Congressman MI-01Visit Congressman Bergman’s website for more information.
Growing up in a small town, Jack Bergman learned the values at the center of the American Dream: in our exceptional nation, if you work hard, do the right thing, and never quit you will find success. Those values have stayed with him. Whether it was rising to become a three-star general in the Marines, carrying passengers safely across the country as a pilot for Northwest Airlines, or starting his own business in the medical equipment field, he knows that successes shouldn’t come because of connections to special interest groups or political donations. It should come to those who are hardworking, honest people determined to take care of their family and their community.
The Bergman family roots in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula stretch back to the late 1800s where his ancestors worked as iron miners. Jack’s military service forced him to live all around the country. In 1998 he built a home and settled in Watersmeet. He and his wife Cindy call Michigan’s Upper Peninsula home. Jack is driven by his commitment to serving others. While in the military, he launched two successful startup businesses in the medical equipment field, maintaining an obligation to both his nation and his customers simultaneously. As an entrepreneurial leader focused on mission accomplishment and customer satisfaction, Jack knows how to get things done. He believes his small-town ideals are what Washington needs to start serving the people faithfully again.
Hard work and commitment to being the best made the United States the most exceptional nation in the world. Those are the principles that have guided Jack’s life. He’s running for Congress because he believes what most Michiganders believe: Americans know how to live their lives better than Washington does. Jack’s life has been dedicated to fighting to defend the Constitution. He plans to shake up the status quo in both Congress and the Republican Party by continuing to defend the United States from those who want to weaken it, both domestically and abroad.
Congressman MI-02Visit Congressman Huizenga’s website for more information.
U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga represents the 2nd District of Michigan, which stretches along the beautiful West Coast of Michigan from Fennville to Frankfort. He was elected to his first term in Congress on November 3, 2010.
Huizenga is a proven leader in the drive for efficient government, common sense reform in regulation and lowering taxes. In Congress, he is focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth, cutting government spending, ensuring transparency, and rebuilding the bonds of trust between the American people and their representatives in Washington.
Selected to serve on the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, Huizenga is the highest-ranking freshman member. The Committee has jurisdiction over all issues pertaining to: the economy, the banking system, housing, insurance, and securities and exchanges, and also oversees monetary policy, international finance, international monetary organizations, and efforts to combat terrorist financing. Huizenga was named to three subcommittees, where he will focus on: Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit; International Monetary Policy and Trade; and Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology.
In 2002, Huizenga felt the call for public service, running and being elected to serve the southern portion of Ottawa County, Michigan’s 90th District, in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Huizenga was born and raised in Zeeland, Michigan, where he currently resides with his wife, Natalie, and their five children.
Congressman MI-03Visit Congressman Amash’s website for more information.
Congressman Amash represents Michigan’s 3rd District, surrounding Grand Rapids and its metropolitan area. Justin serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He was elected to his first term on November 2, 2010.
Justin was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and raised in the city of Kentwood. He received his bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Economics from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Justin worked as a business lawyer and a Michigan state representative before his election to Congress.
Justin has been a leader in the incorporation of Facebook and other social media into his work as a public official. He also set new standards for transparency and accountability in the Michigan state House.
In October 2010, TIME Magazine named Justin one of its “40 under 40 – Rising Stars of U.S. Politics.”
Justin lives in Cascade Charter Township with his wife Kara, a graduate of Calvin College and a former elementary school teacher. Justin and Kara have three children, Alexander, Anwen, and Evelyn.
Congressman MI-04Visit Congressman Moolenaar’s website for more information.
A lifelong resident of the Great Lakes Bay Region, John Moolenaar was elected to the Michigan Senate in 2010 to represent the 36th District, one of the largest districts in the state. Moolenaar takes pride in his efforts to support our veterans, limit government and uphold the Constitution.
A graduate of Hope College and Harvard University, Moolenaar began his career at Dow Chemical as a Chemist and Industry Specialist developing new markets for products. Later, he worked with the Middle Michigan Development Corporation and MITECH+ to improve the business climate and attract jobs to Michigan, and served as an administrator at the Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies.
