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Mr. James Bopp, Jr.

The Bopp Law Firm
General Counsel, Indiana Republican State Party
Contributing Member
1 South 6th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807

Phone: 812-232-2434
Fax: 812-235-3685
Web Site:

Law School: Univ of Florida (1973)

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Mr. James Bopp, Jr.

James Bopp, Jr. is an attorney with the law firm of Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom in Terre Haute, Indiana, with a national law practice which focuses on not-for-profit corporate and tax law, on campaign finance and election law, on the biomedical issues of abortion, foregoing and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment and assisted suicide, on federal and state trial and appellate litigation, and on United States Supreme Court practice. He represents numerous not-for-profit organizations, political action committees, candidates for public office, and political parties and has litigated numerous first amendment cases regarding political free speech and free exercise of religion and constitutional law cases regarding pro-life issues. He currently serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, as a Commissioner on the National Commission of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws, and as a member of the Republican National Committee.

Mr. Bopp's extensive federal and state election law practice includes successfully arguing the landmark United State Supreme Court cases of Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, 536 U.S. 765 (2002), which struck down restrictions on the speech of candidates for elected judicial office on First Amendment grounds, and Wisconsin Right to Life v. Federal Election Commission, No. 04-1581 (decided January 23, 2006), which held that McCain-Feingold�s �electioneering communication� corporate prohibition could be subject to as-applied challenges for genuine issue ads. His successful federal litigation includes striking down six sets of Federal Election Commission regulations in cases including Faucher v. FEC, 928 F.2d 468 (1st Cir. 1991), Maine Right to Life Committee v. Federal Election Commission, 98 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 1996), Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life v. Federal Election Commission, 113 F.3d 129 (8th Cir. 1997), and Beaumont v. Federal Election Commission, 278 F.3d 261 (4th Cir. 2002). He served as one of the lead counsel in McConnell v. Federal Election Committee, 124 S. Ct. 619 (2002), which challenged the recently passed McCain-Feingold law. He argued two campaign finance cases during the Supreme Court�s 2005-6 term: Wisconsin Right to Life v. Federal Election Commission, which has been decided and won, and Randall v. Sorrell, which is pending.

Mr. Bopp has also successfully challenged state election laws in almost three dozen states on free speech grounds, including winning the seminal cases of Day v. Holahan, 34 F.3d 1356 (8th Cir. 1994), and New Hampshire Right to Life Political Action Committee v. Gardner, 99 F.3d 8 (1st Cir. 1996). Finally, Bopp has successfully litigated several redistricting cases, including La Porte County Republican Central Committee v. Board of Commissioners, 43 F.3d 1126 (7th Cir. 1994).

Because of Bopp's expertise in election law, he has testified on campaign finance reform before the United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and before the United State House Committee on House Administration, the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the United States House Judiciary Committee, and the Federal Election Commission. Bopp has published several leading law review articles on election law including The First Amendment Is Not A Loophole: Protecting Free Expression in the Election Campaign Context, 28 UWLA LAW REV. 1 (1997), Constitutional Limits on Campaign Contribution Limits, 11 REGENT U. LAW REV. 235 (1998-99) and All Contribution Limits Are Not Created Equal: New Hope in the Political Speech Wars, 49 CATHOLIC U. LAW REV.11 (1999). He has also published opinion pieces in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Washington Times.

Mr. Bopp currently serves as General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech, as former Co-Chairman of the Election Law Subcommittee of the Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group of the Federalist Society and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association. The James Madison Center can be found at .

Mr. Bopp�s extensive political activities include service as National Committeeman, State Treasurer, and General Counsel for the Indiana Republican Party and as General Counsel for MyManMitch, the 2004 campaign committee for Mitch Daniels, the successful Republican candidate for Indiana Governor. Mr. Bopp has been a delegate to the 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions, where he served as a member of the Platform Committee.

As General Counsel for the National Right to Life Committee, Mr. Bopp has argued constitutional issues in numerous civil rights cases dealing with abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and assisted suicide and has been one of the principle legal strategists for the pro-life movement, designing and implementing its strategy to restore legal protection to the unborn and to ensure continued legal protection to older people and people with disabilities.

Mr. Bopp has testified before numerous federal and state legislative committees hearings on pro-life issues. He has edited two books, Restoring the Right to Life; The Human Life Amendment (1984) and Human Life and Health Care Ethics (1985), authored over 40 law review articles, and has filed over two dozen briefs in the United States Supreme Court alone on constitutional issues. Bopp also is editor-in-chief of Issues in Law & Medicine, a quarterly law journal on medical/legal issues.

From 1984 to 1987, Bopp served on the President�s Committee on Mental Retardation, in 1987, the Congress of the United States appointed Bopp to the Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee which advises Congress on the ethical issues arising from the delivery of health care and biomedical and behavioral research, and in 1988, Bopp served on the Human Fetal Tissue Transplantation Research Panel for the National Institute of Health.

Bopp�s extensive clientele includes Republican National Committee, Focus on the Family, the National Right to Life Committee, the Susan B. Anthony List, All Children Matter, and the Republican parties of Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

A graduate of Indiana University, he received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1973. Mr. Bopp has taught law at Indiana University and served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana.

Mr. Bopp resides in Terre Haute, Indiana, with his wife, Christine, and three daughters.

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