Elected Officials

Donald J. Trump

President

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Donald J. Trump is the very definition of an American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence for real estate, sports and entertainment. In New York City and around the world, the Trump signature is synonymous with the most prestigious addresses in the world.

Mr. Trump was born in Queens, New York, and is married to Melania Trump and father to Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron. He is a proud grandfather of seven. A graduate of the Wharton School of Finance, and an accomplished author — having authored over fifteen bestsellers, Mr. Trump has devoted his life to growing a company and expanding prosperity for his family and the tens of thousands of Americans he has employed.

Mr. Trump began his business career in an office he shared with this father in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. He worked with his father for five years during which time his father often stated, “some of my best deals were made by my son, Donald…everything he touches seems to turn to gold.”

The Trump organization owns some of the world’s top properties. Mr. Trump has been recognized for both his business accomplishments and his deep passion for the country. He has long been a devoted supporter of veterans’ causes, and has been honored by the Pentagon for his commitment to restoring the dignity of the New York City’s Veterans Day Parade after it had been neglected and poorly managed.

Mr. Trump entered the 2016 presidential campaign because he was deeply concerned about the direction of the country. His motto has been to “Make America Great Again” by bringing jobs back to Americans through renegotiated trade deals and a reformed tax code, securing our borders and restoring the rule of law, repealing and replacing Obamacare, strengthening our military, caring for our veterans, and unifying Americans. He believes that the United States of America is the greatest country in the world, and that the American people unified and working toward a common goal can restore our standing around the world as a beacon of freedom, strength and prosperity.

Mike Pence

Vice President

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Mike Pence is a native Indiana Hoosier who has dedicated his public service life to issues pertaining to fiscal responsibility, economic development and educational opportunity. He is a dedicated husband to Second Lady Karen Pence, and father to their three adult children, Michael, Charlotte and Audrey. Vice President Pence most recently served as the 50th Governor of the State of Indiana before accepting the invitation from President Trump to serve as his running mate.

Vice President Pence was one of six children born to Edward and Nancy Pence. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hanover College in 1981 and a law degree from Indiana University in 1986. After working for the Indiana Policy Review Foundation he hosted The Mike Pence Show — a syndicated radio show that aired on 18 stations throughout Indiana.

Beginning in 2000, Vice President Pence was elected six times to represent the Sixth District of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives where he championed legislation that promoted smaller government and economic growth for the nation. His colleagues quickly recognized his leadership acumen and legislative accomplishments and unanimously elected him to serve as House Republican Conference Chairman and Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee.

The Governor has worked with the Indiana General Assembly to craft an honestly balanced budget that maintains strong reserves for the State and continues to generate a surplus. This fiscal discipline has helped Indiana maintain its AAA credit rating and earn a global reputation as a great place to do business.

As Governor, Vice President Pence managed a State employee workforce of approximately 28,000 and a State budget of $30.6 billion. He oversaw the duties of the executive branch as the State’s chief executive officer, recommended and reviewed legislation with members of the Indiana General Assembly, and served as the commander-in-chief of the Indiana National Guard.

A strong supporter of the military, Pence has made a priority of reducing veteran unemployment and, while in Congress, he visited Hoosier soldiers in Iraq and/or Afghanistan every year since hostilities began.

Rick Snyder

Governor

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Rick Snyder is the state’s 48th Governor. Rick Snyder has built a career on successfully creating jobs.

After graduating from Battle Creek Lakeview High School a semester early, Rick earned three degrees from the University of Michigan, all by the age of 23. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree with high distinction in 1977, his MBA with distinction in 1979 and a JD in 1982.

Following a successful career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he became a partner in six years, Rick left his home state of Michigan to help manage Gateway computers. As the 763rd employee to join the company, he guided the growth of Gateway until it became a Fortune 500 company with over 10,000 employees. During these years of rapid growth, Rick was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. He ran the day-to-day operations of Gateway and worked directly with Ted Waitt – the founder of the company.

