Rep. Jim Montgomery's Bio
REP. JAMES V. MONTGOMERY
Rep. Jim Montgomery, a Democrat, represents Texas County and part of Pulaski County
(District 147) including Fort Leonard Wood in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Elected to his fourth consecutive two-year term in 1994, Rep. Montgomery is chairman of
the House Federal-State Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee. He also serves on the
following House committees: Appropriations--Education and Public Safety; Social Services,
Medicaid and the Elderly; and Transportation.
Significant legislative accomplishments for Rep. Montgomery include sponsoring a bill to
exempt farmers and teachers as well as public utilities from the commercial driver's license
requirement in emergency situations and a bill to extend wood energy tax credit through 1995.
He sponsored and passed a bill on teacher COLA increases, was co-sponsor of the FEMA
Insurance Agriculture Bill and sponsored the new veterans license plate bill that passed in 1993.
He is currently sponsoring Federal/State Veterans Cemetery Legislation for the state of Missouri.
He also served on the Carnahan Environmental Advisory Team.
Rep. Montgomery was formerly the manager of an oil company and the owner of a small
oil and gas firm. As a planner for McDonnell-Douglas Corporation, his responsibilities included
maintaining Phantom Jets aboard navy aircraft carriers.
He is a member of the following organizations: Cabool and Houston Chamber of
Commerce; American Legion; Lions Club; and the Baptist church. He has served as secretary and
treasurer of the Cabool Development Corporation and past president of the Cabool area Chamber
Rep. Montgomery was the recipient of the Legislator of the Year award from the
American Legion in 1994. He also received the Missouri Distinguished Service award from the
Missouri Disabled Veterans in 1993.
A 1955 graduate of Cabool High School, Rep. Montgomery attended Southwest Missouri
State University and the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army Quarter Master Corp
61-63 under President Kennedy.
Born September 5, 1937, in Cabool, Rep. Montgomery resides in Cabool with his wife
Karen. They have two children, Diana Kay, a registered nurse, and James, Jr., owner of a small