Representative James E. Briles View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 7/11/1992
Birth Place: Prescott, Iowa
Birth County: Adams
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 61 (1965) - 70 (1983)
House: 56 (1955)
58 (1959) - 60 (1963)
Home County: Adams
James E. Briles
Adams County


James E. Briles was born March 31, 1926, in Prescott, Iowa, and moved to Corning, Iowa in 1949. He passed away July 11, 1992, at the age of 66 years.

Mr. Briles is survived by his wife, Marilyn; three daughters, Dory Briles of Des Moines, Mary Briles of Corning and Colleen Schieffer of Caladonia, Minnesota; five sons, Ed of Buhl, Idaho, Jim of Terra Ceia, Florida, Tom of Kansas City, Missouri, Rick Jessen of Corning and Gary Jessen of Corning; a brother, Harvey of Creston; and nine grandchildren.

Mr. Briles attended and graduated from Prescott public school. He was involved in real estate for more than 30 years and was an auctioneer for 33 years.

Mr. Briles served in the Iowa House of Representatives for eight years and was elected to the Senate in 1965. Senator Briles held the Senate seat until his retirement in 1984. Other former senators remember Senator Briles as an expert in county government and agricultural legislation. He was so familiar with his bills, that when other senators were mistaken about details, Senator Briles would turn to the assembly and say, “Read the bill, Senator. Read the bill!!”

Senator Briles was a decorated Army veteran of World War II and was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Corning United Methodist Church.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE SEVENTY-FIFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable James E. Briles, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate by this Resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service to the State and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.