Rick’s record of job creation didn’t stop when he left Gateway in 1997. After proving he can help build and run a multibillion dollar publicly traded company he chose to return to Michigan and focus his efforts on building new businesses from the ground up.

He raised an unprecedented $200 million in venture capital funds to invest in building startup businesses, taking ideas and translating them into exciting companies. One of Rick’s many success stories is the creation of HealthMedia, Inc., which provides internet based wellness and disease management tools. HealthMedia’s business plan was crafted on a whiteboard with Rick and a University of Michigan professor, Vic Strecher. With Rick’s investment and leadership, the company has created over 130 jobs in Michigan.

In many cases, Rick has helped diversify Michigan’s economy by bringing global companies to the state. HealthMedia was acquired by Johnson & Johnson, giving the large company a presence in Michigan. HandyLab, in which Rick’s company was an early investor, and for which Rick was board chairman, makes revolutionary medical diagnostic testing equipment and currently employs nearly 50 Michiganders. The company was recently acquired by Becton, Dickenson and Company (BD), a $6 billion medical equipment company. Not only is HandyLab staying in Michigan, but BD announced in a press release that HandyLab’s “novel platform will allow further expansion of the BD molecular diagnostic menu.”

Rick has provided early investment and start up assistance for a number of other successful businesses, including Esperion Therapeutics, which was later purchased by Pfizer.

In addition to creating new businesses, Rick has been actively involved in economic development on a statewide and local level in Michigan. Governor Engler appointed Rick to serve as the first Chair of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in 1999. Rick quickly put in place a strong business model that became one of the nation’s leading public-private economic development programs. From 1997 to 2000, Michigan won the prestigious Governor’s Cup award from Site Selection magazine every year. This award is presented to the state with the highest number of new or expanded facilities in Site Selection’s database. Also under Rick’s leadership, in 1999 the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor was launched. During Rick’s tenure as Chair, the MEDC initiated legislative efforts for SmartZones to support technology startups. These programs contributed to the formation of new companies across the state.

Rick has also been an economic development leader in Washtenaw County for the past decade. Rick wrote the business plan and was the first Chair for Ann Arbor SPARK – one of the most successful economic development programs in the country. Ann Arbor SPARK’s mission is to “advance the development of innovation-based businesses in the Ann Arbor region by offering programs, resources, and proactive support to business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations looking for expansion opportunities.” Using their Open Source approach to economic development, Ann ArborSPARK has been instrumental in growing new businesses and attracting existing businesses. Programs include Michigan’s SmartZone network, the Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center, the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, the Michigan Innovation Equipment Depot and the Economic Development Coalition of Southeastern Michigan. SPARK recently reported that in 2009 it helped secure $147 million in investments for the region, while helping 33 companies announce expansions with plans to hire a total of 2,118.

Creating more and better jobs was the number one issue for Rick Snyder in his campaign. He understands what it takes to plan and launch a new business. He has the vision and plan for creating jobs throughout the state. Michigan needs businesses to start, grow and flourish in order to be a great state again – and as Governor, Rick leads the way.

Brian Calley

Lt. Governor

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Brian Calley is the second youngest lieutenant governor in Michigan’s history.

Before being elected to this position, Calley served two terms in the Michigan Legislature as a state representative. In that role, Calley served as minority vice chair of the House Tax Policy Committee where he worked with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Calley is committed to continuing this spirit of bipartisanship to bring an end to the bitter fighting and divisiveness that has held Michigan back for so long.

Prior to his time as a state lawmaker, Calley worked 10 years as a community banker and small business lender. He was also elected to the Ionia County Board of Commissioners, serving from 2003 to 2006 as the vice chairman for all four years of his tenure there. Calley graduated from Michigan State University in 1998 with a B.A. in business administration and received his MBA from Grand Valley State University in 2000.

Calley is an active member of the Portland Baptist Church where he is a song leader and pianist as well as serving on the deacon board. His wife Julie teaches Sunday school to middle school age children and was elected in 2016 as a State Representative. Together, they have three young children: Collin, Reagan and Karagan.

