Biographical Information

Born: May 30, 1981
Marital Status: Married
Spouse/Partner: Sarah
Children: Helen, Eddie, Etta, Kenny Jack, and Edee
Education: Graduated from Norway High School; bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Social Studies Education from Northern Michigan University.
Employment/Military Record: Dairy farmer
Religion: Baptist

Governmental Leadership (Elected or Appointed)

Senate (1/1/2019 - 12/31/2026)
House (1/1/2011 - 12/31/2016)

Elections and Political Participation

Michigan Senate 38th District 2022
General Vote: 74,639 of 119,932 (62%)
Primary Vote: 24,345 of 31,444 (77%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: ABC of Michigan PAC; County Road Association of Michigan Roads+ PAC (primary); Detroit Regional Chamber PAC (primary); Michigan Chamber of Commerce; Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPAC; Michigan Freedom Network; Michigan Manufacturers Association; Michigan Nurses Association (primary); Michigan Realtors; Michigan Retailers Association; National Federation of Independent Business-Michigan; Right to Life of Michigan PAC

Michigan Senate 38th District 2018
General Vote: 49,290 of 98,521 (50%)
Primary Vote: 16,315 of 23,538 (69%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Right to Life of Michigan (blanket endorsement), Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Citizens for Traditional Values, Michigan Nurses Association

Michigan House 108th District 2014
General Vote: 16,926 of 28,347 (59%)
Primary Vote: 6,260 of 6,260 (100%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Michigan Milk Producers Association, Small Biz PAC, Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPAC, 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 108th District 2012
General Vote: 22,396 of 41,049 (54%)
Primary Vote: 4,599 of 4,599 (100%)
Campaign Finance Reports

Michigan House 108th District 2010
General Vote: 17,734 of 29,606 (59%)
Primary Vote: 3,139 of 7,779 (40%)

Committee Assignments
Key Legislative Staff
Paul Burns, Chief of Staff
Thomas McNamee, Legislative Director
Linda Pfotenhauer, Constituent Services Director
Wayne Schmidt, District Manager
Jake Putala, District Representative

Sponsored Legislation
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Prisoner Productivity Credits
SR 92
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