About Rep. J.T. Wilcox

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Representative J.T. Wilcox grew up on his family farm in rural Pierce County, where he still lives today. He is a graduate of Washington State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in history.

In 2011, he was sworn in as state representative for the 2nd Legislative District, which includes a number of small towns in Pierce and Thurston counties, including McKenna (pop. 716), Roy (pop. 820), Rainier (pop. 2,126), Eatonville (pop. 2,991), Orting (pop. 7,983), and Yelm (pop. 9,125). Other cities in the district include Fort Lewis (pop. 19,089), Graham (pop. 23,491), and part of Lacey.

J.T. currently serves as House Republican Leader. His legislative priorities include providing a quality education for children, crafting a sustainable state budget, and helping find sustainable solutions for homelessness, addiction and hopelessness — all of which are crushing Washington's small towns and cities.

For 23 years, J.T. was employed at his 5th generation family business, Wilcox Farms. He managed diverse operations, including multiple food processing plants, feed mills, an 800 cow dairy herd and greenfield manufacturing development. He also led the acquisition of three additional dairy companies. In the 2000s, J.T. served as Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Financial Officer of Wilcox Farms.

He served as chairman of Milk-Pep, the national “Got Milk” program, with a $100 million annual budget. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Washington Holstein Association, the Washington Poultry Industry Association, and also sat on the boards of the Washington Egg Commission and the International Dairy Foods Association.

J.T. and his wife, Kathy, a 6th grade teacher in Yelm, have three children. His daughter, Katie, who recently graduated from Whitworth University, owns a high-end furniture company. His son Donnie is a manager in the family business, and his other son Jimmy is finishing up his degree at UW-Tacoma after serving three years active duty in the US Army.

In his community, J.T. has been involved with the Roy Volunteer Fire Department, Pacific Education Institute, and the Nisqually River Basin Land Trust. He is a member of the Yelm Lions Club and Graham Business Association. While not in session, J.T. works as a consultant at his firm, Wilcox Strategies, and also works with his daughter at her company. His favorite moments are ones he shares with family on the farm or on the banks of the Nisqually River.