James Lee Witt

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James Lee Witt
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 4
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
County Judge, Yell County
1978-1988
FEMA Director
Personal
ProfessionFounder, James Lee Witt Associates
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Campaign website
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James Lee Witt was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Arkansas.[1] James Lee Witt lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Witt started a construction company while in his twenties. He then served 10 years as County Judge in Yell County from 1978 to 1988. Witt was then appointed Director of Arkansas Office of Emergency Services. He was then nominated by President Clinton to be Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate. After his work in FEMA, Witt founded James Lee Witt Associates, a company that helps corporations and government deal with disasters.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Witt ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arkansas's 4th District. Witt secured the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014, with no opposition. He was defeated by Bruce Westerman (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Westerman 53.7% 110,789
     Democratic James Lee Witt 42.6% 87,742
     Libertarian Ken Hamilton 3.7% 7,598
     N/A Write-in 0% 2
Total Votes 206,131
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State

Endorsements

Witt was endorsed by the Blue Dog Coalition in the race for the seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Cotton (R), who is running for U.S. Senate.[4]

Former President Bill Clinton headlined a fundraiser for James Lee Witt on April 5, 2014.[5]

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Witt's reports.

James Lee Witt (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[6]January 29, 2014$0$243,946$(77,551)$166,394
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2014$166,394$268,802$(119,173)$316,022
Pre-Primary[8]May 8, 2014$316,022$152,829$(127,374)$341,478
July Quarterly[9]July 15, 2014$341,478$168,045$(113,785)$395,738
October Quarterly[10]October 15, 2014$395,738$248,638$(340,501)$303,874
Running totals
$1,082,260$(778,384)

Personal

Witt has two sons and three grandchildren. He is a member of the First Baptist Church.[2]

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