About Jim Barcia:
A lifelong resident of Bay County, Michigan, Senator Jim Barcia was born in Bay City on February 25, 1952. He is a graduate of Bay City Central High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Saginaw Valley State University in 1974. Senator Barcia is married to Vicki Bartlett. He has two step-children and six grandchildren.
After college, Senator Barcia served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1977 to 1982, including four years as Majority Whip from 1979 to 1982. Senator Barcia was elected to serve in the Michigan Senate from 1983 until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 5th congressional district in 1992, where he served until 2002.
In Congress, Senator Barcia served on the Science Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Additionally, Senator Barcia belonged to the House Rural Caucus, the Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, the Sportsmen's Caucus, the Bow-Hunting Task Force and the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.
The 2000 census eliminated a congressional seat in Michigan. Senator Barcia, with the encouragement of his constituents, opted to run for the 31st senate district seat in the Michigan Legislature. He was elected with over 60% of the vote. Senator Barcia currently sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee and is the Minority Vice-Chair of the Agriculture, Transportation, Environmental Quality and Natural Resources subcommittees.
Senator Barcia serves as the Associate President Pro Tempore of the Senate, as well as the Democratic Whip.
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