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Texas State Representative Jim Pitts
District 10, Ellis & Hill Counties

Jim Pitts, of Waxahachie, Texas, was born in Dallas, Texas. He attended Southern Methodist University where he received a bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Masters of Business Administration, and a Juris Doctorate.

Jim and his late wife, Evelyn Eastham Pitts, have three children, two daughters: Duffy and Ashley, and one son: Ryan.

A fourteen-year member of the Board of Trustees for the Waxahachie Independent School District, Jim was serving as President of the Board when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. Other offices include director of Citizens National Bank in Waxahachie, director of Sims Library, a past-president of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and immediate past-president and current treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Children's Services. He also currently serves on the Community Advisory Council for the Scottish Rite Learning Center.  Jim was chosen as Waxahachie’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1999, and was named one of Texas’ Ten Best Legislators in 2005 by the Texas Monthly Magazine. 

Jim has practiced law for the past 34 years in Waxahachie, with a specialty in General and Real Estate Law. He also owns the Ellis County Abstract and Title Company.

The people of District 10, which consists of Hill and Ellis Counties, elected Jim as their state representative on November 3, 1992. It was a new district resulting from the 1991 redistricting of the state. During the 1993 session of the Texas Legislature, Jim served on the House Committees on Economic Development and Transportation. The 74th session found him serving on the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and the Corrections Committee. During the 75th Legislative Session, Jim served as a member of the Appropriations Committee and the State, Federal and International Relations Committee.

In 1999, during the 76th Legislative Session, Jim served on three House committees: Appropriations Committee, Financial Institutions Committee, and Redistricting Committee. He, also, chaired two subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee. Those were the Subcommittee on Regulatory Agencies and the Subcommittee on Major Information Systems.

The 77th Legislative Session found Jim serving, once again, as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, the House Redistricting Committee, and the Financial Institutions Committee. He was chosen to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Agencies, also, and as a member of the Select Committee on Teacher Health Insurance.

During 78th Legislative Session, Jim was chosen to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, the Ways and Means Committee, and the Redistricting Committee. He has been designated the Chairman of Budget and Oversight for the Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over all legislation affecting state tax revenue and the Tax Code. He was, also, appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Public School Finance and as chairman of the Subcommittee on High School.

Prior to the 79th Legislative Session, Jim was chosen to serve as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He was subsequently reappointed Chairman at the beginning of the 79th Legislative Session. As chair of this committee, he is responsible for guiding the largest committee in the House as they set the budget for each state agency for the biennium.

Jim is the son of the late Roy Pitts and his wife, Agnes, who currently resides in Henderson County. Jim has a twin brother, John, who lives in Houston, Texas, and a sister, Rosemary Burns, who also lives in Henderson County.

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