Current Candidate Information

Biographical Information

Born: March 5, 1954 in Grand Rapids
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Jim De Boer
Children: Eric, Maria, and Jordan
Education: Eighteen-Hour Teaching Certificate (toward Master's Degree) 1983 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; B.A. Degree in Secondary Education 1976 Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI English Major, Music Minor
Employment/Military Record: Assistant Director: She Leads Michigan and She Leads America, 2020-present Strategic Development. Co-hosts broadcasts for women of faith across the state and nation; Radio Talk Show Host and Producer (1260 The Pledge), 2013-2015; Co-Founder and Executive Director of West Michigan Character Council, 2002-2017; High School Teacher - English teacher at Holland Christian High School, 1978-1983; English teacher at Calvin Christian Middle School, 1977-1978; Language Arts teacher at Randolph Christian Schools, 1976-1977
Community Activities: Editorial Board of the FreshAire publication of Evergreen Commons , 2021- present; Mellon Foundation Grant Committee Member of Hope College, 2020-present; Served on the following committees and boards (2005 - 2019) Community Development Committee, Windmill Island Strategic Planning and Business Committees, Parks and Recreation Committee, Holland in Bloom Committee, Farmer's Market Committee, Civic Center Committee, Holland Energy Labeling Committee, and the Holland Youth Advisory Committee. Graduate of Leadership Holland, 2013 Trainer in Individual Gifts profiles for local non-profit ministries, 1998-2017; Church Personnel Committee Member, 1980-2018
Religion: Protestant, Christian

Governmental Leadership (Elected or Appointed)

House (1/1/2023 - 12/31/2024)
Other Offices: Mayor of the City of Holland 2015 - 2019; Holland City Council member (at-large) 2005 - 2015

Elections and Political Participation

Michigan House 86th District 2022
General Vote: 22,091 of 39,313 (56%)
Primary Vote: 8,581 of 13,794 (62%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: ABC of Michigan PAC; County Road Association of Michigan Roads+ PAC (primary); Detroit Regional Chamber PAC (primary); Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPAC; Michigan Freedom Network (primary); Michigan Manufacturers Association; National Federation of Independent Business-Michigan (primary); Small Business Association of Michigan (primary)

Political Activities: Board of Trustees of the Michigan Municipal League (MML) 2018-2019; Hosted the state conference for all mayors and city managers in Michigan (MML), 2017

Committee Assignments
Key Legislative Staff
Jake Jelsema, Legislative Aide/Policy Services
jjelsema@house.mi.gov
David Andrusiak, Legislative Aide/Constituent Services
dandrusiak@house.mi.gov

Sponsored Legislation
HB 4092
School Safety
HB 4115
Health Professionals - Doula
HB 4615
Child Development Supplmental
HB 5660
School Safety Commission
HB 5676
Economic Development
HB 5808
Income Tax Credit
HR 205
Month Designation
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