James Conley Justice II is an American businessman and politician. He has been serving as the 36th governor of West Virginia since 2017. H is a part of the Republican Party. He was born on April 27, 1951(age 70) in Charleston, West Virginia. He is the son of James Conley Justice and Edna Ruth Justice. He grew up in Raleigh County, West Virginia. He is married to Cathy Comer and has 2 children Jay and Jill and one dog, Babydog.
Jim Justice’s Education
He enrolled at the University of Tennessee on an athletic scholarship for golf but transferred to Marshall University. At Marshall, he was a to year captain on the Thundering Herd golf team. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration degree from Marshall.
Jim Justice’s Networth
Jim Justice is the wealthiest person in West Virginia with a net worth of around $1.2 billion. His source of income is business and as a politician. He inherited a coal mining business from his father and he built a business empire with over 94 companies including the Greenbrier, a luxury resort.
Jim Justice’s Personal Life
Justice’s family includes his high school love Cathy, his 2 children Jay and Jill and his dog named Babydog. Justice and Cathy are members of First Baptist Church in Beckley, WV which is a congregation of the American Baptist Churches USA. Jim Justice stands at 6 feet 7 inches (2.1m) and he is a huge fan of the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League(NFL). He spent $30 million to develop a training facility for the team at the Greenbrier.
Jim Justice lives in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Since 1992, Justice has been president of Beckley Little League which helped the program to expand to over 1000 children playing in 80 teams. He was the girls’ basketball coach at Greenbrier East High School.
Jim Justice’s Business Career
After completing college, Jim Justice went into the family business of agriculture. He founded Bluestone Farms in 1977 which now operates 50,000 acres of farmland and it is the leading producer of grain on the East Coast of the United States. He also developed Stoney Brook Plantation which is a 15,000-acre hunting and fishing preserve in Monroe County. Justice is a seven-time national corn growing champion.
After his father’s death, he inherited ownership of Bluestone Industries and Bluestone Coal Corporation. He hired over 200 coal miners. In 2014, he owned 70 active mines in 5 states. His charitable activities were $25 million for the James C. Justice National Scout Camp, $5 million for Marshall University, $10 million to the Cleveland Clinic and more than $1 million in Christmas gifts annually through the Dream tree campaign.
Before taking office as a governor, he resigned from all the positions he held in the business. As the governor of Virginia, he is in charge of the state agencies that regulate many of his businesses.
Jim Justice’s Political Career
In 2015, Justice declared his candidacy for Governor of West Virginia as a member of the Democratic Party. In January 2019, Justice declared his re-election campaign to try to win another term. For his second bid, he ran as a Republican member after previously changing his party registration following a 2017 rally with President Donald Trump. He focused on the Covid-19 response, the state’s budget surplus, and his work on the substance abuse crisis.
He worked to protect the miners, increase coal production, and explore innovative ways to use coal for new products and job opportunities. Justice took office as governor on January 16, 2017, and he is known for using colorful metaphors and digs at political opponents. To improve West Virginia’s budget, he has proposed raising the state’s revenue by $450 million by increasing the consumer sales tax, renovating the business and occupation tax and establishing a “rich man’s” tax. He also opposed plans to cut health and education spending. On August 3, 2017, Justice rejoined the Republican Party. He made the announcement at a rally hosted by President Donald Trump in Huntington and confirmed his support for him. In 2020 Justice signed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, which created felony penalties for protests aiming at oil and gas facilities.
Justice respects the Supreme Court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. In 2017, Justice opposed a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ customers. West Virginia, despite being one of the poorest states in the nation was second only to Alaska in vaccine distribution for Covid-19. Since then, they have been behind the rest of the nation, ranking 40th in percentage of the population.
Jim Justice’s Twitter and Instagram accounts
Jim Justice’s Twitter account JimJusticeWV has 9083 followers and follows 569 accounts. He maintains his account by posting tweets regarding the country and has an active social life. His Instagram account govjustice has 4342 followers and follows 6 accounts.