Jim Gilbreath joined the Lubbock City Council as the District 6 representative on May 6, 2003. Now in his second full term. Located in the northwest sector of Lubbock, District 6 has 34,679 residents (73.8 percent Anglo, 18.1 percent Hispanic, and 4.8 percent African American).
Jim is a third generation "Lubbockite" and is a graduate of Monterey High School. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and he is a graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business in the PMD Executive Education program. Jim is married to Kathy, and they have two grown daughters and six grandchildren. He is an Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Jim started his business career in his family's agricultural seed business. He currently is a partner in Barricades Unlimited, a contractor specializing in traffic control for highway construction, in addition to other personal businesses. He also serves on the advisory board of Plains Capital Bank. In 1992, Jim received the Gerald W. Thomas Outstanding Agriculture Award from the College of Agricultural Sciences at Texas Tech University, and in 2000, he was honored with the Al Sheriff National Outstanding Advisor Award from the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Jim has served on several City boards and commissions, including the Lubbock Reese Redevelopment Authority Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Citizens Advisory Committee, Appointments Advisory Board, and on the Board of Directors for Lubbock, Power and Light. Jim has lent his expertise to community boards including the Texas Tech University Chancellor’s Council, United Way of Lubbock, Boys Scouts Investment Advisory Board, Covenant Hospital System Foundation, Texas Tech University Foundation Board, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.
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Jim is an advocate of economic development. He also believes that city government should be effective, efficient and accountable. Additionally, he feels strongly about maintaining a high level of support for the areas of public safety and health while not overlooking those quality of life issues which make Lubbock a great place to live.