hundred and ten thousand dollars by working almost full time. He graduated from Michigan State University in just three years, skipped a semester, and then went to Grand Valley State University where he earned his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).