James P. Hoffa has been on a mission—to build the Teamsters Union into the strongest, most powerful voice in North America for working families—and he is well on his way to achieving this goal. Under Hoffa’s leadership, the Teamsters Union is winning industry-leading contracts, engaging in vigorous contract enforcement and organizing the unorganized. James P. Hoffa grew up on picket lines and in union meetings. He is the only son of James R. Hoffa, former General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Hoffa was elected to his fourth term as General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 2016.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Jim graduated from Detroit public schools, and Michigan State University where he played (American) football under legendary coach Duffy Daugherty. He went on to get a Law Degree from the University of Michigan. He worked as a laborer and Teamster member in Detroit and Alaska, loading and unloading freight from ships, driving trucks and buses, and operating heavy equipment. He then worked as a Teamster attorney representing members, local unions and Joint Councils in worker compensation cases, Social Security, and personal legal matters later becoming Administrative Assistant to the President of Michigan Joint Council 43. He was first elected General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1999.
In 2018 Jim was elected chairperson of the International Transport Workers’ Federation Road Transport Steering Committee. In this role, Jim brings his focus on high standards through collective bargaining and organizing the unorganized to the road transport industry globally.