On Saturday, March 14th Jim LeMunyon announced his intention to run for the Virginia House of Delegates 67th District. The67th district includes Western Fairfax and the area around Dulles Airport.
Jim LeMunyon is a 26-year resident of Northern Virginia. He and his wife, Robin, have three children who are recent graduates of Oakton High School, and who now attend college andfamilysm graduate school. The LeMunyons have been active in the community for many years, including church, scouts, PTAs, and sports and music boosters.
As a technology company entrepreneur for more than 20 years, Jim has started and helps build technology businesses. He understands how jobs are created and what it takes to make our economy grow. This includes his role as the co-founding President of Sterling Semiconductor, now a unit of Dow Corning, which produces an advanced electronic material needed for electric cars and energy efficient lighting. Jim presently leads HexaTech, a company that is developing novel sources of ultra-violet light for water purification, and new components for wireless communication systems.
In government, Jim served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce from 1989-1993. He managed the Export Administration, and within four years reduced the size of the agency’s budget while making the agency more effective, and returned millions of tax dollars to the U.S. Treasury. His responsibilities included representing the United States on international trade and security negotiating teams that created the first trade restrictions on chemical, biological, and missile technologies, to keep such items out of the hands of terrorists and other adversaries. Jim testified frequently before Congress on these issues.
Early in his career, Jim served as chief-of-staff to Republican Congressman Ed Zschau from California’s Silicon Valley. In that capacity, Jim coordinated the efforts of a Republican task force in the House of Representatives that was successful in passing several laws to foster innovation and the creation and growth of new companies.
In addition to business and government, Jim was an adjunct faculty member of the George Mason University international transactions graduate program during the 1990s. He has also served as past congregation president and Sunday School teacher at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Falls Church.
Jim graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in physics and mathematics. He earned a M.S. in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin on a NASA scholarship.
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