JT Wilcox 2nd LD
"My priorities are finding ways to improve the climate for jobs, craft a sustainable budget and provide a quality education for children."
JT Wilcox was raised on the family farm founded in 1909 by his Great Grandfather along the Nisqually River. He graduated from Yelm High school in 1981 and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in History.
Wilcox worked in his family company for 23 years, managing diverse operations including an 800 cow dairy herd, feed mills and commodity purchasing. In September of 2008, following the sale of part of the business, Wilcox left the family company to form Wilcox Strategies, a consulting firm that helps organizations with business planning and asset sales.
Wilcox has risen to the top of all of his industries. He was chosen to serve as chairman of Milk-Pep, the world-famous “Got Milk” program with a $100 million annual budget and led that iconic organization for two years. Wilcox was recognized as a leader by his peers in his selection as Chairman of the Washington Holstein Association, the Washington Poultry Industry Association and he also sat on the boards of the Washington Egg Commission and the International Dairy Foods Association.
JT Wilcox has engaged in a lifetime of community service. He is a lifelong member of the Yelm Methodist Church. He served as King Lion of the Yelm Lions Club. He was awarded an Honorary Chapter Farmer degree by the Yelm FFA for his activities with the group and is an active mentor with the University of Puget Sound. He served for years on the Roy Volunteer Fire Department. He also sits on the board of the Pacific Education Institute and is active in the Children’s Hospital Autism Guild.
Wilcox was closely involved in the founding of the Nisqually River Basin Land Trust and served as its founding Vice President. The land trust remains one of his favorite projects because it is dedicated to preserving natural properties by donation or purchase of property rather than regulation.
JT and Kathy Wilcox have been married since 1987. Kathy Wilcox is a 6th grade teacher with Yelm Community Schools. JT and Kathy have three children – Jimmy Wilcox attends the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma and is an Army ROTC Cadet at PLU. Donnie is studying at the University of Washington in Seattle and Katie Wilcox attends Yelm Community Schools.