James May

For Pennsylvania's 114th District

Like other Veterans, James May understands what serving a cause greater than one’s self means. James May was born in DeWitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. His father, who retired from active duty as a Colonel, served as the Senior Army Chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery on September 11, 2001. Growing up as “military brats,” James and his two brothers were drawn to serve our country. All three brothers are Iraq War Veterans. From 1999 to 2006, James had the honor of serving as an officer and chaplain in the United States Army.

During his last three years on active duty, Chaplain (CPT) May had the very unique privilege of serving in Iraq with the soldiers on the front lines: at Walter Reed Hospital, with soldiers who have been injured in war; and at Arlington National Cemetery, for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation and freedom.

Following his service in the military, James moved back to northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife, Jill and their three children. Their oldest son James just completed 6 years of service in the Pennsylvania National Guard. Their son Isaiah is attending Cedarville University in Ohio and their daughter Hannah is living in Honduras where she teaches at a school for orphaned and at-risk children. James’ wife Jill is an elementary school teacher at Summit Christian Academy in Clarks Summit.

James and Jill have instilled the value of service to one’s country and community to each of their children. James and Jill are very involved in their community. Six years ago, they started a highly successful Bible study program for high school students. From this Bible study program, they developed an organization called NEPA Student Ministries, which teaches high school juniors and seniors about leadership. The organization has sponsored mission trips to Honduras and Ecuador where the students work with orphaned and at-risk children – many of whom are targets of human traffickers.

For the past nine years, James has served as the regional Community Relations Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

James May decided to run for State Representative because he wants to take his middle-class values, military service and service to his community to fix some of Pennsylvania’s biggest problems, including: property taxes; out-of-control spending; and the presence of sanctuary cities that bring the most dangerous drug dealers and human traffickers into our communities.