Ruth Johnson

Secretary of State

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Ruth Johnson was elected as Michigan’s 42nd secretary of state in November 2010 and serves as chief motor vehicle administrator and chief election officer for the state’s nearly 10 million residents. She also maintains the state’s official repository of records and certifies documents as Keeper of the Great Seal and is second in line of succession to the governor.

As Secretary, Johnson is committed to streamlining operations, improving customer service and safeguarding election integrity. She strongly believes that by using technology and common sense and by fostering partnerships between the private and public sectors, her team at the Department of State can cut costs and improve efficiency for the people of Michigan.

Johnson’s election as Secretary continues a distinguished career in public service. As a three-term member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1999 through 2004, she served as assistant majority whip. She also helped improve the quality of life in the state through her efforts on the Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Education, Health Policy and Transportation Committees.

During her time as a legislator, Johnson led investigations into the misappropriation of funds at the Oakland County Intermediate School District that resulted in the conviction of a public official and restored money earmarked for kids.

Secretary Johnson has provided innovative and effective leadership at the local government level as well. From 1988 to 1998, she was a member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, including six years as vice chairperson. As commissioner, she tackled such issues as putting prisoners to work and instituting countywide performance audits that provide accountability in government.

From 2005 through 2010, Johnson served as clerk/register of deeds for Oakland County, the state’s second-largest county. A fiscal conservative, she cut more than $1 million in costs from the county budget and reduced her staff by 20 percent. She also successfully fought a 700 percent increase in fees proposed by the state, because she understands that government must do more for less.

Among her achievements, Johnson greatly expanded the county’s online services. She launched an absentee ballot tracker, introduced online marriage license applications, made campaign donation records available over the Internet and worked with the circuit court to enable virtually paperless court cases and the ability to search and order public court records online. Johnson also made several reforms to fight identity theft and fraud, removed obstacles to voting by overseas military personnel and began a program that recycles used voting machines into schools so kids can learn hands-on about voting.

As clerk/register of deeds, Johnson won 14 national awards for innovative services that provide transparency and save money. In 2004, the National Federation of Independent Businesses named her a “Guardian of Small Business,” the most prestigious honor the NFIB bestows on legislators to recognize their efforts to support small business issues. Johnson has been a frequent speaker at local Optimist and Rotary Club events, and was a charter member of the Holly Area Optimists. She is a former member of the American Business Women’s Association and various chambers of commerce and was chair of the Aging and Social Services Committee as a member of the Michigan Association of Counties.

A lifelong resident of northern Oakland County, Johnson is also a former small business owner. She is a graduate of Waterford Township High School and has an associate's degree from Oakland Community College, a bachelor's degree from Oakland University and a master's degree from Wayne State University, with honors. She lives in Holly with her daughter, Emily.

Bill Schuette

Attorney General

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Bill Schuette is Michigan’s 53rd Attorney General.

Upon taking office, Schuette launched a new Public Integrity Unit to crack down on corruption at all levels of government. Already, it has filed 115 charges and secured six convictions.

For the first time in state history, Schuette appointed a Crime Victims’ Rights Advocate, to serve as a voice and an advocate for the victims of crime, who all too often are forgotten.

Schuette helped engineer a landmark mortgage foreclosure settlement that includes more than half-a-billion dollars in relief to struggling homeowners in Michigan.

Schuette is a national leader in the fight against Asian Carp and other invasive species threatening the five Great Lakes. He is also leading a lawsuit against the federal government for stronger ballast water standards, to help clean up the Great Lakes.

In his role as Consumer Watchdog, Schuette has secured an historic 5-year rate freeze for seniors who purchase Medigap insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Bill Schuette and his wife Cynthia created the Michigan Harvest Gathering, a food and fund drive to help feed hungry people in Michigan that has raised more than $7.7 million and 8 million pounds of food.

