Jim arrived in Arizona at the age of five with his parents, coming from Chicago' North Shore to a cattle ranch in southern Arizona, near the rural town of Patagonia. Patagonia was 700 people in 1947 and it is still 700 people sixty years later! Jim mostly remembers the chores to be done from an early age on this working cattle ranch, but on reflection believes it was a wonderful place to grow up and be a boy.
Jim has divided much of his life since first getting elected to Congress between Washington and Arizona, but many might not know that as a teenager, he was appointed to be a U.S. Senate Page by Arizona's iconic Senator, Barry Goldwater. Ironically, as a high school student and Senate Page, he lived in a rooming house directly across the street from the house that he and Hector now share. He was "hooked" on politics at an early age!
After college and graduate school and a stint in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam, part of the time served with the new Secretary of State, John Kerry, on small coastal patrol, or "Swift" boats, Jim worked in Illinois and then in the private sector in Arizona before launching his political career with service in the Arizona legislature and the U.S. Congress. The rest is history.