As a lifelong Johnstown resident, Jim Rigby spent more than four decades serving the community. He began by volunteering as a fireman and then served as a police officer before being named Ferndale Borough’s chief of police in 2015. Jim also spent 29 years working for the American Red Cross and as a small business owner.

He intends to use his unique perspective in Harrisburg as a continuation of his decades of community service for the benefit of 71st District residents. In his varied experiences, Jim has already created jobs, balanced budgets and made difficult decisions. He also plans to focus on addressing the Commonwealth’s opioid epidemic and the issue of blighted homes.

In the 2019-20 Legislative Session, Jim is serving as a member of the Children and Youth, Local Government, Urban Affairs and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees.

Previously, he served as the board president for the Women’s Help Center, which assists area victims of domestic violence and their children. He also served on the Cambria County Sexual Assault Response Team.

Jim lives in Johnstown with his wife, Kathleen; dogs, Jackson and Marshall; and Phineas the cat. Together, Jim and Kathleen have three adult children: Kayla, Kirsten and Beau.