In January of 2015, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof began his second term in the Michigan Senate as leader of a 27-member Senate Republican supermajority.
Senator Meekhof was first elected to serve the 30th Senate District in November 2010 and assumed office in January 2011. He was chosen by his Republican colleagues to serve as majority floor leader for the 2011-2014 term, where he represents the Republican majority on the Senate floor, expediting legislative proceedings through parliamentary procedures such as motions, communications and points of order.
Prior to becoming senator, Meekhof served four years in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 89th District from 2007-2010. During that time, Arlan was selected to his first leadership post midway through his first term, and was elevated to the position of assistant leader in January 2009.
State Senator Darwin Booher was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010 representing the 35th District, which includes Benzie, Clare, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mecosta, Missaukee, Osceola, Roscommon, and Wexford counties.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Booher served three terms in the Michigan House. He was first elected in 2004 to represent residents of Osceola, Mecosta and Wexford counties. Booher served on the House Appropriations Committee for his entire career in House, serving as caucus chair on subcommittees for community colleges, natural resources, special governmental operations, and the House Banking and Financial Services Committee.
In 2003, Jack Brandenburg began his legislative career. Serving three terms in the House of Representatives, Jack quickly received leadership positions within the State legislature and proved his ability to translate the needs of his constituents into action.
Prior to his legislative career, Jack Brandenburg earned a degree in Business Administration from Ashland University in 1974. Shortly after graduation, Jack moved to Michigan where he then started his own company, Blue Water Industrial Supply. The company began in the trunk of Jack’s car and now does business with railroad companies across the United States. Jack understands the needs of the people in his district and is in a strong leadership position to create solutions.
Tom Casperson served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate. The 38th District includes 13 of the Upper Peninsula’s 15 counties, making it bigger geographically than 9 states.
Prior to being elected to the legislature, Casperson worked for 27 years in his family’s log trucking business, including 12 years as its owner and operator. That business, Casperson & Son Trucking, was started by his grandfather.
Patrick Colbeck is currently serving his second term in elected office as the State Senator for Michigan's 7th District. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering as well as a graduate of the Life Sciences Department of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He has over 20 years of engineering and management experience in a variety of industries, including engineering responsibility for key elements of the Life Support System for the International Space Station, instruction of students at Space Camp, program management leadership for an advanced training and simulation system for the Department of Defense, and running his own small business.
Senator Judy Emmons is a mid-Michigan native, fifth generation farmer, mother of three, and grandmother of three. The senator serves more than 250,000 constituents in the 33rd Senate District which includes five counties: Clare, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm.
Senator Emmons has a broad-based record of community service, including three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives where she served two years as majority vice-chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, and two years as minority vice-chair of the Military Affairs, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee and also the Higher Education Committee.
Senator Green has been elected by his peers as a leader of legislative caucus groups dedicated to protecting the rights of Michigan gun owners, hunters, anglers and trappers. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Second Amendment Caucus, Senate Chair of the Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, and as an elected member of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Executive Council.
Prior to his election to the Senate, he owned and operated a successful small business, Green’s Log Rails and Custom Log Furniture, from 2003-2010, and served in the Michigan House from 1995-2001.
Senator Goeff Hansen is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Michigan families and working in a bipartisan manner to help stimulate job growth, protect valuable local jobs, keep sex offenders out of classrooms, and establish high standards in education.
Hansen learned the value of hard work starting in high school, when he started working at his family’s grocery business more than 30 years ago. He was co-owner and partner of Hansen Foods. Goeff’s community involvement includes 20 years as a first responder, EMT and firefighter – as well as numerous local government, civic and education-related positions.
Before running for the State Senate, Hildenbrand served as a state representative, chief of staff for Senator Bill Hardiman, deputy chief of staff for Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus and as an agriculture policy advisor for Governor John Engler. Now in his second State Senate term, Hildenbrand currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Dave was born in Grand Rapids and is the youngest of six children. He graduated as valedictorian from Lowell High School and worked on a neighboring dairy farm to pay his way through college. Dave has a Bachelor of Science in Public Resource Management from Michigan State University.