John, his wife Amy, and their six children live in Midland, Michigan.
Congressman MI-06Visit Congressman Upton’s website for more information.
Congressman Fred Upton is proud to represent the common-sense conservative values of Southwest Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. A diverse section of the state that stretches from the shores of Lake Michigan, the Sixth District is home to key industries that range from agriculture to auto parts manufacturing to high-tech biomedical innovation centers. It includes all of Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties, and most of Allegan County.
Prior to his election to Congress, Fred worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, he learned from President Reagan’s example that it does not matter who gets the credit, as long as the job gets done. That has been Fred’s approach since he was first elected to Congress in 1986 and continues today.
Fred’s top priorities remain job creation, economic growth, and working to help all residents of Southwest Michigan live longer, better lives.
From 2010 to 2016, Fred was selected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. This pivotal committee has jurisdiction over matters concerning energy, healthcare, the environment, telecommunications, commerce, manufacturing, and trade, as well as oversight and investigations. Hard work and bipartisan success was a staple during Fred’s tenure as chairman of the committee. In fact, under Fred’s leadership, the Committee passed 354 legislative measures through the House of Representatives and saw 202 of those measures signed into law.
Fred has also long pushed for a greater emphasis on biomedical research to improve the public health. In 2014, Fred launched the 21st Century Cures initiative. This multi-year effort aims to bring researchers, industry, and patients together to speed up the discovery, development, and delivery of life-saving cures. The pursuit of these 21st century cures also supports Michigan employers and jobs by ensuring the United States remains the world leader in medical innovation. Marking the culmination of a three-year journey, the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13, 2016.
Fred’s leadership on Great Lakes issues has earned him a national reputation. As an active member of the Great Lakes caucus, Fred has an extensive record working to protect the Great Lakes watershed and preserving the beauty and health of our lakes for generations to come. A leader on keeping BP from dumping pollutants into Lake Michigan, Fred has also been a leader in preventing Asian Carp and other invasive species from entering our waterways, and working on legislation to keep harmful pollutants like synthetic plastic microbeads from getting into our lakes.
Fred was born on April 23, 1953, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Amey, have two adult children.
Congressman MI-07Visit Congressman Walberg’s website for more information.
Congressman Walberg serves as Michigan’s 7th District, covering south central Michigan that stretches from Eaton County to Michigan’s south border of Indiana and Ohio. He is known throughout the 7th District for the commitment to bringing good-paying jobs back to Michigan, restraining government spending, reducing the national deficit and defending traditional values.
Congressman Walberg is a principled, independent conservative dedicated to serving his constituents and willing to work in a bi-partisan manner on legislation that benefits the Seventh District.
Born in Chicago, Congressman Walberg grew up on the city’s south side and worked briefly as a union steel mill worker before attending Western Illinois University, Moody Bible Institute, Taylor University in Fort Wayne, IN (formerly Fort Wayne Bible College) and Wheaton College Graduate School, earning his B.S. and M.A. degrees.
During Tim’s 16 years in the state legislature, he never voted for a tax increase and successfully fought to reduce income taxes, property taxes, capital gains taxes and death taxes. He also compiled a 100 percent pro-life voting record and earned a lifetime A+ rating from the NRA.
Tim and his wife Sue have been married for over 35 years. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three now-adult children Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.
Congressman MI-08Visit Congressman Bishop’s website for more information.
Mike Bishop, a lifetime resident of Oakland County, is a problem solver. In 2006, Mike became the first Michigan Senate Majority Leader from Oakland County and fought for Oakland County values in Lansing. Throughout his term in the Senate from 2002-2010, Mike championed a wide variety of important causes, including sponsoring legislation to create the Michigan Child Protection Registry, which was the first of its kind in the United States to protect children from receiving pornography, tobacco, and other materials not suitable for children. He also authored the Michigan Identify Theft Protection Act, which established identity theft as a felony. Mike Bishop also served as State Representative from 1998 to 2002.
Bishop is currently Chief Legal Officer for International Bancard Corporation and is also an Adjunct Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Prior to his first election in 1998, Bishop was a private practice attorney serving families, small businesses, and local governments.
