State Representative James White is a native Texan born in Houston, TX. He attended Houston ISD public schools before graduating with honors from Prairie View A&M University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. In addition, he completed his doctorate in political science at the University of Houston.
The United States Congress commissioned Rep. White as an officer of Infantry in the U.S. Army. His service included an assignment with the Berlin Brigade from 1987-90 during the demise of the Soviet Union.
After leaving the Army with an Honorable Discharge in 1992, Rep. White began a career as a public school educator in the Houston area. He continued his teaching career in Fort Bend, Livingston, and Woodville independent school districts. He taught United States history, Texas history, and geography at the secondary level. Rep. White also taught U.S. Government and Economics at the collegiate and high school level. Rep. White coached high school football, basketball, and soccer and officiated youth sports.
Rep. White was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. Throughout his tenure in the Legislature, Rep. White has been a strong advocate for the residents of District 19 and is committed to ensuring the people of Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, and Tyler counties are well represented in the State Legislature. He believes in the fundamental values of strong families, constitutional government, and economic prosperity. He has been recognized for practicing these core values through various awards including: Empower Texans “Taxpayer Champion”; Texas Association of Business “Champions for Free Enterprise”; Texas Eagle Forum “Most Conservative Rating”; American Conservative Union “Award for Conservative Excellence”; Conservative Roundtable of Texas “Lone Star Conservative Leader”; National Federation of Independent Business in Texas “100% Rating”; “Perfect Pro-Life Voting Record” – Texas Right to Life. The Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Association recognized Rep. White as their 2015 Legislator of the Year. Additionally, Texas Appleseed honored Rep. White in 2015 for authoring landmark legislation that decriminalized truancy for juveniles in Texas.
Currently, Rep. White serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Corrections and sits on the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence and Redistricting committees. He has previously served on the County Affairs, Agriculture and Livestock, Human Trafficking, Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement, Transportation Planning, Mental Health, International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs, and Opioid & Substance Abuse committees.
In 2011, he passed House Bill (HB) 1503 allowing for the appointment of qualified peace officers to a polling station. Then in 2013, Rep. White passed HB 1129 creating a pilot program that allowed active duty military voters abroad the ability to cast their ballots in an efficient manner. The program was expanded statewide in 2015. This past session, his legislative office worked on legislation reforming our correctional institutions. He sponsored Senate Bill (SB) 183 which imposed a criminal penalty on those who were charged of improper sexual conduct with juveniles in custody. Through SB 1024, Rep. White authorized the Windham School District to provide credit leading to a high school diploma or certificate to TDCJ offender-students who complete curriculum requirements. In addition, Rep. White joint-sponsored body camera legislation that aids in reducing the number of false claims made against law enforcement officers (SB 158) and enhancing transparency during investigatory stops.
Rep. White also passed legislation affecting Texas youth in 2015. SB 409 limited access to and protected the confidential records of youth in the juvenile justice information system. Furthermore, HB 2398 enhanced student school attendance and academic achievement. The legislation decriminalized truancy offenses but maintained the criminal offense for adults that contribute to truancy.
Rep. White and his wife, Gem, reside in Tyler County where he maintains a small cattle ranch and works as a business development consultant. He attends and worships at Hillister Baptist Church. Additionally, he is a active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Texas Farm Bureau.
James White es texano de nacimiento y creció en Houston, donde asistió a las escuelas públicas. Se diplomó con honores de la Universidad Prairie View A&M en 1986 con especialización en Ciencias Políticas y en Ciencia Militar. Posteriormente, el Congreso de los EE. UU. lo comisionó como oficial de Infantería del Ejército de los EE. UU., donde sirvió a su país en diversas partes del mundo, más notablemente de 1987-90, en la Brigada Berlín en los últimos estertores de la Unión Soviética.
Luego de retirarse del Ejército con honores en 1992, James comenzó su carrera de docente en las escuelas públicas del área de Houston. Finalizó sus estudios doctorales en Ciencias Políticas en la Universidad de Houston y ha ejercido la docencia enseñando Ciencias Sociales en escuelas medias, secundarias e instituciones universitarias. Además, James se ha desempeñado como entrenador de fútbol americano y baloncesto y, en su tiempo libre, ha sido árbitro de deportes juveniles.
Fue elegido a la Cámara de Representantes de Texas en el 2010. James es un enérgico representante de los residentes del Distrito 19. Está comprometido con su meta de asegurar que la gente de los condados de Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk y Tyler esté bien representada en la Legislatura Estatal. James es un eficiente y apasionado defensor de los valores fundamentales de familias sólidas, de gobiernos constitucionales, de menores impuestos y de mayor prosperidad económica. Ha trabajado en el Comité Conjunto sobre el Tráfico Humano y en el Comité de Agricultura y Ganadería. Actualmente, participa en los Comités de Temas Emergentes del Orden Público en Texas, de Justicia Juvenil y Asuntos de Familia, y se encuentra en su segundo período como vicepresidente del Comité de Correccionales.
James se enorgullece de que el condado de Tyler sea su hogar, donde mantiene un pequeño rancho ganadero. Es miembro de Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion y del Buró Agrícola de Texas. Comulga en la iglesia Hillister Baptist Church de Hillister.
Archived Photo Gallery
Rep. White and Flat Stanley lay out legislation on the House Floor. Flat Stanley looks forward to sharing what he has learned with Mrs. Sadler's class back in Silsbee upon his return.
Silsbee Tigers Visit State Capitol 2018
State Representative James White to host Tyler County delegation.
Rep.White at Texas 4-H Day at the State Capitol.
Rep.White meets with honor students from the Silsbee High School.
Rep.White met with the Gonzales family for HB 1361.
Rep.White and Speaker Joe Straus welcome Dr. Ron McMurry.
UIL Track & Field and Academics Picture Release from Rep. White
State Capitol in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.