An avid outdoorsman, Dave loves to hunt, fish and experience Michigan’s great outdoors.
Ken Horn has lived in Saginaw County for over 30 years. He currently lives in Frankenmuth with his wife Veronica. They have two children, Kevin and Andrea. Kevin and his wife Ruth have one child, Liam. Ken graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.
Ken was a small business owner for nearly 15 years, owning and operating Horn’s Restaurant in Frankenmuth. In addition, he has served as a substitute teacher in Bridgeport and Frankenmuth schools. In 2004, Ken accepted the position of Vice President of Donor Services at the Saginaw Community Foundation where he managed over 300 funds and oversaw nearly $1.2 million in grant programs.
State Sen. Joe Hune was elected to serve the 22nd Senate District in November 2010 and assumed office in January 2011.
Prior to joining the Senate, Hune served six years as state Representative of the 47th District. He became the youngest serving member of the Michigan Legislature when he was first elected in 2002 at the age of 22.
Before entering elected office, Joe owned and operated an agribusiness in his hometown of Fowlerville, MI, and he continues to raise livestock and exotic animals on the family farm. He also served as a journal clerk and Page in the statehouse, was a real estate agent and judged livestock.
State Senator Rick Jones was first elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010 to represent the residents of the 24th District.
Jones began service in the Legislature after being elected in 2004 to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004 representing residents of Eaton County in the 71st District. He was reelected in 2006 and 2008. While in the House, Jones served on the House’s Judiciary and Regulatory Reform committees and as minority vice-chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee.
State Senator Marty Knollenberg has been an Oakland County resident for his entire life. He attended Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills public schools, and currently lives in Troy with his wife Lori and two step-daughters, Lindsey and Lorrin. Knollenberg is a graduate of Albion College and has been a small business owner for 27 years.
He was first elected to public office in 2003, serving as a county commissioner representing the cities of Troy and Rochester Hills, where he served on the Finance, General Government and Building and Planning committees.
Serving his second term, Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010. The lawmaker served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002 and most recently was the supervisor of White Lake Township.
Before joining the Legislature, Kowall was president of Accurate Woodworking, Inc., a family-owned business, and served on White Lake Township Planning Commission for nine years. A Michigan native, Kowall graduated from Henry Ford High School in Detroit and later attended Oakland Community College.
Peter MacGregor was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2014 and assumed office in January 2015. He is the vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Chairman of the Department of Human Services Appropriations subcommittee. Senator MacGregor also serves on the Higher Education, Department of Environmental Quality, and Capital Outlay appropriation subcommittees.
Prior to joining the Senate, Peter served four years in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 73rd district. Peter also served as a Cannon Township Planning Commissioner, Township Trustee and Township Supervisor.
Elected to the Michigan Senate in 2010, Senator Jim Marleau represents the majority of northern Oakland County’s residents. Prior to his election to the Senate, Marleau served as a leading conservative in the Michigan House of Representatives and as Orion Townships “frugal” Township Treasurer. Marleau retired from a career in business and as a small business owner prior to serving in public office.
As a state legislator, Marleau has worked diligently to reduce government spending, remove burdensome impediments to job providers, and create a more transparent state government.
Senator Mike Nofs was recently re-elected by the citizens of the 19th Senate district for his second full term.
Senator Nofs has a distinguished, 30-year career in law enforcement which includes service at the city, county and state level. He retired in 2002 as Battle Creek Post Commander after serving 25 years with the Michigan State Police. This service led to his being named Chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee during his first term in office – one of only three freshman to receive a committee chairmanship.
State Senator Margaret O’Brien was recently elected to represent the 20th Senate District, which includes all of Kalamazoo County, in November 2014. She was chosen by her colleagues to serve in a leadership position as Assistant President Pro Tempore and is deeply honored to represent the residents of Kalamazoo.For the 2015-16 legislative term, O’Brien will serve as Chairwoman of the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Homeland Security committee.
