Personal Profile

Full Name Jim McReynolds
Age 75
Race White
Occupation Landman/Owner Chapparel Energy
Education B.A., Abilene Christian University; M.A., Lamar University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
Spouse: Judy
Church Church of Christ

Representative Jim McReynolds is a former teacher and current owner of Chapparel Energy Inc. first elected to represent HD-12 in 1997.

He is the current chairman of the House Corrections Committee on Corrections and also sits on the Calendars and Public Health committees.

He has previously served on the House Human Services, Juvenile Justice & Family Issues, Appropriations, Public Health, Local Government and Ways & Means committees, and as vice chairman of the Agriculture & Livestock Committee. He is a former vice chairman of the House Rural Caucus, has held posts on the Long Term Care Legislative Oversight and Welfare to Work committees, and was appointed to the House Select Committee on Rural Development and the Joint Committee on Agricultural Policy.

McReynolds is also a former member of the Joint Committee on Higher Education Excellence Funding, the Agricultural Policy Board, the House Research Organization, and the National Conference of State Legislators Agriculture and Rural Development Standing Committee

McReynolds served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Reserve and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant after six years of service.

Reynolds has been awarded the "Betty Hardwick Best of Texas Award" by the Texas Council of Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Centers, named a "Top Ten Legislator" by the Texas Bar Association, a "Legislative Star" by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, "Freshman of the Year" by Chartwell Industries, “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Association of College Teachers and the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, and been recognized in various ways by the Texas Silver Haired Legislators, Texas Forestry Association, Council of Texas Forest Products Manufacturers, Boys & Girls Club, Deep East Texas Development Association, the Texas Agricultural Council, Texas Poultry Federation, the Retired Teachers Association, the Texas Special Olympics , and the State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association of Texas.

He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, earned a B.S. from Abilene Christian University , M.A. in History from Lamar University, and a P.h.D. in History from Texas Tech University. He is married to Judy Lewis McReynolds, an elementary school teacher, and the couple has two sons, Jackson and Jefferson McReynolds.