“Once a Marine Always a Marine”
Like too many young people today, Jim Butler grew up in a “broken home” often living with extended members of the family. Jim joined the United States Marine Corps when he was 17 and was meritoriously promoted for exemplary performance several times before completing his enlistment in 1989.
While in the Marine Corps, Jim completed many technical schools required to become a helicopter mechanic, crew chief, and quality assurance inspector. Jim had specialized training in many areas including maintenance administration, advanced weapons utilization, and even nuclear weapons transport. Jim spent nearly a year and a half deployed aboard amphibious assault ships in the Asian Pacific.
Upon completing his enlistment Jim started and operated a classic automobile restoration business in Southern California. He also taught ballroom dancing in the evenings, which is where he met his wife Anna Maria who was also a dance instructor.
In 1991, Jim and Anna Maria returned to Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia where they bought the old dairy farm where his mom was born and raised. They have two children, Blayne born in 2000, and Kayla born in 2003. Jim and Anna Maria’s family is active in church and the community.
Jim started an excavating and logging business in 1993, and he has been helping people in the community build their dreams; from digging basements and footers, to clearing land, building driveways. etc.
Jim and his family became heavily involved in politics in 2009 as West Virginia’s top industry, coal, came under serious attack. He first ran for office in 2012 and was elected on a platform of limited government and reasonable regulations, to create an environment in West Virginia where industries can locate and thrive; industries which will provide jobs for West Virginia families.
Jim has been successful; he became a member of the first Republican Majority Legislature in West Virginia in over 80 years. Jim has helped pass legislation to fund major road projects in his district, he has helped pass legislation to increase safety for his constituents, and he has continuously battled special interest groups to pass legislation to make West Virginia a state where job creating businesses can succeed. Most importantly; Jim is determined to the success and wellbeing of West Virginian’s.
Marine Corp Training/Education
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* Marine Corps Veteran (Honorably Discharged Sergeant, 10-1988)