Previously, she served two terms in the State House of Representatives, representing the 61st House district from 2010-2014. She was unanimously selected both terms to the position of Associate Speaker Pro Tempore and frequently chaired the House proceedings.
The Thumb has always been Phil Pavlov’s home. It’s where he raised his family and ran a small business.
A St. Clair Township native, Senator Pavlov graduated from St. Clair High School and studied business administration at St. Clair Community College before joining the family transportation business. For fourteen years, he owned and operated his family’s successful small business, Dexter Equipment Company.
In 2001, voters elected Pavlov to the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners, where he chaired the Environmental and Public Affairs Committee. He then completed three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, with significant leadership roles and legislative accomplishments. He was elected State Senator in 2010 and again in 2014.
State Senator John Proos recently was re-elected to the Michigan Senate to represent the 21st district of Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph Counties. He served as State Representative of the 79th district from 2005 through 2010. Sen. Proos resides in St. Joseph with his wife Kristy and three children, Elena, Jack and Nora.
Proos has previously worked on the staff of Congressman Fred Upton serving in several different capacities, including deputy chief of staff and district director. Proos also worked as vice president of Heritage Homes Inc. of Michigan in Berrien County.
Senator Dave Robertson has been at the forefront of many of the issues that have defined Michigan in more than 20 years of public service.
He was first elected to the Legislature in 1990 and was an early advocate of property tax relief, having participated in the legislative battles culminating in the passage of Proposal A. He returned to the Michigan House after the 2002 election and served until 2008.
Dave has been a consistent and passionate advocate for lower taxes, smaller government, and pro-growth policies. He understands that the key to growing Michigan’s economy is in cutting excessive regulations, standing up for property rights, and harnessing the power of our entrepreneurial spirit.
Senator Tory Rocca is an independent voice for the citizens of Macomb County, not beholden to special interests. Rocca has spent his career fighting for Michigan workers and job providers.
Rocca was first elected to the Michigan Senate in 2010. Previously, Rocca served three terms in the House of Representatives. He was elected State Representative in 2004 and because of his background and expertise in business and law he was the only freshman to be appointed chairman of a standing policy committee in the Michigan House during the 93rd Legislature.
Schmidt attended the University of Chicago, majoring in economics and public policy and is a graduate of the Michigan State University Political Leadership Program.
Schmidt served as general manager of the Captain’s Quarters men’s clothing store in Traverse City, and was elected five times to the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners. On the commission he had terms as vice chair and chair of the board.
Raised on a family farm in Antwerp Township, Tonya has been a lifelong resident of southwest Michigan. She is married to Steve and together they are raising their two children, Jordan and Savina.
Serving her first term, Tonya was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010, following three terms in the House of Representatives. She was chosen by her Senate colleagues to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, only the second woman in Michigan’s history to hold this position.
Shirkey earned a bachelor’s degree from General Motors Institute (GMI) in 1978, and a master of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1979.
Mike is the founder and owner of Orbitform, a leading engineering company that manufactures forming, fastening, joining and assembly equipment for a wide range of industries and applications. The company provides world-class prototype engineering services for assembly of parts and specialized forming and fastening. Mike also worked for General Motors in various management and engineering roles for 13 years.
State Senator Jim Stamas was elected to his first term in the Michigan Senate in November 2014, representing Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle counties.
Stamas has been elected to be the Assistant Majority Floor Leader for the 98th Legislature.
Stamas holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University and an associate’s degree in business management from Delta College.
Zorn works with his brother Dean at the family owned automotive business, Zorn’s Service Inc., which was opened in 1953 by their father, Ivan Zorn. Before being elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, Zorn served Raisinville Township for 10 years and then for the past 20 years he served as a Monroe County commissioner, including four years as chairman. During his time on the county commission, Zorn worked to reorganize the Monroe County Economic Development Corporation and created the Monroe First program that assists existing and new business development in Monroe County. Under Zorn’s financial leadership, the county reduced expenditures by $15 million in a three-year period.