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+ − Biography
Michigan State Senator John Moolenaar is using his lifetime of experience to help revitalize Michigan’s economy and create well-paying jobs.
Moolenaar was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010 to represent the 36th District, which includes Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Otsego counties.
Moolenaar chairs the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee and serves as vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he chairs the Department of Community Health subcommittee. He also serves on the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee and the Senate Redistricting Committee, and he is a member of the Capital Outlay and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development appropriation subcommittees.
In 2011, Moolenaar was named Legislator of the Year by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan for working to create fair and open competition, standing up for independent contractors and protecting taxpayer dollars.
Moolenaar is a graduate of Herbert Henry Dow High School in Midland. After earning his degree in Chemistry from Hope College, he went on to receive a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Moolenaar served on the Midland City Council and in the state House representing Michigan’s 98th District. In both capacities, he worked to keep taxes down and strengthen the business climate.
During his three terms in the House of Representatives, Moolenaar served on the Education; Energy & Technology; and Appropriations committees. On Appropriations, he chaired the subcommittee on School Aid and the Department of Education and was vice chair of the Department of Environmental Quality subcommittee.
As a state representative, Moolenaar was named Legislator of the Year in 2004 by the Michigan Townships Association and was a recipient of the 2004 Silver Plow Award from the Michigan Farm Bureau. He received the honors in recognition of his leadership and hard work to establish a groundwater resolution process.
Before entering the Senate, Moolenaar worked as director of business development for MITECH+ and at Dow Chemical, where he helped develop new product markets. As the director of the Small Business Center at Middle Michigan Development Corporation, he worked to improve the local business climate and to attract jobs to the region. Moolenaar also served in the educational sector as the school administrator at the Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies and taught several classes at Saginaw Valley State University.
Moolenaar and his wife Amy reside in Midland and have six children.
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