Bishop graduated from Rochester Adams High School and went on to earn his bachelors degree with honors from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law. Mike and his wife, Cristina, still live in Rochester and are raising their three children there.
Congressman MI-10Visit Congressman Mitchell’s website for more information.
As a principled, conservative leader, Paul Mitchell has a history of fighting for Michigan families. A job creator, a conservative leader, father, and husband, Paul Mitchell is the right choice to represent Michigan’s 10th congressional district.
Paul Mitchell was born into a family with six brothers and sisters. The oldest of the seven, Paul helped care for his brothers and sisters, while his parents worked to make ends meet. Paul’s father worked on the line at General Motors, and his mother worked as a bank teller and the Salvation Army. Paul worked several jobs through high school and college to help his family and pay for his education.
Paul graduated from Michigan State University and began a career dedicated to workforce training. With a passion for teaching others the skills to obtain a job and start a career, Paul became very accomplished in the field working at the State of Michigan, Chrysler, and Ross Education.
In 1985, he joined Ross Education. Paul became a manager of a division at Ross whose entire purpose was to set up satellite campuses around the country to assist people in building their skills to find a job. Through hard work, dedication and using his problem solving skills to implement ‘best-practices’ within his team and operations, Paul rose through the ranks and took over leadership of Ross Education for six years through 2011. During his tenure, Paul moved Ross’ headquarters to St. Clair and expanded Ross’ operations and campuses in the 10th District, Michigan and the Midwest. At the end of his tenure as CEO at Ross, about 6,000 people annually enrolled for career training through 19 different campuses.
Paul describes his leadership style as simply “Say what you mean and do what you say.” Under Paul’s leadership, Ross became a national leader in providing career skills education and workforce services for the unemployed, dislocated workers and long-term public assistance recipients throughout the nation.
Congressman MI-11Visit Congressman Trott’s website for more information.
A lifelong resident of Oakland County, Dave Trott has a proven track record of innovation, integrity, job-creation and an ability to solve problems and provide solutions. For more than 30 years, Dave has honed his skills as a leader and innovative businessman with expertise in technology, legal affairs, and housing. Throughout his career, Dave has created and saved 1,800 jobs in southeast Michigan.
In 1985, he joined his father and mother in the family law firm. Under Dave’s leadership, the firm and other businesses grew. As an innovator, Dave applied his unique problem solving ability to evolving technologies, accounting services, E-mail optimization and staffing processes. His business acumen was recognized by Crain’s Magazine as one of the “Best and Brightest Under 40”.
As a good friend to our community, Dave received the James T. Barnes Award; developed and organized Southeast Michigan Housing Fairs and fundraisers for Coalition on Temporary Shelter; and presented with the 2012 Community Philanthropy and Service Award by The Community House.
Dave’s relentless work ethic is matched by his integrity to uphold our values and instill them in the next generation. He has spent a semester teaching American government at Detroit Country Day School and was the keynote speaker to Country Day graduates at the June 2013 commencement ceremony. Dave currently serves on the University of Michigan Advisory Board, Detroit Country Day School Board of Trustees, The Community House Board, Karmanos Cancer Center Board, Michigan State Building Authority Board of Trustees, and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees.
Dave has and continues to exemplify an unyielding lifelong dedication to advancing conservative principles. As a high school student, he updated voting lists for then-Oakland County Republican Chairman, former Congressman Joe Knollenberg. While attending the University of Michigan, Dave volunteered for State Senator Don Bishop in Lansing. After graduation, he worked for Congressman Bill Broomfield (R-Royal Oak) in Washington.
Dave has supported numerous local, state and federal candidates that embrace our conservative values. Most recently, Dave served as chairman for the 124th Oakland Lincoln Day Dinner presented by the Oakland County Republican Party. The event boasted a record attendance of nearly 2,300, one of the largest crowds in the nation, and featured more than 60 local high school students.
Dave earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from Duke University. He, his wife Kappy of 25 years, and their three children live in Birmingham.