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The Spartan Caucus

Following is a list of Michigan State University alumni elected and serving in state politics.

Governor’s Administration

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley
Brian Calley is the Lieutenant Governor of Michigan and a former state representative for the 87th District of the Michigan House of Representatives, having served from 2007 to 2011. Calley was first elected Lieutenant Governor of Michigan in 2010. Calley holds a BA in business administration from MSU and an MBA from Grand Valley State University. Learn more.

Michigan State Senate Members

Jim Ananich

Senator Jim Ananich (D), Senate District 27
Senator Jim Ananich is serving his second term in the State Senate. Ananich represents Argentine Township, Clayton Township, Fenton, Fenton Township, Flint, Flint Township, Flushing, Flushing Township, Gaines Township, Genesee Township, Linden, Montrose, Montrose Township, Mundy Township, and Swartz Creek. Ananich earned a bachelor’s degree in political economics from Michigan State University as well as a secondary education certificate in social studies. He also earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan-Flint. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Legislative Council (VC).

Curtis Hertel

Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (D), District 23
Curtis Hertel Jr. has served as Ingham County Register of Deeds since 2009. Previously, he served as an Ingham County Commissioner from 2001-2008. Hertel holds a BA from Michigan State University James Madison College. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Appropriations, Banking and Financial Institutions (MVC), Commerce, Committee on Administrative Rules, Health Policy (MVC), Regulatory Reforms. Subcommittees: Community Health (MVC), Higher Education, Capital Outlay.

Dave Hildenbrand

Senator Dave Hildenbrand (R), Senate District 29
Senator Dave Hildenbrand was elected to the Michigan State Senate in 2010 and represents the cities of Kentwood, Grand Rapids, Lowell, and the townships of Cascade, Lowell, Vergennes, and Grattan in Kent County. He has a bachelor’s degree in public resource management from Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Appropriations (C).

Rick Jones

Senator Rick Jones (R), District 24
Senator Rick Jones was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010 to represent the residents of Allegan, Eaton, and Barry counties in the 24th District. Jones began service in the legislature after being elected in 2004 to the Michigan House of Representatives, representing residents of Eaton County in the 71st District. Jones received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and executive leadership training from Central Michigan University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Judiciary (C), Regulatory Reform (VC), Families, Seniors and Human Services, Health Policy, Insurance.

Peter MacGregor

Senator Peter MacGregor (R), District 28
Senator MacGregor was elected in 2014 to serve the residents of Kent County. MacGregor was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010 to represent the 73rd District for four years. MacGregor graduated from the Michigan State University School of Business in 1988. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Appropriations (VC), Banking and Financial Services, Commerce. Subcommittees: Human Services (C), Environmental Quality (VC), Higher Education (VC), Capital Outlay.

Margaret O’Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien (R), District 20
Senator O’Brien was elected in 2014 to serve the residents of Kalamazoo County. O’Brien was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010 to represent the 61st District for four years. Senator O’Brien holds a BA from Michigan State University James Madison College. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security (C), Banking and Financial Services (VC), Health Policy, Insurance.

John Pross

Senator John M. Proos (R), District 21
Senator John Proos was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010 to represent the 21st District of Berrien, Cass, and most of Van Buren counties. Proos served as state representative of the 79th district from 2005 through 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Marquette University and a master's in higher education administration from Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Local Government (VC), Energy and Technology (VC), Michigan Competitiveness, Appropriations, Finance. Subcommittees: Corrections (C), Judiciary (C), Human Services (VC).

Tonya Schuitmaker

Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R), District 26
Senator Tonya Schuitmaker was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010, following three terms in the House of Representatives. She serves the residents of Kalamazoo and parts of Van Buren counties. She holds a BA in business and JD from Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Judiciary (VC), Appropriations, Energy and Technology. Subcommittees: Higher Education (C), Community College (VC), Judiciary (VC), Capital Outlay.

Virgil Smith

Senator Virgil Smith (D), District 4
Elected in 2010, Senator Virgil Smith currently represents the 4th Senate District located in Detroit. Smith served for three consecutive terms as a representative in the Michigan House of Representatives. He earned his BA in political science from Michigan State University and is currently working on an MA in public administration from Western Michigan University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Agriculture (VC), Economic Development (VC), Insurance (VC), Banking and Financial Services, Energy and Technology.

