Jim Lower

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James Lower
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 70th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2017
Preceded byRick Outman
Personal details
Born (1989-04-10) April 10, 1989 (age 30)
Ionia, Michigan
Political partyRepublican
ChildrenAaron and Kate
ResidenceGreenville, Michigan
Alma materMichigan State University (B.S., economics)
Grand Valley State University (M.B.A.)
WebsiteState Rep. James Lower and Campaign website

James Lower (born April 10, 1989)[1] is an American politician who has served as a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives representing the 70th district since 2017. Lower previously served on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners, was the Village Manager of Edmore, Michigan, and was the campaign manager for Brian Calley's state senate campaign in 2010.

Elected office and political career[edit]

Lower was elected to the Ionia County Board of Commissioners in 2010, becoming one of the youngest elected officials in Michigan and the board's youngest member as a 21-year-old. [2] Jim also served as Village Manager for the Village of Edmore, Michigan until he announced his candidacy for the Michigan House of Representatives.[3][4]

Michigan state representative Rick Outman was term limited out of the 70th District House seat in 2016. Lower announced his candidacy for the seat in January 2016 and won the 2016 election with 63% of the vote, beating Democratic Party candidate Ken Hart and Green Party candidate Michael Anderson.[4][5]

In December 2018, Lower sponsored a bill during the lame-duck session which would make it harder to get signatures for ballot initiatives. The Detroit Free Press noted that the bill came "on the heels of three successful ballot proposals that were overwhelmingly approved by voters... but were opposed by many Republicans." The bill would require that a ballot initiative can not get more than 15 percent of total signatures from any one of Michigan's 14 districts. Lower said that the intention behind the bill was to "get more transparency in the process and more input from voters."[6]

Lower lives in Greenville, Michigan with his wife Kristen and two young children.[3]

Lower is currently running for Michigan's 3rd congressional district seat against former Republican, turned Independent, U.S. Representative Justin Amash.[7][8]


  1. ^ "James Lower". Library of Michigan. Michigan Department of Education. 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Meet James Lower, Newest and youngest member of the Ionia County Board of Directors". Ionia Sentinel-Standard. December 31, 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "James Lower, District 70". Michigan House Republicans. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Edmore village manager resigning to campaign for state house". The Daily News. Greenville, Michigan: Stafford Media. February 19, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "2016 Michigan Official General Election Results - 11/08/2016". Elections in Michigan. Michigan Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Gray, Kathleen; Egan, Paul (December 21, 2018). "GOP bill making it tougher to get proposals on ballot heads to Snyder". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  7. ^ Waldon, Elisabeth (May 20, 2019). "Rep. Jim Lower to primary Congressman Justin Amash". The Daily News. Greenville, Michigan: Stafford Media. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Spangler, Todd (May 20, 2019). "After impeachment remarks, Rep. Justin Amash gets Republican challenger". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved May 21, 2019.