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John James in a campaign ad [30]

John E. James is a businessman, Iraq War veteran, and political candidate based out of Farmington Hills, Michigan. James is currently running for United States Senate in Michigan. He is also the President of James Group International, a family of supply chain services companies founded by his father. On July 27, 2018, President Donald Trump endorsed James in Michigan's Republican primary for U.S. Senate, calling him a "spectacular" candidate with "such great potential." On August 7, 2018 James won the primary with 54.7% of the vote becoming the Republican Party nominee. [4] [2] [5] [46]

Personal Life

John James with his wife Elizabeth and their two young boys [39]

John James and his wife Elizabeth live in Farmington Hills, Michigan  with their two young boys ages, 2 and 4 (as of 2018). The James™ love spending time with their parents and family members who reside on both sides of Michigan. James and his family enjoy spending time outdoors. They are also active members of the Brightmoor Christian Church in Novi, Michigan. [4]


John James graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with a concentration in Systems (Industrial) Engineering. In 2015, James earned a master's degree  in Supply Chain Management and Information Systems from Penn State University. He graduated from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with a Masters of Business Administration in 2015. James is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. James is a member of Kappa Delta Lambda and the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. [4] [5]


Poster about John James' service in the United States Army [3]

Military Career

At the age of 17, John James made the decision to join the United States Military. After graduating from West Point in 2004, he became a Ranger School -qualified Aviation Officer in the United States Army. John went on to serve with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he earned a Combat Action Badge (CAB) and two Air Medals, among other awards, while logging 753.8 flight hours in theater (warfare) leading two Apache Helicopter platoons. After eight years of service to the nation, John James was honorably discharged. [4] [5] [19]

Business Career

John James helping one of his employees [4]

John James joined Renaissance Global Logistics (RGL) in 2012 as the Director of Operations after his military service. RGL is one of the supply chain services companies under James Group International which was founded by his father, John A. James. The family of companies is based out of Detroit, Michigan. [5] [4]

James later became the President of James Group International and CEO of Renaissance Global Logistics (RGL) where he is responsible for the strategic leadership of people and processes to maximize shareholder value and customer satisfaction. Under James' leadership the company grew from $35 million to $137 million in revenue while creating 100 additional jobs in Michigan and around the United States. [5] [4] [19]

James Group International was honored in Crain's  Detroit: 50 Fastest Growing Companies in 2014 under John James' tenure. [17] James was personally honored in the Michigan Chronicle's: Class of 2014 40 Under 40 and in dBusiness: 30 in Their Thirties 2012. [15] [16] [5]

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Conservative Warrior (campaign ad)

Political Campaign

On Thursday, September 21, 2017 John James announced the he would be running for United States Senate in Michigan. James said he is running because the Senate needs someone with combat and business experience like himself. [18]

James is running against Sandy Pensler who owns a detergent manufacturing company for the Republican open Primary on August 7, 2018. The winner will advance to face third-term incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow in November 2018. [19] [20]

According to a NBC News / Marist poll conducted from July 15-19, 2018, among likely voters, John James has 32% support a 7% lead over Pensler who is polling at 23%. However, 45% of likely voters are undecided. [21] [14] [13]

Early in the primary campaign, Pensler, who loaned his campaign $5 million, had a financial advantage over James, who gave only $50,000 to his campaign. James ultimately raised $3.9 million by the end of June 2018, with an additional $1.3 million in cash by August 2018. [47]

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John James wins Republican nod for US Senate, will face Debbie Stabenow

Primary Victory

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018 James won the Republican Primary for the Senate seat. He received 516,345 votes (54.7% of the vote) while his opponent Pensler received 428,105 votes (45.3% of the vote). After the primary win, he will go on to face incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow in the general election in November 2018. [20] [47] [49] [48]

President Donald Trump  who had previously endorsed John James congratulated James on the win in a tweet. [50]

Congratulations to a future STAR of the Republican Party, future Senator John James. A big and bold victory tonight in the Great State of Michigan - the first of many. November cant come fast enough! [50]


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Fox News: Trump Endorses Senate GOP Hopeful John James

John James has received the endorsement of many conservative politicians, celebrities, and organizations. Most notably he received the endorsement of President Donald Trump  on July 27, 2018 who called James a "spectacular" candidate with "such great potential."  He has also received the endorsements of Republican politicians including, Congressman Bill Huizenga, Congressman Paul Mitchell, Congressman Mike Bishop, Ambassador John Bolton, and Senator Marco Rubio. [19] [11]

