About Rep. J.T. Wilcox
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 rural southeast Pierce and Thurston counties. He sits on three committees – Appropriations, Rules and Finance – and currently serves as House Republican Leader.
J.T.'s legislative priorities include providing a quality education for children, crafting a sustainable state budget, and reversing the anti-jobs trend that has damaged the economy of Washington outside of a few hotspots. He believes long-term and sustainable solutions are needed to put the state on a stable path of prosperity and growth for generations to come.
For 23 years, Representative Wilcox was employed at his 4th 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 graduated this year from Whitworth University, owns a high-end furniture company called Harts Lake Pioneer Lumber. His son Donnie is a marketing Manager for Amazon, 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, Graham Business Association and the Orting Chamber of Commerce. While not in session, J.T. works as a consultant at his firm, Wilcox Strategies, and also works with his daughter at her company.