Jim McIntire's Bio

 

Jim McIntire was elected as Washington’s 22nd State Treasurer in 2008.  Prior to that, Jim served five terms (10 years) in the Washington State House of Representatives, representing the 46th Legislative District in North Seattle.

As a State Representative Jim as served as Chair of: the Finance Committee, the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, the Caseload Forecast Council, the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee, and the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee. He also served as Vice Chair of: the Finance Committee, the Capital Budget Committee, and the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee. He was a member of the Washington State Tax Structure Study Committee, commonly known as the "Gates Commission," and was a key member of the Appropriations Committee.

In his first term, Jim sponsored the first legislation making identity theft a crime, and worked closely with then Attorney General Chris Gregoire on legislation to protect financial privacy.

As a legislator, Jim was instrumental in several fiscal policy initiatives. He sponsored the constitutional "Rainy Day Account," performance audits, priorities of government budgeting, and the Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences. He also helped enact tax incentives to create jobs for research and development and the manufacturing of aerospace, forest products, biotech, aluminum, and silicon products - all with strong accountability requirements. During a downturn in revenues, Jim helped to re-enact the estate tax and raise cigarette taxes to pay for schools and children's health care.

Prior to his election as Treasurer, Jim maintained a private economic consulting practice with a national company and served on the faculty of the UW's Evans School of Public Affairs for 25 years, where he taught economics and government. Before his election to the State House, he was director of the Fiscal Policy Center at the UW, and was appointed by Governors Lowry and Locke to Chair the Community Economic Revitalization Board, where he served for four years.

Jim began his career working for Hubert Humphrey in the U.S. Senate, and worked for several other Congressional Committee Chairs. During the 1980s, he served as a public finance advisor to Governor Gardner. Jim is married and lives in Seattle.  He and his wife have five adult children.