Jim shares Utahns’ desire for a safe, healthy and prosperous future for our next generations. Jim’s parents instilled in him the knowledge that there is honor in public service and that is important to give something back to the community- and he and his wife Amy, a pediatrician, are passing the same values on to their sons.
Jim knows that the best investment we can make in our children is to provide an excellent public education—with parents, teachers and local school districts in charge, not the federal government. Jim—after listening to local school officials—has pushed back against the inflexible, one-size-fits-all regulations under the No Child Left Behind and has sought solutions that make sense for Utah schools.
As a father, Jim is focused on improving children’s safety—such as helping keep kids safe online, improving emergency care for small patients, and making sure that toys and children’s products are free from lead and other toxins from foreign manufacturers. He believes that caring for our kids is always the right thing to do.
Jim believes that time spent with family is the most important part of the day. The fast-growing Wasatch Front cities have day and night traffic backups, a problem Jim has been working to solve in partnership with local officials. He believes that investing in infrastructure—safe, efficient roads and bridges, airports and mass transit—promotes economic growth and gets parents home more quickly to be with their children.