James M. Hughes

James M. Hughes

P: 614.221.2121 | F: 614.365.9516
EMAIL jhughes@isaacwiles.com

Assistant Kathy Stiles 614.220.5184 kstiles@isaacwiles.com
about JamesX+X+

A sitting member of the Ohio Senate known for his approachability, Jim Hughes believes his dual role as an attorney and state senator sharpens his skills for both positions.

As a senator, he’s become an expert listener to better respond to the needs of constituents, which walks nicely to his legal work when lending an ear to help solve a client’s problems.

Jim has decades of experience in a variety of legal areas including business, criminal justice, probate and government relations/elections/lobbying. He’s also been recognized for his service and excellence by a wide range of legal, political and industry organizations.

education & admissionsX+


  • Capital University Law School, J.D., 1994
  • The Ohio State University, Business Administration, B.S., 1987

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
professional & community activitiesX+

professional & community activities


  • Ohio Senate, State Senator 16th Senate District, 01/01/09 to Present

Past Positions

  • Ohio House of Representatives, State Representative 22nd Ohio House District, 09/13/00 to 12/31/08
  • Assistant Prosecutor, Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, Columbus, Ohio, 01/97 to 09/00
  • Assistant Prosecutor, City Prosecutor’s Office, Columbus, Ohio, 06/95 to 01/97
  • Bailiff, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Columbus, Ohio, 03/88 to 06/95
  • Member of the Commission on the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Supreme Court, 2011-13


  • Phi Gamma Delta Alumni
  • Past Member, Goodale Lodge
  • Honorary Member, Kentucky Colonel
  • Member of Reception Unit and Ambassador West, Aladdin Shrine Temple
  • Member, Psi Upsilon Fraternity
  • Faith America
  • Member, Ohio State University Alumni Association
  • Member, Charity Newsies
  • Member, Agonis Club of Columbus (President, Vice President, Board of Directors)
  • Clintonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Worthington Chamber of Commerce
  • Dublin Chamber of Commerce
  • Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce
  • Grandview Chamber of Commerce
  • Hilliard Chamber of Commerce
  • Grove City Chamber of Commerce
  • Ohio House of Representatives Cancer Caucus
  • Shamrock Club Member
  • Congressional Youth Leadership Council Board of Ohio State Legislators
  • Ohio Prematurity Caucus
  • Ohio Legislative Manufacturing Caucus
  • BILLD Fellow, Midwestern Council of State Governments
  • Honorary Board Member, Kids Voting
  • Board of Governors, Central Ohio Crime Stoppers
  • Ohio Council of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision
  • Board Member, Impact Community Action
  • Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Superintendence, 2008-12
  • Board of Counselors, Capital University Law School, 2010-13
  • Ohio General Assembly Cancer Caucus Co-Chair, 2011-13
  • Founding Member, Clintonville Rotary – President, 2012-13


  • Dom Tiberi Service Award, Agonis Club (2010)
  • Watchdog of the Treasury Award, United Conservatives of Ohio (2010)
  • Legislator of the Year Award, Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters (2010)
  • Legislator of the Year Award, AMVETS Department of Ohio (2010)
  • Legislator of the Year Award, Ohio School Counselors Association (2011)
  • ACU Conservative Award, The American Conservative Union (2011)
  • Outstanding Central Committee Member of the Year, Franklin County Republican Party (2011 Janice Colwell Award)
  • Named Defender of Liberty, American /Conservative Union (ACU) (2012)
  • Watchdog of the Treasury Award, United Conservatives of Ohio (2012)
  • Hometown Hero Award, WSYN—Sunny 95 94.7 FM, 2014 Policy and Legislation Award, Ohio Attorney General (2013)
  • Champion for the Congress Award, Ohio Quarter Horse Association (2014)
  • Legislator of the Year Award, Fraternal Order of Police – Capital City Lodge No. 9 (2011 & 2014)