James was elected to the Canadian Parliament in November 2000 as the Member for Edmonton Southwest.
He currently serves as the Official Opposition Senior Critic for Industry. He formerly served as the Senior Critic for Science and Technology and as the Deputy Critic for Industry.
Before being elected to the House of Commons, Robert served as Executive Assistant to the previous member Ian McClelland.
Prior to his election as an MP, he was the Senior Researcher at First Past the Post, an Edmonton-based public relations firm.
Robert did undergraduate studies in political science and economics at the University of Ottawa and completed his Bachelor of Arts in 1995 at the University of Alberta. He is currently completing his Master of Arts degree in Canadian politics and political theory at the University of Alberta.
Robert has served as a volunteer in the community for many years, most notably as a power skating instructor and as a hockey coach. Among his other interests he counts, classical music, philosophy and literature.