Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jeffries attended the public schools. He graduated from Cranbrook School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1943. He attended Michigan State University, Lansing, 1947. He served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. and was an investment counselor and corporate director from 1956 to 1979. He served as a delegate to the Kansas State Republican convention, 1978.
Jeffries was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-sixth and to the Ninety-seventh Congresses (January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1983). He was a conservative. He introduced 14 bills during his tenure, the most prominent of which was a 1981 law which settled a long-standing controversy over a minor border dispute between Missouri and Kansas
- Biographical Sketch of James Edmund Jeffries, Kansas Historical Society
- https://www.congress.gov/bill/97th-congress/house-bill/4048?s=1&r=8 A bill granting the consent of Congress to the agreement between the States of Kansas and Missouri establishing their mutual boundary in the vicinity of the French Bottoms near St. Joseph, Missouri, and Elwood, Kansas
- United States Congress. "James Edmund Jeffries (id: J000074)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 2nd congressional district
1979 - 1983
|96th||Senate: B. Dole • N. Kassenbaum||House: L. Winn • K. Sebelius • D. Glickman • J.E. Jeffries • B. Whittaker|
|97th||Senate: B. Dole • N. Kassenbaum||House: L. Winn • D. Glickman • J.E. Jeffries • B. Whittaker • P. Roberts|
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