|Full Name||James Frank|
|Occupation||Owner, Sharp Iron Group and Transland|
|Education||B.A., Texas A&M University|
|Church||First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls|
A longtime resident of Wichita Falls, Representative James Frank graduated from Rider High School and earned a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. He then began an eleven year career in banking in Fort Worth and Wichita Falls before venturing into business ownership in 2000 when he purchased a local metal fabrication business known as BW Fabricators. Since that time, the company, now known as Sharp Iron Group, has grown through internal growth and acquisitions to include field service, welding, machining, sheet metal and electrical controls manufacturing capabilities. Sharp Iron Group has grown from 15 employees in 2000 to 110 employees today.
A true advocate for business and jobs in Texas, Frank purchased California-based Transland in 2007 and moved its operations to Texas. Transland’s 30 employees operate the leading manufacturer of dispersal equipment for crop dusting and aerial firefighting.
A respected and involved community leader, Frank, 50, has served as president of the board of Straight Street and of Home Educators Around Texoma, the vice-chairman of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry and served on the advisory board of the Lalani Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Midwestern State University. He was involved in helping start the “Idea Wichita Falls” business plan competition, serves on the board of the now locally owned MagicAire and is involved with the Texoma Angels, a group providing financing to entrepreneurs in the area.
Currently in his third term in the Texas House of Representatives, Frank serves as the Vice-Chair of the Human Services Committee and is on the Natural Resources Committee and the Local & Consent Calendars Committee. His focus on seeing government provide core services more efficiently led to his sponsorship of House Bill 5 and House Bill 6 to reform Child Protective Services (CPS) and its parent agency, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). He is passionate about limited government that serves constituents rather than bureaucracy, common sense local control, increased personal freedom and responsibility, and will continue to focus on streamlining the functions of government.
James and his wife of 28 years, Alisha, are active members of First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, where he serves as a deacon and Life Group leader. They have six sons aged 11 to 25.
Information in this bio was provided by Frank's office.
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2017