An announcement, sent by House Republican Whip Nate Gentry, points out that James lost the 2012 by less than 300 votes.
The announcement says:
During his term in the legislature, James was a stand-out – he carried important legislation that reduced tax pyramiding in the manufacturing and construction industries, and he received the Spirit of Bipartisanship Rising Star Award from New Mexico First and the Soaring Eagle Award from the New Mexico Association of Counties. In January of 2013, Gov. Susana Martinez appointed James to the New Mexico Board of Regents where he serves as Vice-Chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee.James, who works at Sandia National Laboratory, has a PhD in applied and engineering physics.