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About Jesse

"I am honored to serve the people of the 23rd. Thank you for trusting me to be your voice and to pass great laws for our state."

Jesse James is a lifelong resident of the Eau Claire Area. He served in the U.S. Army for six years before attending Chippewa Valley Technical College, where he studied police science. Jesse worked as a full-time police officer before being appointed as Police and Fire Chief of Altoona in 2013.

In 2019, Jesse was inaugurated as Representative for Wisconsin’s 68th District. He was appointed to serve as Chair of the Substance Abuse and Prevention Committee, Republican Caucus Secretary, and was an appointee to the State Council on Alcohol and other Drug Abuse (SCAODA). Jesse is proud of his work in the Assembly, which includes legislation passed to protect children, fight the opioid epidemic, and support law enforcement.

In January 2023, Jesse was inaugurated as 23rd District Senator and appointed to be Chair of the Senate Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Children and Families Committee. Jesse was appointed to SCAODA again and is also honored to serve on the Council on Military and State Relations.

Jesse lives in Altoona with his wife Vicki, with whom he runs a small business. They have four children and two beautiful grandchildren. Jesse still works as a cop in the village of Cadott, and is the only active law enforcement officer in the Wisconsin Legislature.


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