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.