Bill Schuette is one of the few individuals to have served in all three branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – as well as at both the state and federal levels. He and his wife Cynthia are the parents of two children, Heidi and Billy, and they reside in Midland, Michigan.

State Board of Education

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Tom McMillin

In November 2016, Tom McMillin was elected to an 8 year term as a member of the Michigan State Board of Education. Tom is a former State Representative, who served in the Michigan House of Representatives from January 2009 through December 2014, when he was term-limited. Tom served as chairman of the House Oversight committee, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and the House Education committee. Tom has served as an Oakland County Commissioner, Mayor of Auburn Hills and Auburn Hills City Councilman for 9 years. He was also President of the Board of Prevail Academy charter school in Mt. Clemens from its inception in 2004 until he started in the legislature in 2009. Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of Crossroads Pregnancy Center in Auburn Hills. Tom is a Certified Public Accountant and owns a small CPA firm. He has done consulting work, serving as a part-time Chief Financial Officer for several clients. Tom is married to Dalila McMillin and has three daughters. Tom has been a strong advocate for local control of education and has been a leader in the ongoing fight against those who want to centralize education at the state and federal level. Over the years, Tom has fought against such centralization schemes as Outcome Based Education, Goals 2000, School to Work and now Common Core. As a state representative, Tom led the effort in the legislature to repeal Common Core and to stop the drive to make the statewide assessment more high-stakes. He was also a leader in giving parents more choices in education through the lifting of the charter school cap.

Nikki Snyder

Serving her first term as a Member of the State Board of Education, Nikki is an Eastern Michigan University graduate serving first as a Registered Nurse and then as a Nurse Educator. Nikki is a Mother of three children in the traditional public school system. She also comes with experience as a disability advocate.

Eileen Weiser

Eileen Weiser was elected to her second term in 2010 after serving from 1988-2006. She holds piano performance degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. Ms. Weiser has served on the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Midwest Higher Education Compact and the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for The Nation's Report Card (NAEP). She currently serves on the Education Commission of the States (ECS) and the Governor's 21st Century Education Commission.

Richard Zeile

Rev. Dr. Richard A. Zeile was elected to the board in 2010. He has served as Pastor & Headmaster at St. John's Lutheran Church & School in Taylor, as well as Adjunct Professor of Education at Concordia University, Ann Arbor. Ordained in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, he has served Lutheran Parochial schools for most of his professional life, and also a year as Chaplain Resident at Detroit's Sinai-Grace Hospital.

University of Michigan Board of Regents

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Andrea Fischer Newman

A University of Michigan graduate, Regent Newman is a Vice President of the Detroit Economic Club and a Senior Vice President for Delta Airlines. First elected to the board in 1994, she also holds a law degree from George Washington University.

Andrew C. Richner

The Chair of the Board of Regents, Mr. Richner was elected in 2002. He graduated from the University of Michigan Business School and Law School, while writing for the Michigan Law Review, and is a practicing lawyer and a former State Representative.

Ron Weiser

Regent Weiser is from Ann Arbor. He received his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Michigan in 1966. Regent Weiser founded McKinley Associates Inc., a national real estate investment company, in 1968 and was its chairman and chief executive officer until 2001. From 2001-05 under President George W. Bush, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. Regent Weiser served on the board of directors of numerous non-profit organizations, including the national board of the Ginsberg Center at UM, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the UNCF of Washtenaw County, the Michigan Theater, Artrain USA, and The Henry Ford Museum. He served on the advisory boards of the Zell Lurie Institute in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the University’s Food Allergy Center. In 1984, together with his wife, Eileen, he created the McKinley Foundation, a public community foundation that built the NEW Center. He and his wife also founded two educational institutes at UM: the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia. They are also deputy chairs of the University’s Victors for Michigan Campaign. He is a trustee or director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and The Henry Ford, a member of the endowment committee of the Detroit Institute of Arts, a member of the campaign for the University’s Health System, and the chair of an effort to raise resources for a pediatric brain cancer research initiative at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in honor of the late Chad Carr. Regent Weiser was elected to the Board of Regents in 2016.

