James “Jim” Ruffin Sworn in as Wildlife Commissioner

  • 27 February 2020
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James “Jim” Ruffin Sworn in as Wildlife Commissioner
James "Jim" Ruffin (alongside wife Lorre) is sworn in by Judge Reuben Young of the N.C. Court of Appeals.

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 27, 2020) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed a new member to its governing board at its business meeting today. James “Jim” Ruffin, a Winston-Salem native, was sworn in as the new District 7 Commissioner by Judge Reuben Young of the N.C. Court of Appeals.

Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Ruffin, who replaces Commissioner Joe Budd, also of Winston-Salem. As District 7 Commissioner, Ruffin represents Alleghany, Alexander, Ashe, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Jim is the second Ruffin appointed as a District 7 Wildlife Commissioner, following in the footsteps of his father, Dalton Ruffin, who served as a Governor appointee for District 7 Commissioner for two six-year terms.  

Ruffin and his wife, Lorre, reside in Winston-Salem, where he works as an independent construction consultant at Construction Practices, a company he founded in 2014 after a 27-year career in commercial construction.

Ruffin is an avid outdoorsman and regularly hunts, fishes and hikes. He particularly enjoys fly-fishing in the mountains and duck hunting with his three Labrador retrievers. He is a graduate of N.C. State University with a degree in civil engineering.

The 19-member Wildlife Commission establishes policies and regulations governing hunting, fishing and boating activities in North Carolina. Members serve until reappointed or replaced.

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