Senate Minority Leader Aric Nesbitt

(R-Porter Township)
12 Years
Senate District 20
S-105 C
Official Website

Biographical Information

Born: January 25, 1980 in Kalamazoo
Marital Status: Married
Spouse/Partner: Trisha
Children: Catherine, William
Education: Lawton High School; Attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College; B.A. in Economics from Hillsdale College; Master's degree in International Business from the Norwegian School of Economics
Employment/Military Record: U.S. House of Representatives page; Aide to Tom George in the State House and Senate; State Coalitions Manager for Americans for Tax Reform; Legislative Director/Senior Advisor in the U.S. House of Representatives; Lead Republican staff person for the Congressional Steel and Natural Gas Caucus; Commissioner for the Michigan Lottery
Community Activities: Member of the Van Buren County Republican Party, Allegan County Republican Party, Kent County Republican Party, Michigan Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, South Haven Steelheaders, Duck's Unlimited, South Haven Chamber of Commerce, Paw Paw Chamber of Commerce, Allegan Chamber of Commerce, Wayland Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Van Buren County Library, and Board Member of the Lawton Alumni Association.
Religion: Protestant

Governmental Leadership (Elected or Appointed)

Senate Minority Leader (1/1/2023 - 12/31/2024)
Senate President Pro Tempore (1/1/2019 - 12/31/2022)
Senate (1/1/2019 - 12/31/2026)
House Majority Floor Leader (1/1/2015 - 12/31/2016)
House (1/1/2011 - 12/31/2016)

Elections and Political Participation

Michigan Senate 20th District 2022
General Vote: 69,316 of 113,719 (60%)
Primary Vote: 24,691 of 36,716 (67%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: ABC of Michigan PAC; County Road Association of Michigan Roads+ PAC (primary); Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce PAC; Great Lakes Education Project; Michigan Chamber of Commerce; Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPAC; Michigan Freedom Network; Michigan Manufacturers Association; Michigan Realtors; Michigan Retailers Association; National Federation of Independent Business-Michigan; Property Management Association of Michigan PAC (primary); Right to Life of Michigan PAC

Michigan Senate 26th District 2018
General Vote: 61,509 of 108,332 (56%)
Primary Vote: 16,529 of 32,349 (51%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Right to Life of Michigan (blanket endorsement with all Republican candidates), Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Farm Bureau, County Road Association of Michigan, Small Business Association of Michigan, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Citizens for Traditional Values

Michigan House 66th District 2014
General Vote: 15,753 of 27,399 (57%)
Primary Vote: 5,498 of 5,498 (100%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Michigan Milk Producers Association, Small Biz PAC, Michigan Manufacturers Association, Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPAC, Great Lakes Education Project, Right to Life of Michigan, Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors, National Federation of Independent Business, Michigan Townships Association Political Action Committee, Michigan Bankers Association PAC, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

Michigan House 66th District 2012
General Vote: 22,997 of 39,273 (58%)
Primary Vote: 8,727 of 8,727 (100%)
Campaign Finance Reports

Michigan House 80th District 2010
General Vote: 15,492 of 24,120 (64%)
Primary Vote: 5,458 of 10,846 (50%)

Political Activities: Former Van Buren County GOP Executive Committee Member; Campaign Volunteer for Former Reps. Mick and Mary Middaugh; Campaign Coordinator for Tom George for State House (2000); Campaign Manager for Tom George for State Senate (2002); Republican Precinct Delegate and Delegate to the Michigan Republican State Convention; Volunteer on numerous local, state, and national political campaigns

Committee Assignments
Government Operations Committee
Minority Vice Chair
Key Legislative Staff
Madelyn Omietanski, Republican General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor
Ryan Studley, Legislative Director
Jeffrey Wiggins, Press Secretary and Senior Advisor
Stephen Rajzer, Director of Strategy
Joshua Przygocki, District Director
Emma Method, Constituent Relations
Noah Kitzman, Staff Assistant and Constituent Relations
Jodi Dorer, Scheduler

Sponsored Legislation
SB 710
Educational Scholarships
SR 55
Month Designation
SR 77
Independent Retailers Week
SR 82
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