Michigan State University Board of Trustees

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Brian Breslin

Brian Breslin was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree in food systems economics and management from MSU in 1977, while playing basketball for the Michigan State Spartans. Until his retirement in 2006, Breslin worked as the senior vice president of human resources and government relations at Michigan-based Meijer Inc. in Grand Rapids. Having been with Meijer since 1977, Breslin also served as the vice president for public and consumer affairs and as a company spokesperson.

Melanie Foster

Elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004 and again in 2014, Melanie Foster has served as vice chair for six years and also has served on the MSU Foundation Board. For 15 years, she served as president and CEO of a commercial landscape company she built into a nationally acclaimed firm. For 10 years, Foster also was president and CEO of a commercial landscape firm in Orlando, Florida, that specialized in theme park and entertainment-related landscaping. She is a former member of the MSU Wharton Advisory Council, serving for six years, and the Michigan Dyslexia Association. Former directorships include Charter National Bank, Artrain, the State of Michigan Board of Landscape Architecture Registration, and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America.

Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly was elected to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees for an eight year term that began on January 1, 2017. Previously, Dan served six years on the Oakland Community College Board of Trustees as both a Trustee and the Board Chair. Additionally, Dan was elected to two four year terms on the Independence Township Board of Trustees, where he also served as a member of the Township’s Planning Commission. Mr. Kelly is a practicing attorney and Member of the Board of Directors of the Troy based law firm of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., where he serves as chair of the firm’s municipal department. Given his 25 plus years of litigation experience on behalf of municipalities, school districts and various corporate clients, Dan has been asked to speak on numerous occasions in the areas of risk management and governmental liability. He is a court appointed mediator and certified in Risk Management and Risk Management for Public Entities by the AICPCU. Dan is a graduate of Michigan State University’s fellowship in Political Leadership, Western Michigan University and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Dan resides in Clarkston, Michigan with his wife, Kathleen, and their four children.

Mitch Lyons

Mitch Lyons was elected to the Board of Trustees for an eight-year term beginning January 1, 2011. In 1988, he attended Michigan State on a football scholarship, from 1988 to 1992. Upon graduation from MSU in 1992 with a degree in general business administration, Lyons continued his football career in the NFL from 1993 to 1999. Upon the completion of his NFL career, Lyons moved back to Rockford full time and began his financial services career in 2000. Together with his partners at Woodbury Financial, he works with individuals and businesses in the areas of wealth accumulation, protection, and distribution, offering investment management as well as life and disability insurance strategies.

Wayne State University Board of Governors

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Diane L. Dunaskiss

A graduate of Wayne State University and current Elementary School Principal, Mrs. Dunaskiss has been active at several levels of education. Elected in 1994, she also specializes in special education, working with students who have special needs to enhance the education experience.

David A. Nicholson

David Nicholson graduated with a BA in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 and obtained a MBA from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business. David Nicholson is Chief Executive Officer of PVS Chemical’s Sulfur and Distribution Groups. Mr. Nicholson serves as Chairman of the Board of Forgotten Harvest, and he is a board member of the DMC Legacy Board and Kids Kicking Cancer. He resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan with his wife Kristin and two sons.

Michael Busuito

Michael Joseph Busuito is a lifelong Detroit area resident. Born in Detroit, he is a second generation descendent of Sicilian Catholic immigrants and a product of the public education system in Michigan. He received his B.S. degree in 1976, from the University of Michigan, and his M.D. from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1981. Following medical school, he completed a five-year residency in General Surgery and a two year residency in Plastic Surgery. He was chosen to be the Chief Administrative Resident in both of these training programs at the Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center Affiliated Program, and subsequently earned his board certification from both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Busuito has dedicated his life to serving his profession and training future physicians. Since beginning his practice, he has continually been involved in research as well as teaching medical students and surgery residents. He is proud of his affiliation with Wayne State University, and currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, a voluntary position, at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. In addition to his busy practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Busuito frequently lectures in his specialty and is internationally published.

