State Representative Jim Butler is currently serving his second elected term as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 41st House District in Montgomery County (Centerville, Kettering, Oakwood and portions of Riverside and Dayton). Representative Butler is the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He also serves on the House Health and Aging Committee and the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.
An Ohio native, Representative Butler grew up in Washington Court House, Ohio. Upon graduation from high school, he was accepted into the United States Naval Academy. He graduated in the top 10% of his class, earning him a spot in flight school. While waiting to begin training as a naval aviator, he obtained a Master's Degree in History from the University of Maryland. After completing flight school and receiving his wings, Representative Butler was accorded the privilege of flying the F-14 Tomcat fighter.
Representative Butler returned to Ohio after leaving the military. He entered and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He now practices as a business litigator at Thompson Hine, LLP. This experience has provided Representative Butler with an understanding of the challenges that face Ohio’s businesses.
Representative Butler's desire to serve is also reflected in his volunteer work within the Dayton community. He is a member of Oakwood Rotary and he volunteers for the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyer Project, a complementary agency to Legal Aid of Western Ohio. He is the former President of the Dayton Ballet Associate Board, which works to support the Dayton Ballet.
Representative Butler and his wife, Dr. Melissa Butler, reside in Oakwood with their three daughters.