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James Bass, Esq.


James Bass was born in Belfast and raised in Portland. He graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 2002 and earned his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 2006.

James joined the U.S. Army upon graduation from law school and practiced law as a Judge Advocate in the JAG Corps for nearly six years. He was stationed at Fort Sill, OK and Washington, DC. In 2011, he deployed to Afghanistan as a legal advisor with a joint special operations task force. He is a recipient of both the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

After leaving active duty, James joined the Maine Army National Guard where he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

James engages in an active government relations practice, working with state and local decision makers to create solutions on his clients’ behalf. He has a broad array of Legislative and Executive branch lobbying experience as well as representing clients before Maine’s administrative agencies. James is currently one of MOA’s contracted lobbyists.

In 2017, James co-founded Cushnoc Brewing Co. in Augusta, Maine with three friends. Cushnoc is a craft brewery and wood-fired pizza restaurant serving great beer and pizza and is helping reinvigorate downtown Augusta.

Active in the community, James serves on the boards of the Kennebec Valley YMCA, the Augusta Board of Zoning Appeals and the Augusta Board of Trade. He is also a member of the Capitol Planning Commission.

James is married and his wife, Ami, is a social worker in the Augusta area. They have two sons.