James P. Hoffa is General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the nation’s most powerful union, with 1.4 million members in North America. He was first elected to office by a direct vote of the membership in 1998 and has been re-elected three times.
Hoffa spent a lifetime preparing for the challenge of running the Teamsters Union and is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on labor issues. As the most visible and outspoken critic of government trade policies and anti-worker corporate agendas, Hoffa is recognized as a leader on issues that affect working people.
Prior to becoming Administrative Assistant to Michigan Joint Council 43, Hoffa was a labor lawyer in Detroit for 25 years. Before that, he was a Teamster laborer in Detroit and Alaska. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1963 with a degree in economics and from the University of Michigan in 1966 with a law degree.
Hoffa has also been appointed to various councils and advisory committees by both Republican and Democratic presidents, including the President’s Council on the 21st Century Workforce, Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board, Department of Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and Trade Policy and the USTR Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.