Personal Profile

Full Name James White
Age 52
Hometown Hillister
Race Black
Occupation Educator
Education B.A., Prairie View A&M University
Religion Baptist
Church Hillister Baptist Church

James White is the representative of Texas’ House District 19, serving since 2013. The district includes Tyler, Polk, Jasper, Newton and Hardin counties.

He is serving as the vice chair of the Corrections Committee. He also sits on the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues and the Emerging Issues In Texas Law Enforcement committees. He previously served on the County Affairs Committee. He is 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.

His legislative focus includes promoting limited government, lower taxes and economic development.

White maintains a small cattle ranch. He has taught American government and free enterprise economics and coached football and basketball at Woodville High School. Additionally, White has taught government at Angelina College in Lufkin. During the Fall '12 semester, White taught dual-credit Government at Warren High School.

He graduated with honors from Prairie View A&M University with a degree in political science and military science. He completed doctoral studies in political science at the University of Houston. The United States Congress commissioned White 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. White is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Texas Farm Bureau.

He worships at Hillister Baptist Church in Hillister.

Information in this bio was provided by White's office.
Last updated: March 22, 2015.