James Postma

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James Postma
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Washington, District 9
High schoolForeman High School
Bachelor'sPurdue University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
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James Postma was a 2012 Republican candidate who ran for election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District of Washington. He lost in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]


Postma earned his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He served in the United States Air Force and worked on ICBM design and the Apollo space program.[2]


Postma said a law should be passed making English the official language of the U.S.[3] He wanted to audit the Federal Reserve and make the Bush tax cuts permanent.[3] He also wanted to repeal the healthcare bill and wants people to take control of their health through alternative medical practices and exercise.[3]



See also: Washington's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Postma ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 9th District. He and incumbent Adam Smith (D) advanced past the August 7, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Dave Christie (D), Tom Cramer (D) and John Orlinski (R). They faced off again in the general election on November 6, 2012, where Postma was defeated.[4][5][6][1]

U.S. House, Washington District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Smith Incumbent 71.6% 192,034
     Republican Jim Postma 28.4% 76,105
Total Votes 268,139
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Washington District 9 Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Smith (D) Incumbent 61.2% 72,868
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Postma (R 23.2% 27,616
Tom Cramer (D) 7% 8,376
Boleslaw (John) Orlinski (R) 5.6% 6,624
Dave Christie (D) 3.1% 3,659
Total Votes 119,143

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Postma's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Postma lost an election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Postma's campaign committee raised a total of $1,818 and spent $6,313.[7]

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