James W. Kellogg is a native Californian who grew up in the Bay Area and began his career in 1966 with the (UA) United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. He was first elected to full time office with Steamfitters Local Union 342 in 1976.
Jim has devoted his entire adult life to helping people and doing whatever possible to provide the best working environment and conditions that the particular times would bear for the people he represents. He has been recognized many times over for his leadership abilities and has gained the respect and admiration of everyone who has had the opportunity to interface with him.
In 1992 Jim went to work for the International UA and took the position as the International Representative in charge of California and the Hawaiian Islands. Jim retired from this role in 2012.
He is a strong supporter of education and heavily promotes union apprenticeship and journeyman training programs and has been rewarded for those efforts by having two schools in Northern California named after him. He is the founder of the California Native American Apprenticeship Initiative.
After years of community service and serving on many statewide labor boards and committees, Jim in January 1999 was appointed by Governor Gray Davis to the California Transportation Commission and served as Chairman in the year 2000. He was also appointed by Governor Davis to the California Fish & Game Commission, the Commission on Building for the 21st Century, and the California State Work Force Investment Board.
Jim has served and, in some cases, is serving in the capacity of:
He has also served as the labor representative on the oversight committee for Contra Costa County's "Shaping Our Future" project.
Jim is a member the California Waterfowl Association, Outdoor Sportsmen's Coalition of California, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, California Deer Association, Ducks Unlimited, California State Sheriff's Association and is a lifetime member of the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation.
When Arnold Schwartznegger became California's State Governor he decided to keep James Kellogg on the Fish and Game Commission and now Jim is Chairman of that commission. James has also become Secretary-Treasurer of the California Building Trades Council.
On September 17, 2010 Jim Kellogg was recognized by the Contra Costa Building Trades Council and given the Labor Leader of the Year Award. This award and recognition was followed by a presentation about Jim from Attorney General and candidate for governor of California, Jerry Brown Jr. and also Congressman George Miller.
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