|46th President of the United States|
|Assumed office||January 20, 2017|
|Vice President||Alberta Green|
|Preceded by||Noah Daniels|
|Born|| September 5, 1966|
Albany, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Yale University (BA)|
|Professions||Businessman, Military Officer|
|Branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1988–1992|
|Unit||11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade|
James Joseph Heller (born September 5, 1966) is the 46th and current President of the United States.
Heller was born in Albany, New York, to Joseph and Katherine Heller (née Devane). His father was the owner of a taxicab company. Heller graduated from Albany High School in 1984 and then went on to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, he enlisted in the United States Army as an officer candidate. Upon completing basic combat training, Heller went on to Officer Candidate School. While attending OCS, he decided to become an air defense artillery officer. Upon receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, Heller went to the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School. After completing the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Fort Bliss in Texas as a launcher platoon leader in 2nd Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery. Heller later served as a fire control platoon leader. In August of 1990, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield. In 1991, Heller took part in Operation Desert Storm as a battery executive officer.
He left the U.S. Army in 1992 and moved to Denton, Texas. Heller then obtained employment as a business development associate for Ballard Technology, a Dallas-based management consulting firm specializing in the aerospace industry. In late 1994, he was promoted to the position of a business development manager and soon after married his girlfriend of nearly two years, Alicia Lewis. On March 15, 1996, Heller and Alicia's daughter, Audrey, was born. A couple of months later, he became Ballard Technology's Deputy Chief Business Development Officer. In 1998, Heller left Ballard Technology and co-founded Applied Aviation Company, an aviation consulting company. He took the role of company President. With his wife's encouragement, in October of 2001, Heller decided to run for Congress. He won the Republican primary on March 12, 2002 and then was elected to the United States House of Representatives by the voters of Texas's 26th congressional district on November 5, 2002. Heller was sworn as a congressman on January 3, 2003 and was assigned to sit on the House Committee on Armed Services and the House Committee on Small Business.
He was reelected to a second term on November 2, 2004 and to a third term on November 7, 2006. Upon being sworn in for his third term, Heller left the Committee on Small Business and instead was assigned to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. After being reelected to a fourth term on November 4, 2008 and sworn in on January 3, 2009, he was assigned to sit on the House Committee on Appropriations. While simultaneously serving as a congressman, Heller served as the Director of The President's Economic Stabilization Program and as Chairman of the United States Commission to Assess National Security Policy. He later sat on the United States Ballistic Missile Threat Committee. On December 1, 2009, Heller's wife, Alicia, died of uterine cancer. One week later, he announced that he had made the decision to not seek a fifth term in Congress. On January 4, 2011, Heller sold his shares of Applied Aviation Company to his business partners. A week later, the CEO of Ballard Technology offered him the position of Chief Financial Officer of the firm. Heller accepted the job offer and took up the job a month later.
On November 4, 2011, the Board of Directors of Anderson Aerospace Ventures, an aerospace industry management consulting and venture capital firm, offered him the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the firm. Heller resigned from his role as CFO of Ballard Technology and was officially voted into the role of President and CEO of Anderson Aerospace Ventures by the firm's Board of Directors on January 1, 2012. On June 21, 2014, he married Susan Williams. Seven months later, Heller legally adopted Susan's son, Richard. On June 16, 2015, he announced that he was running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency. Heller resigned from Anderson Aerospace Ventures the next day. Initially considered a long-shot candidate, he began to surge in the polls a couple of weeks before the 2016 Iowa caucus. After coming in a very close second in Iowa, Heller went on to win both the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries and the Nevada caucus. He accumulated a commanding delegate count lead upon winning the majority of states on both the March 1 Super Tuesday and the March 15 Super Tuesday.
On May 3, Heller became the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party after his victory in Indiana and the withdrawal of his last competitors, former Secretary of Homeland Security Alberta Green and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Don Ashton, from the race. On May 26, he secured his 1,238th delegate, achieving a majority of the available delegates. On July 16, Heller announced the selection of Alberta Green as his vice-presidential running mate. On July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio, he formally accepted the Republican Party's nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Heller was elected 46th president of the United States, beating incumbent President Noah Daniels. He received 356 votes in the Electoral College and 52.9% in the popular vote. Heller was inaugurated and sworn into the presidency by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts on January 20, 2017.
- A version of this character appeared on the television series 24.