About James A. (Jim) Cuffia
Executive Director, Essential Liberty Project
"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say 'what should be the reward of such sacrifices?'" —Samuel Adams
Jim Cuffia is Executive Director of the Essential Liberty Project. He has pledged his life to honoring the sacrifices of American Patriots, from Lexington and Concord through today, by battling for the ideals enumerated within the Declaration of Independence.
A third-generation American, Jim was born and raised for his first thirteen years in the Pittsburgh area where he acquired his moral grounding and can-do attitude from Western Pennsylvania coal miners and steel workers. His parents raised him to live the "third person" principle: God first, others second, self third. Relocating to a Chicago suburb in Northwest Indiana, Jim received a most excellent education at one of the premier Indiana high schools and graduated as salutatorian of his class.
After surviving the Peanut Farmer Blight of the late 1970's, Jim attended Purdue University and earned B.S and M.S. degrees in civil/structural engineering. To fund his education, he worked in a factory during summers and breaks, and as a residence hall counselor during the school year. He publicly reiterated his belief in moral living by accepting the Obligation of the Order of the Engineer, which pledges, " When needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good."
During the 1990's Jim became a licensed Professional Engineer and completed the Purdue University Entrepreneurship Program. He founded a computer consulting company that lasted until Sarbanes-Oxley, Health Insurance Portability Act and Patriot Act created increasingly onerous burdens. It was then that he turned full time to fighting in the political arena.
Having battled Chicago-style politics (pay-to-play coupled with personal assassination -- either political, professional or personal), Jim has an acute understanding of the origins, aims and perils of the current hegemony in Washington, DC. Therefore, he has turned the application of his root-cause analytical skills and education towards reversing this unmitigated assault upon Liberty and Rule of Law. To that end he has become a contributing editor for the PatriotPost.US and a fervent member of the Club for Growth. All of these efforts have culminated in his current position as Executive Director of the Essential Liberty Project.
Married for over 18 years, Jim has a stepdaughter and recently became a grandfather, which strengthened his fight to leave the legacy of Liberty to our posterity, for as Thomas Paine concluded," "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."