South Down Constituency
Jim was elected to serve as a Councillor in Down District Council in 2001, having previously held a seat on Lisburn Borough Council and Banbridge Borough Council. He served on the Council until stepping down at the 2011 election.
Jim was Assembly Member for the South Down constituency initially from 1982 to 1986. He was re-elected in 1998 and is currently in his fourth term having been successfully re-elected in 2011.
Jim served as Deputy Chair of the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety before he was appointed as Minister of Health in September 2014 where he served until May 2015.