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James “Jimmy”

U.S. Department of State


Last updated: Jan 10, 2023

James “Jimmy” Loomis currently serves a China Desk Officer and Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, where he manages cyber and technology policy issues within the U.S. – China bilateral relationship. Previously, he served as Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy’s (D-FL) Senior Defense & Foreign Policy Advisor, where his principal duties consisted of managing the Congresswoman’s House Armed Services Committee portfolio. Prior to assuming this position, Jimmy conducted research on Chinese grey zone operations in the Indo-Pacific for the Stimson Center’s Defense Strategy and Planning Program and studied foreign direct investment and trade issues while working at the World Trade Center St. Louis. A proud native of St. Louis, Missouri, at age 18 Jimmy was the youngest elected official to serve in public office in a district of 35,000 residents.

Jimmy holds a MSc. with Merit in International Relations from the London School of Economics, a L.L.M. in International Affairs from Peking University, and a B.A. with Honors in Chinese Affairs and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. He has been awarded fellowships with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Atlantic Council, the Wilson Center, and was named one of Out in National Security’s National Security & Foreign Policy LGBT+ New Voices for 2021. Jimmy is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

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