James Owens began his political activism when he was elected president of the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) of Oregon (2012-2014). In his leadership role, James brought much-needed media attention to LCR as a featured guest on the statewide Oregon Public Broadcasting program Think Out Loud, as a guest columnist for The Oregonian and in several interviews and comments in publications across the state. In 2014, James ran for State Representative in Oregon's 20th District hoping to usher in a more moderate generation of leadership in the Oregon GOP but lost, along with several other right of center candidates aiming to do the same. James continues to build partnerships and coalitions that focus on advancing equality and inclusiveness for LGBT people. Outside of his leadership roles, James enjoys performing with local theatre companies and has worked on several charitable causes, ranging from building churches in Mexico to serving food to the homeless at a shelter in San Francisco to volunteering his time at an AIDS clinic. He lives in Oregon.