James Robert Sutton, CNZM (born 7 November 1941), generally known as Jim Sutton, was a New Zealand politician from 1984 - 1990 and from 1993 - 2006. He has held a range of ministerial portfolios including Agriculture, Forestry, Rural Affairs, Biosecurity, and Trade Negotiations.
Sutton was born in Reading, Berkshire, England. He came to New Zealand while young, arriving in 1949. He attended high school in Timaru before becoming a farmer. Sutton is married, and has three children.
He has held a number of offices in Federated Farmers, a nation-wide agricultural association. He was also Director of Trustbank South Canterbury, chaired the New Zealand Aids Foundation, served as a board member of the Public Health Commission, and was Deputy Chair of both the New Zealand Lotteries Commission and Meridian Energy. His brother Bill Sutton has also been a Labour MP.