James moved to Winnipeg in 2001 to pursue his education, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in political studies and economics.
After obtaining his first degree, James became actively involved with the Green Party, recognizing that only the Greens offered an honest and sincere attempt to deal with economic inequality and the pending climate crisis.
In 2007 James ran his first campaign in the rural riding surrounding Brandon, which was then called Minnedosa, by pedalling nearly 300 kilometres from rural community to rural community to speak with voters.
In 2008 James Beddome and business partners Scott Harrison and Caitlin McIntyre launched Wheely Green, an ecologically focussed marketing company that also offered bike taxi rides in Winnipeg until it ceased operations in 2010.
In 2008, James was elected as the Leader of the Green Party of Manitoba, and he continues to serve in that position to this day.
James received a law degree from the University of Manitoba in 2013 and he was called to the Bar of Manitoba on May 28, 2014.
In October of 2017 James and Seneca Longclaws founded the firm Beddome and Longclaws Law Corporation.
James’ legal practice focuses on serving First Nation Governments, tribal organizations, and individuals with legal matters pertaining to indigenous law, environmental law, and civil litigation. James has handled matters before the Clean Environment Commission, the National Energy Board, the Independent Assessment Process established as part of the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the Manitoba Queen’s Bench, The Federal Court of Canada, and the Federal Court of Appeal.
James also enjoys gardening in his spare time.