State Representative Jim Butler is currently serving his third elected term as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. 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. He completed his coursework early during his final year at the Academy, allowing him to complete the requirements for his Master's Degree in History from the University of Maryland before flight school. 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 graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and 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.