Richard Thomas James

Notable Facts

  • Served as Presiding Officer, Lt. Governor in the 84th General Assembly (1944-1946)
  • Served as Presiding Officer, Lt. Governor in the 85th General Assembly (1946-1948)

Offices

Indiana House
Jay County
In office
Nov 7, 1934 to Nov 4, 1936

Party: Republican
Assumed: General Election
Auditor of State
Statewide
In office
Dec 1, 1940 to Dec 1, 1944

Party: Republican
Assumed: General Election
Left: Term Limited
Lieutenant Governor
Statewide
In office
Jan 8, 1945 to Apr 1, 1948

Party: Republican
Assumed: General Election
Left: Resigned
Richard Thomas James spent 9 years, 2 months, 22 days in office in Indiana, all of it at the state level.

Elections

1940–Auditor of State WON
General Election–Tuesday, November 5, 1940
50.05%
Richard Thomas James*, Republican, 880,724 votes
49.55%
Frank Glenn Thompson (i), Democratic, 871,791 votes
 0.28%
F. Beeson, Prohibition, 4,870 votes
 0.08%
Russell F. Johnson, Socialist, 1,468 votes
 0.04%
William Henry Miller, Socialist Labor, 665 votes
Out of 1,759,518 votes casts, the margin of victory was 8,933 (0.50%)
1942–Auditor of State WON
General Election–Tuesday, November 3, 1942
54.38%
Richard Thomas James (i)*, Republican, 695,487 votes
44.80%
Edward Curtis White, Democratic, 572,990 votes
 0.68%
Cecil W. Johnston, Prohibition, 8,674 votes
 0.15%
Charley Lynch, Socialist Labor, 1,903 votes
Out of 1,279,054 votes casts, the margin of victory was 122,497 (9.58%)
1944–Lieutenant Governor WON
General Election–Tuesday, November 7, 1944
51.77%
Richard Thomas James*, Republican, 853,417 votes
47.39%
Floyd John Hemmer, Democratic, 781,303 votes
 0.73%
John T. Chappell, Prohibition, 12,087 votes
 0.10%
William H. Richards, Socialist, 1,710 votes
Out of 1,648,517 votes casts, the margin of victory was 72,114 (4.38%)
In the 3 races we have results for, Richard Thomas James had a record of 3-0. That includes a record of 3-0 in 3 general elections.