Elected Experience: None. I am not a career politician.
Other Professional Experience: Represent Microsoft on international committees setting standards for software industry. Chair U.S. Technical Advisory Group Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface standards. Appointed by U.S. State Department to delegation representing U.S. in International Telecommunications Union - Standardization Sector Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group. Continuing Legal Education instructor on software licensing, standardization, and open source software.
Education: J.D., BYU School of Law, 1990 (Cum Laude); B.A. in Communications, Brigham Young University, 1987; A.A., Snow College, 1987 (Magna Cum Laude)
Community Service: Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scout Den Leader; Volunteer Youth Soccer Coach; Youth Sunday School Teacher
Statement: We need new leadership! My opponent consistently supports the overly-partisan political leadership that failed us - failed to control spending; failed to put education first; and failed to revitalize jobs! Jim Thatcher brings fresh, real-world experience willing to work with everyone, Democrats and Republicans, for solutions that meet our critical needs without raising taxes.
"Washington has world class talent that should have us leading the nation in rebuilding jobs, innovating in education, and streamlining government. I'll use my proven business skills to work with our new governor and legislature to turn our state around. I ask for your vote!"