Dr. Busuito has held and currently holds seats on several boards. His board experience includes a bank board and community and charitable foundations, among others. He has been very active in service in philanthropy for causes he supports, including the Wayne State School of Medicine.

Dr. Busuito currently holds several leadership positions in the hospitals where he practices. His practice is split between both disciplines of plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Busuito has been the recipient of many honors and awards for his surgical accomplishments as well as his teaching endeavors, his community service and his charitable work. He is the father of six children, all of whom participate in community service.

Dr. Busuito has performed thousands of charitable surgical procedures on children around the world through Operation KINDNESS (Kids In Need Deserve Necessary Essential Surgical Services), a charitable surgical organization of which he is a co-founder. Operation KINDNESS provides surgical services to infants and children who live in areas of the world where the expertise and/or technology is not available to treat the terrible deformities with which they are born. Most of these congenital defects involve cleft lip and palate deformities. Dr. Busuito and his team have been performing these surgeries for more than 25 years and they donate their time, services and supplies free of charge to those in need.

Congressional Delegation

Jack Bergman

Congressman MI-03

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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.

Bill Huizenga

Congressman MI-02

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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.

Justin Amash

Congressman MI-03

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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.

John Moolenaar

Congressman MI-04

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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.

Fred Upton

Congressman MI-06

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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.

Tim Walberg

Congressman MI-07

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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.

Mike Bishop

Congressman MI-08

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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.

Paul Mitchell

Congressman MI-10

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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.

Dave Trott

Congressman MI-11

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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.

Senate Republicans

Senate Republicans

Visit the caucus website for a listing of all GOP State Senators and links to their individual homepages. If you do not know your district, click here.

District Name Contact
District 7 Patrick Colbeck SenPColbeck@senate.michigan.gov
District 8 Jack Brandenburg SenJBrandenburg@senate.michigan.gov
District 10 Tory Rocca SenTRocca@senate.michigan.gov
District 12 Jim Marleau JimMarleau@senate.michigan.gov
District 13 Marty Knollenberg SenMKnollenberg@senate.michigan.gov
District 14 Dave Robertson SenDRobertson@senate.michigan.gov
District 15 Mike Kowall SenMKowall@senate.michigan.gov
District 16 Mike Shirkey MikeShirkey@senate.michigan.gov
District 17 Dale Zorn SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov
District 19 Mike Nofs SenMNofs@senate.michigan.gov
District 20 Maragret O’Brien SenMOBrien@senate.michigan.gov
District 21 John Proos SenJProos@senate.michigan.gov
District 22 Joe Hune SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov
District 24 Rick Jones SenRJones@senate.michigan.gov
District 25 Phil Pavlov SenPPavlov@senate.michigan.gov
District 26 Tonya Schuitmaker SenTSchuitmaker@senate.michigan.gov
District 28 Peter MacGregor SenPMacGregor@senate.michigan.gov
District 29 Dave Hildenbrand SenDHildenbrand@senate.michigan.gov
District 30 Arlan Meekhof SenAMeekhof@senate.michigan.gov
District 31 Mike Green SenMGreen@senate.michigan.gov
District 32 Ken Horn SenKHorn@senate.michigan.gov
District 33 Judy Emmons SenJEmmons@senate.michigan.gov
District 34 Goeff Hansen SenGHansen@senate.michigan.gov
District 35 Darwin Booher SenDBooher@senate.michigan.gov
District 36 Jim Stamas SenJStamas@senate.michigan.gov
District 37 Wayne Schmidt SenWSchmidt@senate.michigan.gov
District 38 Tom Casperson SenTCasperson@senate.michigan.gov

House Republicans

House Republicans

Visit the caucus website for a listing of all GOP state representatives and links to their individual homepages. If you do not know your district, click here.

