Biography of James McBryde


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As the new President and CEO of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation, James McBryde is responsible for the strategic vision, organization and economic development outcomes for Isabella and Clare counties.

McBryde was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1990 and served eight years before retiring due to term limits. He served on the House Appropriations Committee as Chair of the State Police and Military Affairs Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee.

Prior to joining the MMDC, McBryde served as Vice President and Senior Advisor for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He worked on key state and federal initiatives and the passage of MEDC’s annual budget. Before joining the MEDC, McBryde also served as the Interim Chair for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and as Special Assistant for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

McBryde received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Central Michigan University. Jim and his wife Kim have been married since 1987. They live in Mount Pleasant and have four wonderful daughters.

McBryde has received the following honors:
“CMU Centennial Award”, as one of CMU’s most distinguished alumni of their first 100 years in 1992.
“Legislator of the Year” by the Michigan Sheriffs Association in 1994.
“Merit Service Award” by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in 1995.
“Legislative Star Award” by the Michigan Deputy Sheriffs Association in 1994 and 1996.
“Distinguished Service Award” by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in 2008.


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