A longtime resident of Wichita Falls, Representative James Frank graduated from Rider High School and earned a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. He then began an eleven year career in banking in Fort Worth and Wichita Falls, spending his last five years as Commercial Lending Manager of the Wichita Falls area for Norwest/Wells Fargo Bank.
In 2000, Frank ventured into business with the help of local investors by purchasing a local metal fabrication business, BW Fabricators. Since that time, the company now known as Sharp Iron Group has grown through internal growth and acquisitions to include field service, welding, machining, sheet metal and electrical controls manufacturing capabilities.
Sharp Iron Group has grown from 15 employees in 2000 to 110 employees today. A true advocate for business and jobs in Texas, Frank purchased California-based Transland in 2007 and moved its operations to Texas. Transland’s 30 employees operate the leading manufacturer of dispersal equipment for crop dusting and aerial firefighting.
Public & Community Service
A respected and involved community leader, Frank, 51, has served as president of the board of Straight Street and of Home Educators Around Texoma, the vice-chairman of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry and served on the advisory board of the Lalani Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Midwestern State University. He was involved in helping start the “Idea Wichita Falls” business plan competition, serves on the board of the now locally owned MagicAire and is involved with the Texoma Angels, a group providing financing to entrepreneurs in the area.
Currently in the midst of his fourth term in the Texas House of Representatives, Frank serves as the Chairman of the Human Services Committee and on the Public Health Committee. His focus on seeing government provide core services more efficiently led to his sponsorship of several local bills during the last legislative session. He is passionate about limited government that serves constituents rather than bureaucracy, common sense local control, increased personal freedom and responsibility, and will continue to focus on streamlining the functions of government.
Meet the Frank Family
James and his wife of 25 years, Alisha, are active members of First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, where he serves as a deacon, Life Group leader, and served on the pastor’s search committee.
They have six sons, Glen, a graduate of LeTourneau University and currently working in Tulsa; Jerod, a junior at Baylor University; Jonathan, 18, and Hixon, 15, who are both homeschooled.