Personal Profile


Full Name James White
Age 50
Hometown Woodville
Race Black
Occupation Educator
Education B.A., Prairie View A&M University
Religion Baptist
Church Hillister Baptist Church

Representative James White is honored and humbled to give back to the people of East Texas through his service to House District 12 and effective January 2013, to House District 19. During his first term, he served the people of Angelina, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Tyler counties and during his second term, he will serve the people of Tyler, Polk, Jasper, Newton and Hardin counties. James serves on the House Committee on County Affairs and the House Committee on Corrections. James is a passionate and effective advocate for the fundamental values of strong families, limited government, lower taxes, and economic development. He puts those values into practice as a member of the Republican Caucus, the Tea Party Caucus, the Legislative Black Caucus, the Rural Caucus, the Manufacturing Caucus, and the Texas Conservative Coalition.

James grew up in Houston where he attended public schools. He graduated with honors from Prairie View A&M University with a degree in political science and military science. The United States Congress commissioned James as an officer of Infantry in the U.S. Army, where he served his country in assignments throughout the world, most notably from 1987-90 in the Berlin Brigade.

James is proud to call Tyler County home, where he maintains a small cattle ranch and completed doctoral studies in political science at the University of Houston. He has taught American government and free enterprise economics and coached football and basketball at Woodville High School. Additionally, James has taught government at Angelina College in Lufkin. During the Fall '12 semester, James has been teaching dual-credit Government at Warren High School.

James is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Texas Farm Bureau, and he worships at Hillister Baptist Church in Hillister.