Jim Bates, a Democrat, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from San Diego's 44th District from January of 1983 until December of 1990. Mr. Bates is currently providing Government consultation in San Diego, California and Washington, D.C. He recently helped establish the San Diego Voter Forum.
From 1983 until 1991, Mr. Bates served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Health and Environment Sub Committee, the Telecommunications Sub Committee, the Energy and Hazardous Waste Sub Committee. He also served on the Government Operations Committee from 1986 until 1991.
From 1983 until 1991, he served on the House Administration Committee, Chairing the Printing and Procurement Sub Committee from 1987 until 1991.
During his years in Congress, Mr. Bates became known for his expertise in the area of Environmental Law. He was the author of the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives in 1990, modeled after the International Montreal Protocols.
Congressional Quarterly cited Mr. Bates as one of the "Outstanding Freshmen of 1983" as he led the freshmen class in deficit reduction and reducing the procurement of 100 MX missiles to 50.
Before his election to Congress, Mr. Bates served San Diego as a member of the San Diego City Council, winning election in 1971. While on the San Diego City Council, Mr. Bates authored what was at the time America's most restrictive no-smoking ordinance, an ordinance which was soon replicated throughout the nation. In 1974, he was elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, serving as its youngest Chairman.
Mr. Bates served in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 until 1963. He received three Meritorious promotions and "Proficiency Pay for Outstanding Effectiveness" while serving in the Marine Corps.
He began his business career as a Loan Officer with the Bank of America in 1964. Attending night classes while employed during the day, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University.
Mr. Bates has a grown daughter, Jennifer (1975). He has nine (9) Quarter Horses in Nestor, a South Bay community of the City of San Diego.