Barb Anness

Biographical Information

Born: June 29, 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Tim Anness
Children: M. Anness, W. Anness
Education: Barb was born and raised in Cincinnati, where she attended the University of Cincinnati School of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, from Sept. 1988 - May of 1991. Barb graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science/Graphic Design.
Employment/Military Record: After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Barb and her husband Tim moved to San Diego, where Barb began her design career. Her first position was Graphic Designer with Harcourt Brace Jovonovich, Inc., (November 1991-August 1992). Barb advanced to Project Manager/Graphic Design at McCulley Design Group, Inc., a multidisciplinary firm for graphic, interior and product design, also in San Diego (August 1992- February 1995).
Community Activities: Barb is a member of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. She is involved with Rochester area Meals on Wheels, Paint Creek Center for the Arts and Rochester Area Neighborhood House.
Religion: Christian

Governmental Leadership (Elected or Appointed)

Other Offices: Barb is a Trustee for Rochester Community Schools Board of Education. She was tapped to fill a position on the board in 2017 and won re-election the following year. She is the Rochester Community Schools board representative to the Oakland County School Board Association Governmental Affairs Committee.

Elections and Political Participation

Michigan House 45th District 2020
General Vote: 26,604 of 55,831 (47%)
Primary Vote: 7,314 of 12,849 (56%)

Political Activities: Running for state representative is a prudent next step for Barb Anness -- a public servant with real life experience, who has spent more than 17 years in leadership positions, advocating on behalf of Rochester families. Beginning when her eldest child entered public school, and while growing a small business, Barb took on positions with the local school PTA, first as Vice-President and then as President. Of particular note is Barb's advocacy role in the Citizen's Committee, where she and her colleagues successfully championed the passage of the 2014 school millage renewal and the 2015 bond proposal. Leadership positions with Michigan PTA on the board of directors followed, and she currently holds the position of Federal Legislative Chair for Michigan PTA. This role bring her to Washington D.C. annually, where Barb meets with our state's congressional leaders, to advocate for all of Michigan's children.

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