Jim Waring has been a tireless advocate for responsible government in Arizona. He earned a reputation during his seven years at the State Senate as a fighter of wasteful government spending, a champion of job-creating policies and a steadfast proponent of tough-on-crime public safety policies. Jim earned awards for this work from the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers (Champion of the Taxpayer), National Federation of Independent Business (Guardian of Small Business), and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce (Senator of the Year).
In addition, Jim was recognized for his work fighting domestic violence by the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Legislator of the Year twice) and the Men's Anti Violence Network (Man of the Year). He was also awarded the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Copper Shield Award and the National Guard Association of the United States Medal of Merit.
He has continued this work on the Phoenix City Council by voting to cut the "jail tax" in half, fighting for pension reform and a fairer procurement process. Jim received the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Sentinel Award for his work in 2013. Jim chaired the city's Human Trafficking Task Force and continues to work to reduce crime in Phoenix.
Jim was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, and moved to Arizona almost 30 years ago. He received his PhD in public administration from Arizona State University's School of Public Affairs and his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University. Prior to running for office, Jim served on the staffs at ASU, the Arizona Board of Regents and Northern Arizona University.
Jim and his wife, Kitty, are the proud parents of twin boys.