James A. Barcia

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Jim Barcia
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 31st district
In office
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2010
Preceded by Ken Sikkema
Succeeded by Mike Green
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Paul B. Henry
Succeeded by Dale Kildee
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 34th district
In office
Preceded by Jerome T. Hart
Succeeded by Joel Gougeon
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 101st district
In office
Preceded by Colleen Engler
Succeeded by Thomas L. Hickner
Personal details
Born (1952-02-25) February 25, 1952 (age 65)
Bay City, Michigan
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Victoria
Profession public administration

James Allan (Jim) Barcia (born February 25, 1952) is a Democratic politician from Michigan. He has served successively in the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate, the United States House of Representatives and then again the Michigan Senate, from which he was term-limited in January 2011.[1][2]


Barcia was born in Bay City, Michigan. He graduated from Bay City Central High School. He received a B.A. from Saginaw Valley State College in 1974. He was staff assistant to United States Senator Philip A. Hart of Michigan in 1971. Barcia also was a community service coordinator for the Michigan Blood Center, between 1974 and 1975, and he was an administrative assistant to Michigan state representative Donald J. Albosta, from 1975 to 1976.

Political career[edit]

Barcia was a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives, from 1977 to 1983. He left the House after being elected to the Michigan Senate, where he served until he resigned in 1993 to enter the United States House of Representatives.

Barcia's Congressional District from 1993 to 2002

Barcia was elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 5th congressional district to the 103rd Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1993 to January 3, 2003. He was a moderate Democrat who opposed abortion and gun control. He had a lifetime rating of 54 from the American Conservative Union—the highest of any Democrat from Michigan at the time.

After the United States 2000 Census, Barcia's district was dismantled by the Republican-controlled state legislature. Most of his district's territory was shifted to the 10th District, but his home in Bay City was merged with the neighboring 9th District of fellow Democrat Dale Kildee. The new district retained Barcia's district number (the 5th), but was geographically more Kildee's district. Under the circumstances, Barcia opted to run for his old seat in the State Senate and won.

On October 10, 2002, Jim Barcia was among the 81 House Democrats who voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq.

With Kildee announcing his retirement July 2011, Barcia considered running for his congressional seat in 2012 but passed on the race.[3]

In 2016, Barcia won election to the position of Bay County Executive, after winning the Democratic primary against long-time incumbent Thomas Hickner in August.[4] This is a four year term where Barcia will be CEO of the county.


  1. ^ Michigan Legislative Service Bureau (2006). Michigan Manual 2005-2006. Lansing, MI: Legislative Council, State of Michigan. p. 129. ISBN 1-878210-06-8. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  2. ^ Michigan Senate Democrats (2007). "Michigan Senate Democrats: About Jim Barcia". Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  3. ^ http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2011/07/former_state_sen_jim_barcia_st.html
  4. ^ http://www.baycounty-mi.gov/Executive/

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Paul B. Henry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Dale Kildee