State Rep. James Lower was first elected to the Michigan House in 2016. He represents the 70th District, which includes Montcalm County and portions of Gratiot County including the cities of Alma and St. Louis as well as portions of Arcada and Emerson townships and the townships of Bethany, Pine River and Seville.

Jim serves as chair of the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee and vice chair of the Tax Policy Committee, as well as a member of the Energy and Health Policy committees.


Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University.


Jim worked as Executive Director for a small national consulting firm. He was also a legislative assistant in both the Michigan House and Michigan Senate.


Jim was a member of the Ionia County Commission, where he served as vice-chairman. In addition, Jim served as Village Manager for the Village of Edmore. He also was a member of the Montcalm Economic Alliance and has been involved in several grassroots organizations and campaigns. In addition, he is a member of the Knights of Columbus.


Jim and his wife Kristen live in Greenville with their two young children, Aaron and Kate. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing.