Newark, N.J., 1954
B.A. Wesleyan University, 1976. J.D. George Washington University, 1979.
Started out at Federal Trade Commission, then joined megafirm Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. He has since shuttled between private practice and government service.
James has been a Republican since his 20s. But he has never worked on a campaign and rarely donates to candidates. He isn't part of the D.C. social network and has few close Capitol Hill or White House contacts.
Home in Arlington, Va., is stuffed with state-of-the-art gizmos: PCs, large-screen TVs, stereos, video gear. More of a techie than his predecessors--and can't be without his Palm Pilot.
IDEA OF FUN
Loves barbecues with friends or time spent with his teenage daughter. Watches what he eats--recently lost more than 100 pounds.
CARS HE DRIVES
Takes the Jeep in foul weather but loves his Porsche. Grew up next to a dealership and has been smitten with the sports car ever since.