Jim Ward represents the 86th Kansas House District, which includes southeast Wichita. He was first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2002. Jim serves on the House Committees on Judiciary and Health & Human Services. He is the Ranking Democratic Member on the House Committee on Education.
Prior to his election to the state legislature, Jim established himself as a successful attorney in Sedgwick County, both in the public and private sector. After working as an Assistant District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District, Jim opened his own practice in 1990, where he emphasizes family law, child support, child custody, real estate matters and automobile accidents.
As an active member of the community, Jim has served a number of boards and organizations in an effort to advance causes such as literacy, citizenship and truancy prevention. He served as a member of the USD 259 School Board from 1999-2003, as well as the Wichita City Council and Kansas State Senate in 1991.
Jim resides in Wichita with his wife, Karen, and their children, Zachary and Emily.