Rebekah Warren

Senator Rebekah Warren (D,) District 18
Senator Rebekah Warren was elected in 2010 to serve the residents of Washtenaw County. Warren was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2006 to represent the 53rd District for four years. Senator Warren received her BA from University of Michigan and MA from Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Michigan Competitiveness (VC), Natural Resources (VC), Regulatory Reform (VC), Finance.

Michigan House of Representatives Members

Brian Banks

Representative Brian Banks (D), District 1
Representative Brian Banks was elected to the Michigan House in 2012 and represents Michigan’s 1st House District, which comprises Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores, and a portion of northeast Detroit. Banks earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Wayne State University and his law degree from the MSU College of Law. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Appropriations, Insurance. Subcommittees: Department of Human Services (VC), Transportation (VC), Community Colleges, Education.

John Bizon

Representative John Bizon (R), District 62nd
Representative John Bizon was elected to serve the 62nd District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. He's practiced medicine for the last 37 years. He’s the immediate past president of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS). Bizon received his bachelors of science from Michigan State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude of the Honors College. He went on to his doctorate from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Appropriations, Health Policy. Subcommittees: Department of Community Health (VC), Community Colleges (VC), Transportation.

Edward Canfield

Representative Edward Canfield (R), District 84
Representative Edward Canfield was elected to the Michigan House in 2014 and represents Michigan’s 84th House District, which comprises Huron and Tuscola counties. He has a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Lake Superior State College, and a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Michigan State University. He is a board certified family physician. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Appropriations. Subcommittees: Transportation (C), Agriculture, Department of Community Health, Corrections, Education.

Laura Cox

Representative Laura Cox (R), District 19
Representative Laura Cox was elected to serve the 19th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014 in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing residents of Livonia. Cox is a two-time graduate of Michigan State University receiving a bachelors in Criminal Justice and a masters in Criminal Justice Research and Planning. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Appropriations. Subcommittees: General Government (C), Judiciary (VC), Department of Community Health, Higher Education.

Mike Callton

Representative Mike Callton (R), House District 87
Representative Mike Callton was elected to the Michigan House in 2010 and represents the residents of Barry County and part of Ionia County, including the townships of Boston, Campbell, Danby, Keene, Lyons, North Plains, Odessa, Orange, Portland, Sebewa, part of Berlin Township, and the city of Portland. Callton earned a biology degree from Michigan State University in 1981, and his Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine from the National University of Health Sciences in 1989. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Health Policy (C), Commerce, Education, Financial Services.

Jon Hoadley

Representative Jon Hoadley (D), District 60th
Representative Jon Hoadley was elected to serve the 60th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. Hoadley is a graduate of Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Appropriations, Elections. Subcommittees: Agriculture (VC), Judiciary (VC), Higher Education.

Bradford Jacobsen

Representative Bradford Jacobsen (R), District 46
Representative Bradford Jacobsen was elected to the Michigan House in 2010 and represents of northern Oakland County, including Oxford, Orion, Addison, Brandon, Groveland, Rose, and Holly townships, and the villages of Oxford, Lake Orion, Leonard, Ortonville, and Holly. Jacobsen received his bachelor's degree in social economic policy from James Madison College at Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Communications & Technology (C), Government Operations (C), Elections, Energy, Transportation.

Joel Johnson

Representative Joel Johnson (R), District 97
Representative Joel Johnson was elected in November 2010 to the Michigan House to represent the residents of Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, and part of Osceola County, including the city of Evart and the townships of Evart, Hersey, Highland, Marion, Middle Branch, Orient, Osceola, Sherman, and Sylvan. Johnson earned a degree in agricultural business management from Michigan State University and is a former FFA chapter president. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Workforce & Talent Development (C), Agriculture, Commerce, Judiciary.

Dan Lauwers

Representative Dan Lauwers (R), District 81
State Representative Dan Lauwers was elected to serve the 81st District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2012. The 81st District encompasses parts of St. Clair County including Lynn, Berlin, Emmett, Brockway, Greenwood, Grant, Clay, Clyde, Port Huron, St. Clair, East China, China, Cottreville and Mussey Townships as well as the cities of Yale, St. Clair, Marine, Marysville and Algonac. Lauwers earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics with an emphasis on marketing from Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Agriculture (C), Regulatory Reform, Transportation, Workforce & Talent Development.

