Representative James Wilson grew up on a wheat and cattle farm, which he later operated, nine miles east of Kiowa, Kansas. He attended a two-room country school in Corwin, Kansas, through the 8th grade. Before his election to Colorado’s 69th General Assembly, Representative Wilson spent 40 years as an educator, coach, athletic director, counselor, principal and superintendent of schools on the Western Slope, Front Range and the Central Mountains of Colorado. He spent the first 24 years of his educational career in the state of Kansas.
Representative Wilson created the Demont Award to recognize small school administrators who have “left it better than they found it.” He currently serves as the American Association of School Administrators’ National Consultant for Rural and Small Schools. Representative Wilson is an active member of the Salida Rotary Club.
Representative Wilson has also served as president of the Kansas School Counselors Association, the Kansas City Public Television Consortium, the Salida Rotary Club, the Colorado School Superintendents organization and the Colorado Association of School Executives. In 2012, he was inducted into his alma mater’s education Hall of Fame.
Representative Wilson is an Elder in his church and teaches adult Bible classes. He and his wife, Kristi, have been married 34 years and have 4 daughters, 2 sons-in-law and 4 grandchildren, with a fifth on the way.
Representative Wilson is the ranking member on the House Education Committee and also serves on the House Local Government Committee.
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