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J.T. Wilcox

2nd District
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About J.T.

Representative Wilcox was sworn in as a State Representative in 2011 serving the people of rural southeast Pierce County and southeast Thurston County and is currently a member of the House Republican leadership as the floor leader.

He serves on the House’s “tax and spend” committees: Appropriations, where he is the assistant ranking Republican, and Finance.

Representative Wilcox graduated from Yelm High School in 1981. He attended the University of Puget Sound, participating in the Honors classical curriculum and graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in History.

JT and his wife, Kathy, a 6th grade teacher in Yelm, have three children.  One attends Whitworth University, one just graduated from the University of Washington and one is active duty in the Army.

He was employed at Wilcox Farms and Wilcox Dairy Farms for 23 years, managing diverse operations including an 800 cow dairy herd, feed mills and commodity purchasing. In 1995, he transitioned to processing operations, managing the highest volume fluid milk processing plant in the Pacific Northwest, designing and opening the first new fluid milk plant in the Northwest in 20 years, and leading the acquisition of three additional dairy companies. He also supervised the operation of a five-state distribution system that included over 100 refrigerated trailers.

In 2006 Wilcox was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Wilcox Dairy Farms and its sister company, Wilcox Farms Inc. whose combined revenues exceeded $200 million annually.

In 2008, a decision was made to sell the assets of Wilcox Dairy Farms and he managed the sale of these assets and the wind-down of the business. In September of 2008, Wilcox left the employment of the 100 year-old family firm to form Wilcox Strategies, a consulting firm that aids financially troubled companies with business planning, creditor and banking issues and property liquidations.

Wilcox has served as chairman of Milk-Pep, the national “Got Milk” program, with a $100 million annual budget. He served as Chairman of the Washington Holstein Association, the Washington Poultry Industry Association and also sat on the boards of the Washington Egg Commission and the International Dairy Foods Association.


  • Yelm Methodist Church, member
  • Yelm Lions Club, past King Lion
  • Roy Volunteer Fire Department, 1985-1995
  • Pacific Education Institute, board member
  • Nisqually River Basin Land Trust, founding Vice President
  • member, Graham Business Association
  • member, Orting Chamber of Commerce


  • Legislative Ethics Board
  • Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations


  • Friend of Farm Bureau (exemplary voting record), 2013
  • Legislator of the Year, Washington Assoc. of Agricultural Educators, 2012
  • Honorary Chapter Farmer degree, Yelm FFA 2012
  • Keystone Award, Washington Food Industry Association, 2011-2012
  • Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2012 and 2014
  • Cornerstone Award, Association of Washington Business, 2011-2012