James was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and grew up in the small town of Welsh. He graduated from Welsh High School in 1972 and enlisted in the United States Air Force on August 1, 1972.
He successful completed an Air Force career of twenty-four (24) years in the administrative and personnel career field. His time in the Air Force took him to such places as Arizona, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Mississippi, Turkey, and Bossier City, Louisiana to name only a few. He has been assigned to the Caddo Parish, Public Works Department as the Public Works Floodplain Administrator and Property Standards Specialist for the past twelve (12) years. He is responsible for floodplain management within Caddo Parish.
James has earned Associate Degrees from Louisiana Tech University (Associate of General Studies) and the Community College of the Air Force (Associate in Applied Science, Information Management). He has successfully completed the EMI course – NFIP: Community Rating System; DOTD – Community Permit Official Training Program; and FEMA Elevation Certificate – Training Course.
He is a former Chairman of LFMA and has held other positions such as Membership Coordinator, Regional Rep and Secretary. He is married to the former Ruby J. Carter of Marshall, Texas and they have been married for 32 years. They have one daughter Shemika R. Demouchet Berry, and is a Grandfather (Pawpaw) of three.