He received the endorsement  of conservative organizations including Right to life, Senate Conservatives Fund, American Conservative Union (hosts of CPAC), the Family Research Council and the Susan B. Anthony List. James has received the endorsement of business organizations including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of Builders and Contractors of Michigan. He has been endorsed by conservative celebrities including, Michigan Agriculture Icon Wayne Wood, former Navy SEAL Robert O™Neill, Kid Rock, and Ted Nugent. [11] [12] [23]

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump's endorsement of John James [24]

On July 27, 2018, John James was endorsed by President Donald Trump  in two tweets. [24] [19] [20] [10]

".@JohnJamesMI, who is running in the Republican Primary in the great state of Michigan, is SPECTACULAR! Vote on August 7th. Rarely have I seen a candidate with such great potential. West Point graduate, successful businessman and a African American leader...." [24]

"...John is strong on crime and borders, loves our Military, our Vets and our Second Amendment. He will be a star. He has my full and total Endorsement!" [24]

John James responded in a statement and a retweet. [24] [25]

œI am proud to receive the endorsement of President Trump. With this morning™s announcement of 4.1% economic growth, America™s economy is thriving under President Trump™s leadership. I want to help the President create more economic opportunity, secure our borders, and strengthen our national security. From the battlefield to the boardroom, I have the experience to get the job done for Michigan. I look forward to working with President Trump to help create policies that better the lives of Michigan families.� [24]

"Thank you, President Donald Trump! I look forward to working with you to make MICHIGAN, and AMERICA, great again! >>> 💪🇺🇸 @realDonaldTrump #MAGA #LetsFlyMI #TeamJohnJames #MISen" [25]

Political Positions


John James is committed to supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States means abiding by it as written. He will fight to preserve the separation of powers in the United States, fight for limited government and will approve justices who will interpret the constitution as written. [26]

Border Security

John James that their needs to be a greater focus on border security. "I understand how to secure a border because I™ve done it before. Sovereign nations must have secure borders and entry points. I support Kate™s Law and I will support defunding ˜ sanctuary cities,™ or as I call them, ˜outlaw cities™." [26]

Pro-2nd Amendment

James supports the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. œA well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT be infringed.� Enough said! [26]


John James calls himself 100% Pro-Life and has received the endorsement of multiple Pro-Life organizations including Right to Life, the Family Research Council and the Susan B. Anthony List. [26]


As a veteran  of who served in the Iraq War, James believes that, "we must to do a better job preparing our service members for life outside of the military, because re-integrating into civilian life should not be the toughest battle that we (vets) face." [26]

Social Security

John James supports the Social Security  program. "Protecting Social Security for our seniors today and saving it for our grandchildren tomorrow are moral obligations. Hard working and honest Michiganders of all generations are owed a return on their lifelong investment into the System." [26]

Balanced Budget

John James believes the National debt of the United States  is a national security threat. "We must rein in spending! I would support a balanced budget amendment and will work to cut waste and consolidate or eliminate entire departments in the federal bureaucracy." [26]


James believes more needs to be done to fix Michigan's infrastructure. " Pot holes and blighted buildings have no place in Michigan™s future. I will work to ensure an infrastructure package that is more than simply repairing our legacy but building our future." [26]


John James wants trade deals that will benefit Michigan as a global leader in the agriculture and automotive industries. "I support free, but fair trade. We must ensure that our trade deals and federal regulations make sense, do not put Michigan-made goods at a disadvantage and keep jobs in Michigan." [26]

Entitlement Reform

James believes in using entitlements  to help those in temporary need rather than create a long term dependency on the government. "Dependency should not be the destiny of any American. Michigan deserves a Senator who will work to eliminate poverty, not just make it more comfortable." [26]


John James believes that the United States is both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. "We welcome legal immigrants, but illegal immigration is a direct affront to our laws and to those who abide by them. We must end illegal immigration." [26]


Michigan™s food and agricultural industry includes over 52,000 farms, employing over 900,000 Michiganders as of 2018. John James believes, "to remain a global leader in agriculture we must ensure that federal regulations make sense and do not put Michigan farmers on an unequal playing field with our competitors." [26]


John James believes that every child in Michigan should be career or college ready when he or she leaves high school. He believes that, "parents and local communities should be empowered to determine the best way to achieve this goal, not Washington." [26]

Great Lakes

James believes that the Great Lakes are a national treasure which also supports a robust fishing and tourism industry here in Michigan." I will champion policies and programs that not only protect environmental quality throughout the Great Lakes but will protect them from invasive species such as Asian carp." [26]

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