Jim Hillyer was first elected to the House of Commons as the MP for Lethbridge in 2011. The riding was redistributed in 2012 and Hillyer opted to run in Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner in 2015. His hometown of Stirling is part of the new riding.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Master’s degree in political economy from George Wythe University (non-accredited) in Utah. He also completed some of the coursework for a PhD in constitutional law.
Hillyer was a onetime candidate for the Saskatchewan Party in Regina, but opted to drop out of the race after he was diagnosed with leukemia.
Hillyer has faced some criticism in his political career. In the 2011 election campaign the local newspaper chided him for not attending any all-candidate forums and dubbed him ‘the man who wasn’t there.’ When he opted to switch ridings for 2015, the former Medicine Hat MP announced that he would not be endorsing Hillyer because he did not feel Hillyer had done a good job for his constituents in Lethbridge.
Hillyer is married and a father of four. Before he was married Hillyer was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Quebec. He has spend time working as a consultant, an educator and an entrepreneur.