District Name Contact
District 17 Joseph Bellino JosephBellino@house.mi.gov
District 19 Laura Cox LauraCox@house.mi.gov
District 20 Jeff Noble JeffNoble@house.mi.gov
District 24 Steve Marino SteveMarino@house.mi.gov
District 30 Diana Farrington DianaFarrington@house.mi.gov
District 32 Pamela Hornberger PamelaHornberger@house.mi.gov
District 33 Jeff Yaroch JeffYaroch@house.mi.gov
District 36 Peter Lucido PeterLucido@house.mi.gov
District 38 Kathy Crawford KathyCrawford@house.mi.gov
District 39 Klint Kesto KlintKesto@house.mi.gov
District 40 Maragret O’Brien SenMOBrien@senate.michigan.gov
District 41 Martin Howrylak MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov
District 42 Lana Theis LanaTheis@house.mi.gov
District 43 Jim Tedder JimTedder@house.mi.gov
District 44 Jim Runestad JimRunestad@house.mi.gov
District 45 Michael Webber MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov
District 46 John Reilly JohnReilly@house.mi.gov
District 47 Hank Vaupel HenryVaupel@house.mi.gov
District 51 Joe Graves JosephGraves@house.mi.gov
District 56 Jason Sheppard JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov
District 57 Bronna Kahle BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov
District 58 Eric Leutheuser EricLeutheuser@house.mi.gov
District 59 Aaron Miller AaronMiller@house.mi.gov
District 61 Brandt Iden BrandtIden@house.mi.gov
District 62 John Bizon JohnBizon@house.mi.gov
District 63 David Maturen DavidMaturen@house.mi.gov
District 64 Julie Alexander JulieAlexander@house.mi.gov
District 65 Brett Roberts BrettRoberts@house.mi.gov
District 66 Beth Griffin BethGriffin@house.mi.gov
District 70 James Lower JamesLower@house.mi.gov
District 71 Tom Barrett TomBarrett@house.mi.gov
District 72 Steven Johnson StevenJohnson@house.mi.gov
District 73 Chris Afendoulis ChrisAfendoulis@house.mi.gov
District 74 Rob Verheulen RobVerHeulen@house.mi.gov
District 77 Tommy Brann TommyBrann@house.mi.gov
District 78 Dave Pagel DavePagel@house.mi.gov
District 79 Kim LaSata KimLaSata@house.mi.gov
District 80 Mary Whiteford MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov
District 81 Dan Lauwers DanLauwers@house.mi.gov
District 82 Gary Howell GaryHowell@house.mi.gov
District 83 Shane Hernandez ShaneHernandez@house.mi.gov
District 84 Edward Canfield EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov
District 85 Ben Frederick BenFrederick@house.mi.gov
District 86 Thomas Albert ThomasAlbert@house.mi.gov
District 87 Julie Calley JulieCalley@house.mi.gov
District 88 Roger Victory RogerVictory@house.mi.gov
District 89 Jim Lilly JimLilly@house.mi.gov
District 90 Daniela Garcia DanielaGarcia@house.mi.gov
District 91 Holly Hughes HollyHughes@house.mi.gov
District 93 Tom Leonard TomLeonard@house.mi.gov
District 94 Tim Kelly TimKelly@house.mi.gov
District 97 Jason Wentworth JasonWentworth@house.mi.gov
District 98 Gary Glenn GaryGlenn@house.mi.gov
District 99 Roger Hauck RogerHauck@house.mi.gov
District 100 Scott VanSingel ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov
District 101 Curt VanderWall CurtisVanderWall@house.mi.gov
District 102 Michele Hoitenga MicheleHoitenga@house.mi.gov
District 103 Daire Rendon DaireRendon@house.mi.gov
District 104 Larry Inman LarryInman@house.mi.gov
District 105 Triston Cole TristonCole@house.mi.gov
District 106 Sue Allor SueAllor@house.mi.gov
District 107 Lee Chatfield LeeChatfield@house.mi.gov
District 108 Beau LaFave BeauLaFave@house.mi.gov