Wayne Schmidt

Biographical Information

Born: October 6, 1966
Marital Status: Married
Spouse/Partner: Kathleen Shannon
Children: Ryan (5), Danny (4)
Education: Traverse City High School, University of Chicago, Michigan Political Leadership Program
Employment/Military Record: Manager of Captain's Quarters Men's Store, Traverse City, MI; Park Place Hotel, Traverse City, MI
Community Activities: Kiwanis Club, Grand Traverse Area Right to Life, Trout Unlimited, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, Kalkaska Area Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area Transit Authority, Grand Traverse Economic Development Authority, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Traverse City Association, Northern Lakes Community Mental Health, Michigan Association of Counties, Grand Vision, National Rifle Association

Governmental Leadership (Elected or Appointed)

Senate Assistant Majority Leader (1/1/2019 - 12/31/2022)
Senate (1/1/2015 - 12/31/2022)
House (1/1/2009 - 12/31/2014)
Other Offices: Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners (5 terms)

Elections and Political Participation

Michigan Senate 37th District 2018
General Vote: 73,338 of 124,414 (58%)
Primary Vote: 27,693 of 34,617 (79%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Right to Life of Michigan, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Freedom Network, Small Business Association of Michigan, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Regional Chamber PAC, National Federation of Independent Business, Citizens for Traditional Values, Michigan Realtors, County Road Association of Michigan

Michigan Senate 37th District 2014
General Vote: 54,981 of 90,012 (61%)
Primary Vote: 19,107 of 34,419 (55%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, Michigan Townships Association, Detroit Regional Chamber, Right to Life of Michigan (sole endorsement for the general election, dual endorsement in the primary), Great Lakes Education Project, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Association of Michigan Small BIZ PAC stamp of approval recommended, Michigan Restaurant Association, Michigan Milk Producers PAC, Grand Traverse County GOP Executive Board, Michigan Bankers Association PAC, Michigan Realtors PAC, County Road Association of Michigan RUSH-PAC, MTA-PAC, MiBankPAC

Michigan House 104th District 2012
General Vote: 26,042 of 46,091 (56%)
Primary Vote: 8,355 of 12,810 (65%)
Campaign Finance Reports

Michigan House 104th District 2010
General Vote: 23,458 of 38,797 (60%)
Primary Vote: 10,713 of 16,577 (64%)

Michigan House 104th District 2008
General Vote: 29,116 of 54,650 (53%)
Primary Vote: 8,652 of 12,356 (70%)
Campaign Finance Reports

Political Activities: Served on many community boards, volunteer for various local campaigns since High School, current vice-chair GT county Republican Party

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