James Rajotte was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000 as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Southwest, and was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Leduc in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
He served as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance during the 40th Parliament (2008-2011) and was re-elected to this role in 2011. The Committee conducts annual pre-budget consultations, reviews the Bank of Canada's Reports on Monetary Policy, and studies finance-related legislation such as Budget Implementation Bills.
Since 2008, the Committee has conducted studies on the Retirement Income Security of Canadians; Credit Card Interchange Fees and the Debit Payment System in Canada; Measures to Enhance Credit Availability and the Stability of the Canadian Financial System; Tax Evasion and Offshore Bank Accounts; the Current Debt Crisis and Economic Turmoil in the United States and Europe, and its Potential Impact on Canada; and Tax Incentives for Charitable Donations
In the 39th Parliament, he served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. This Committee conducted studies and produced reports on the Challenges Facing the Manufacturing Sector; Counterfeiting and Piracy of Intellectual Property; the Impact of the Strong Canadian Dollar on the Economy; and the State of Science and Technology in Canada.
Mr. Rajotte introduced a Private Member's Bill (C-299) on Identity Theft (pretexting), a bill which was unanimously approved by the House of Commons during the 39th Parliament. In the 40th Parliament he introduced a Private Member’s Motion (M-574) on Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia, which was unanimously adopted by the House of Commons in December 2010. In March 2012, his Private Member’s Motion (M-269), a motion to help improve Financial Literacy in Canada was also adopted by the House of Commons.
He has served on many inter-parliamentary groups; presently, he is Vice-Chair of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary Group and a member of the Executive Committee of the Canada-United Kingdom Inter-parliamentary Association. He is a past Chair of the Canada-Ireland Inter-parliamentary Group.
He received a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta.
Mr. Rajotte was born and raised in Edmonton.