Patricia Birkholz

Biographical Information

Born: January 28, 1944 in Fennville
Marital Status: single
Children: three children
Education: Pursuing master's degree in public administration from WMU; bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University
Employment/Military Record: Former manager of small business; former teacher specializing in child development services
Community Activities: Former president of Allegan Rotary, member and past chair of State Parks Advisory Board; appointed by governor to Foundation for Michigan State Parks; former member of Saugatuck Township Park and Recreation Commission; member of Allegan County ISD Math and Science Advisory Board; sponsor of local Habitat for Humanity Weekend Build

Governmental Leadership (Elected or Appointed)

Department of Environmental Quality, Director, Office of the Great Lakes (3/13/2011 - 10/15/2012)
Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Director, Office of the Great Lakes (1/3/2011 - 12/13/2012)
Senate (1/1/2003 - 12/31/2010)
Senate President Pro Tempore (1/1/2003 - 12/31/2006)
Other Offices: Former member of state House (1997-2002), former Allegan County treasurer (1991-96) and township trustee

Elections and Political Participation

Michigan Senate 24th District 2006
General Vote: 64,540 of 110,986 (58%)
Primary Vote: 22,244 of 22,244 (100%)
Campaign Finance Reports

Michigan Senate 24th District 2002
General Vote: 57,906 of 90,076 (64%)
Primary Vote: 12,024 of 24,814 (48%)

Political Activities: Former member of district staff for U.S. Rep. Fred Upton

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