Tom Leonard

Representative Tom Leonard (R), District 93
Representative Tom Leonard was elected to serve the 93rd District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2012. The district encompasses Clinton County and portions of Gratiot County, including the city of Ithaca and the townships of Sumner, Arcada, New Haven, North Shade, Newark, Fulton, Washington, North Star, Elba, Hamilton, Lafayette, and Wheeler. Leonard graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish from the University of Michigan and went on to earn his law degree from the MSU College of Law. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Insurance (C)

Frank Liberati

Representative Frank Liberati (D), District 13th
Representative Frank Liberati was elected to serve the 13th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014, which includes Allen Park, Dearborn Heights and a small part of Southgate. Representative Liberati received his bachelors degree from Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Families, Health Policy, Workforce & Talent Development.

Derek Miller

Representative Derek Miller (D), District 28th
Representative Derek Miller was elected to serve the 28th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. Representative Miller received his bachelors in Political Science from Michigan State University. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Energy, Insurance.

Jeremy Moss

Representative Jeremy Moss (D), District 35
Representative Jeremy Moss is serving his first term in the Michigan House. Moss serves the residents of the 35th House District, which includes the city Southfield, Lathrup Village, Southfield Township, and the villages of Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, and Franklin. He graduated with high honors from Michigan State University with a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Local Government (VC), Commerce, Regulatory Reform.

Dave Pagel

Representative Dave Pagel (R), District 78
Representative Dave Pagel was elected to serve the 78th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2012. The district encompasses portions of Berrien and Cass counties, including the cities of Niles, New Buffalo, and Buchanan, and the townships of Three Oaks, Chikaming, Weesaw, Baroda, Bertrand, Oronoko, Sodus, Pipestone, Berrien, Buchanan, Niles, Galien, Silver Creek, Howard, Milton, and Ontwa. Pagel has a bachelor's degree in agricultural business from Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Corrections (C), Agriculture, Judiciary, School Aid.

Amanda Price

Representative Amanda Price (R), District 89
Representative Amanda Price was elected to serve the 89th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2010. Her Ottawa County district includes the townships of Grand Haven, Olive, Park, Port Sheldon, Robinson, Blendon, Crockery, and Spring Lake, and the cities of Ferrysburg and Grand Haven. Price is a graduate of Michigan State University, the Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia, and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Education (C), Local Government (VC), Communications & Technology, Joint Committee On Administrative Rules, Workforce & Talent Development.

Sam Singh

Representative Sam Singh (D), District 69
Representative Sam Singh was elected to serve the 69th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2012, which includes East Lansing, Haslett, Okemos, Williamstown Township, and Locke Township. Singh has a bachelor's degree in history from Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Appropriations, Government Operations. Subcommittees: Higher Education (VC), Agriculture, General Government.

Henry Vaupel

Representative Henry Vaupel (R), District 47th
Representative Henry Vaupel was elected to serve the 47th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. Vaupel received his bachelors and doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University and serves as an adjunct professor with MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Health Policy (VC), Agriculture, Families, Insurance.

Michael Webber

Representative Michael Webber (R), District 45th
Representative Michael Webber was elected to serve the 45th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014, which includes Rochester, Rochester Hills, and part of Oakland Township. Webber received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Criminal Justice (VC), Government Operations (VC), Energy, Insurance, Tax Policy.

Ken Yonker

Representative Ken Yonker (R), District 72
Representative Ken Yonker was elected to the Michigan House in November 2010. He represents the 72nd District, which includes Dorr Township, Leighton Township, Wayland City and Wayland Township in Allegan County, as well as Gaines Township and Kentwood City in Kent County. Yonker graduated from College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Institute of Agricultural Technology at Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Education, Health Policy, Regulatory Reform, Tax Policy, Transportation.

Adam Zemke

Representative Adam Zemke (D), District 55
Representative Adam Zemke was elected to serve the 55th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2012, which includes the northern part of the city of Ann Arbor, a portion of the city of Milan, and the townships of Ann Arbor, Augusta, Pittsfield, and York. Zemke holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. Learn more.

Standing Committees: Education (VC), Appropriations. Subcommittees: Joint Capital Outlay (VC), School Aid.

 

 

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