Tim James (politician)

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Tim James
Personal details
Born (1962-03-03) March 3, 1962 (age 57)
Opelika, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationAuburn University (BS)
WebsiteCampaign website

Tim James (born March 3, 1962) is an American businessman from Alabama. The son of former Alabama Governor Fob James, he sought and lost the Republican Party nomination for Governor of Alabama twice, finishing third in the Republican primaries in both 2002 and 2010.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Tim James was born in Opelika, Alabama. He attended Baylor School, a co-educational private secondary school on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee and then Auburn University in Auburn, where he earned a degree in finance.[2] While at the Baylor School, he played high school football. He was recruited as a running back for Auburn, where he played alongside Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson.[3][4]

Since 1984, James has been married to his wife, Angela James. The couple reside in Greenville and have three children: Fleming, Tim Jr., and Sarah.[5]


In 2004, James and his brothers entered into an agreement with Orange Beach, Alabama, to build a toll bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. Although analysts expected the city to profit from the project beginning in 2014, the city must now borrow to meet the terms of the arrangement. James no longer owns the bridge but sold it to an Australian company for $70 million. As of December 2009, the city had paid the company almost twice the amount the city collected in revenues from the bridge.[6] He has owned and operated asphalt and heavy construction businesses; with his father and brothers, formed and operated the Escambia County Environmental Corp., an incineration company treating non-hazardous industrial waste, 1986-1996.[7]

Political positions[edit]

The Washington Post has described him as a conservative Republican.

James has been an outspoken opponent of President Barack Obama's and President George W. Bush's economic proposals. He asserts that financial corporations, the auto industry, and insurance companies should not be bailed out by taxpayers but should file bankruptcy.[8] He has also called for improvements to education including higher pay for school administrators.[8] He opposes the legalization of gambling as a means to fund education.[2][9] James is pro-life and opposes public funding for abortions. James opposes expansion of same-sex benefits to employees of the University of Alabama in Birmingham and stated that "If elected Governor of Alabama, I will vigorously oppose this measure and will enforce the spirit of Alabama law defining marriage as a sacred union between a woman and a man."[10] He wants English-only driver's license exams. He claims that Alabama is an English-speaking state and ought not waste money issuing the exam in 12 languages. This was part of a cost-reduction program he proposed.[11]

He has not ruled out a return to politics in the future.[12]

Gubernatorial campaigns[edit]

James finished third in the 2002 Republican gubernatorial primary. The theme of his 2010 campaign was "common sense" solutions.[13] Typically, his campaign focused on job creation and the economy.[14]

In 2010, he came in third in the Republican primary, losing a runoff berth to second-place finisher (and eventual primary winner) Robert J. Bentley by 167 votes. Other candidates in the 2010 race included then lawyer Bradley Byrne and former State Treasurer, Kay Ivey.

James stated that as governor he would end multilingual testing for driver's licenses in Alabama in favor of English-only testing.[15] A campaign commercial on this issue gained attention in the national media and on the internet.[16][17] The advertisement drew criticism from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann, the editorial page of The New York Times, Jon Stewart, CNN's Rick Sanchez, Fox News Channel's Juan Williams, and Comedy Central comedian Daniel Tosh.[18][19][20]

James's campaign was managed by Sandra Lucas, a former staffer of Governor Bob Riley.[21] The campaign was being advised by the former national campaign chairman to Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who unsuccessfully sought the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. John Saltsman served as senior adviser to the James campaign.[22] The Huckabee campaign won in Alabama during the 2008 Republican primary. James' campaign chairman was former U.S. Congressman Sonny Callahan of Mobile. U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt served as an advisor to the campaign.[23] Brett Hall, Press Secretary for former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, managed the campaign initially and then served as communications director after Lucas was brought on board.[24] Libertarian activist and consultant Stephen P. Gordon served as the e-Campaign Director.[25] [26]


  1. ^ George Talbot (June 4, 2008). "James makes early bid for governor". Mobile Register (newspaper). Mobile, Alabama. p. B1.
  2. ^ a b Brittany Whitley (February 14, 2010). "ELECTION 2010: The Governor's Race/Tim James". Opelika-Auburn News. p. State and Regional News.
  3. ^ While at Auburn University he was a member of the Nu chapter of Kappa Alpha Order.This is Alabama Archived 2010-05-02 at the Wayback Machine,The Chattanoogan
  4. ^ TIM JAMES: A Record of Achievement; A Passion to Serve Archived 2009-06-10 at the Wayback Machine,Republican Women of the Shoals
  5. ^ "About Tim". Timjames2010. Archived from the original on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  6. ^ Ryan Dezember (December 18, 2009). "Bridge traffic declines again; Traffic on Toll Bridge drops BEACH EXPRESS". Mobile Register (newspaper). Mobile, Alabama. p. A1.
  7. ^ "Campaign 2010: Tim James says it's right time for him to be governor of Alabama (with videos) | AL.com". Blog.al.com. 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  8. ^ a b Michael A. Bell (June 2, 2009). "State and Regional News". Anniston Star. Anniston, Alabama.
  9. ^ John Peck (February 3, 2010). "Gambling with state budgets". Huntsville Times. p. 9A.
  10. ^ "このドメインはお名前.comで取得されています。". Timjames2010.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  11. ^ "Alabama's Tim James Wants English Only Driver License Exams". YouTube.com. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  12. ^ Kim Chandler (2010-06-22). "Tim James drops out of Alabama governor's race | AL.com". Blog.al.com. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  13. ^ "Solutions". Timjames2010.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  14. ^ James says economy, jobs biggest issues[permanent dead link],Sand Mountain Reporter
  15. ^ Tim James: This is Alabama. We Speak English,FOX Atlanta
  16. ^ Video: The obligatory “Tim James ‘we speak English’” ad,hotair.com
  17. ^ Tim James, Superstar,Washington Post
  18. ^ Campaigning is so easy a caveman can do it,Birmingham News
  19. ^ James' ad stirs up debate across US,Montgomery Advertiser
  20. ^ [1] Archived August 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Tim James names former Riley staffer as campaign manager[permanent dead link],Associated Press
  22. ^ Phillip Rawls (June 19, 2008). "Tim James". The Associated Press. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  23. ^ Rep. Aderholt backing Tim James for Ala. governor,NBC 13
  24. ^ Brett Hall Leaving Kentucky Archived 2009-06-12 at the Wayback Machine,WHAS-11
  25. ^ Wiki News "Prohibition Party Holds Convention" en.wikinews.org. June, 2011 n:Talk:Prohibition Party holds convention; nominates Jack Fellure for U.S. President
  26. ^ [2] Archived October 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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