North America's Strongest Union

James P. Hoffa

General President

James P. Hoffa
General President
International Brotherhood of Teamsters

James P. Hoffa has been building the International Brotherhood of Teamsters into the strongest, most powerful voice in North America for working families. Under Hoffa’s leadership, the Teamsters Union is winning industry-leading contracts, engaging in vigorous contract enforcement and organizing the unorganized. Teamster positions on the issues of the day—from pension and retirement security, infrastructure development and worker rights to developing fair trade policies—now hold sway in Washington’s power corridors.

Hoffa is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Union issues. As the most visible and outspoken critic of government trade policies and anti-worker corporate agendas, Hoffa is recognized as a leader on issues that affect working people.

Hoffa has been elected by direct-members vote five times – 1998, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016. He is the second-longest serving General President (Dan Tobin, 1907 – 1952) since the union was founded in 1903.  

Hoffa grew up on picket lines and in union meetings. He is the only son of James R. Hoffa, former Teamsters General President (1957 – 1971). Prior to being elected General President, Hoffa worked as a Teamsters laborer in Detroit and Alaska in the 1960s. He then spent 25 years as a labor attorney representing members, local unions and Joint Councils. From 1993 until his inauguration as General President in 1999, Hoffa served as Administrative Assistant to the President of Joint Council 43 in Michigan.

Hoffa has been appointed to several committees by both Democratic and Republican administrations. His appointments include:

2019 – Present, Chair, Road Section, International Transport Workers Federation
2019 – Present, Member, Executive Board, International Transport Workers Federation
2015 – Present, Board Member, Roosevelt Institute
2010 – Present, USTR Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations
2009 – Present, Department of Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and Trade Policy
2013 – 2015, National Freight Advisory Committee
2002 – 2004, President’s Council on the 21st Century Workforce
2002 – 2004, Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board 


BA, Michigan State University, 1963
LLB, University of Michigan, 1966

Hoffa has been married to his wife Virginia for 50 years, he has two sons, David and Geoffrey, and six grandchildren.

Hoffa: New Year Brings Big Responsibility for Voters

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Jan. 1, 2020

Today, America begins a very important year in its existence. Over the next 11 months, voters will decide who they want to lead this country and what they want its future to look like. The process will be tumultuous. But it is a critical decision that will have long-lasting implications for all who call this great nation home.

Hoffa: Remembering Legacy of the 'Battle in Seattle'

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
ublished in the Detroit News, Dec. 4, 2019

It’s been 20 years since the “Battle in Seattle” when working people and our allies stood up to global corporations and governments to shut down the World Trade Organization (WTO) meetings on November 30, 1999. It was a turning point in the debate over unfair trade deals and the impact on workers in the U.S and across the globe.

Hoffa: 2020 Presidential Candidates Must Share Vision for Labor

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Nov. 6, 2019

The 2020 presidential election, now less than a year away, is arriving at a key moment in U.S. history. Workers, long the backbone of this nation, are falling behind because they’ve been ignored at the expense of corporations. Next November’s vote is an opportunity to change that and pave a path to prosperity.

Hoffa: Workers Deserve Protection From Anti-Union Employers

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Oct. 2, 2019

A U.S. House committee last week took a much-needed step towards empowering workers by approving legislation that would expand their right to organize on the job while shielding them from employer intimidation if they choose to form a union.

Hoffa: Empowering Workers Now Through 2020

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Sept. 4, 2019

This Labor Day, unions like the Teamsters find themselves in a strong position. The public’s support of the labor movement is as strong as it’s been in the last 16 years. There is an understanding by a sizable majority in this country that hardworking Americans deserve higher pay and greater respect on the job.

Hoffa: Presidential Candidates Shouldn't Ignore Worker Concerns

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Aug. 7, 2019

The 2020 Democratic Party presidential debates came to Detroit last week, and I was hoping to hear more from the candidates about kitchen table issues that affect hardworking Americans. Frankly, the whole thing was a bit of a disappointment.