Jim Penniman-Morin was elected Mayor of Cedar Park in May 2022. He was elected to serve on Place 1 of the Cedar Park City Council one year prior. Mayor Jim is proud to play a role in continuing the smart and successful growth of our city as a thriving, safe and inclusive community. Also in his capacity as mayor, he sits on the Transportation Policy Board for the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).
An attorney with 15 years of practice, Jim currently serves as in-house counsel of an artificial intelligence company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Jim previously practiced with several international law firms, representing tech start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike in venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and other critical transactions. Jim graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008, which he attended at night while supporting his family and completing his military service.
Jim Penniman-Morin graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in June 2001 and then joined the famed 82nd Airborne Division. Following tours as an infantry platoon leader in Afghanistan and Iraq, Jim was accepted to serve in the prestigious 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), performing ceremonies at The White House, Capitol and Arlington National Cemetery. After completing company command in that unit, Jim left active duty and served two years in the Virginia Army National Guard. Among other commendations, Captain Morin was twice awarded the Bronze Star, the Sapper Tab, and the Ranger Tab.
Jim and his family moved to Cedar Park from northern Virginia in 2014. An Eagle Scout himself, Jim has been active with his sons' and daughters' Scout troops, in addition to supporting their various athletic, artistic, and community endeavors. Jim has seven children, ages newborn to 20. Jim's wife, Sarah, is a humanitarian aid professional. Jim and Sarah enjoy hiking, gardening, trying new foods, and traveling to scenic and historic sites. The family attends Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Park.