Who is Jim McGee?

Jim has lived in Bethesda, Montgomery County, for 20 years. He moved here from Harrisburg, PA.

He is a benefits professional who has spent his career trying to bring labor and management together on benefits issues. Currently administers the benefits for members of ATU Local 689 employed by WMATA.  Reports to a board of labor and management Trustees.


  • BA - Lehigh University
  • MBA - Penn State University
  • CEBS – Wharton School and IFEBP 


  • Union Member
  • UA (Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 520, Harrisburg, PA)
  • Union Trustee – health & welfare and pension funds
  • Local union executive board member
  • Local union COPE (Committee on Political Education) director
  • Started local’s Political Action Committee (PAC)
  • Central Labor Council (CLC) executive board member
  • CLC COPE Director

Recent Activism

  • Single payer health care – Steering Committee of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer
  • Speak and write on the topic.
  • Member Health Care Now, Health Care Now Montgomery County, PNHP

Health care reform

  • Appointed to Essential Health Benefits Committee of the Maryland Health Care Reform Commission
  • Appointed to the Payment Models Work Group of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (agency responsible for hospital global budgeting in Maryland)

Environmental Activity

  • Charter member of Three Mile Island Alert – part of leadership through accident at TMI
  • Built a home in the 1980’s with passive solar design features
  • Remodeled our home in Bethesda to improve energy efficiency, saving $500 per year in utility bills.  Perhaps not a sound financial investment, but a great investment in home comfort and energy conservation. https://mygreenmontgomery.org/2017/energy-renovations/
  • Joined his son and his (now) wife for the Midwest Climate Ride in 2014 from Grand Rapids to Chicago


  • Was biking to work in the 1970’s when a bicycle was his only mode of transportation.
  • He and his wife have done countless bicycle camping and overnight trips
  • Recognize bicycling as an integral piece of making Montgomery County healthier, more energy efficient and reducing its carbon footprint


  • Member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church
  • Church council President for four years

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