People ask me why I want to run for state representative and what qualifications I have.
My response is honest and straightforward: I am tired of career politicians in Lansing and Washington telling us what to do and how to do it. It is time to send people to Lansing who have actually worked with their hands and run a successful business. We need less control from the central government and more local control.
I have been self-employed for the past 30 years building custom homes. As such, I have employed dozens of tradesmen and sub-contractors. Together, we have brought millions of dollars into the local economy. I've always met payroll and have never gone unpaid for a job, an unheard-of accomplishment in the construction industry.
I am committed to our students? education, our environment and our economy. These three E's are intimately connected, and we don't have to sacrifice one for the other. As an example, the Newaygo County Fire and Command Board, of which I have been a member since the 1990's, has been able to reduce the millage on the taxpayers in the fire district while being able to provide better service.
I want to take these approaches to Lansing to begin Building a Better Michigan. We can and must do more to promote responsible fiscal policy, protect our environment and natural resources, and return local control to local governments and schools.
Born in Fremont in 1957, Jon Bumstead is a lifelong resident of the Newaygo area. The youngest of three children of Wayne and Jean Bumstead, Jon has one daughter named Jona. Jon's extended family has lived and worked in the Newaygo area since the mid 1800s. He is a third-generation member of the Newaygo United Methodist church.
Jon was one of the first members of the Building Trades program offered through the Vocational Education program at what is now the Career Tech Educational Center in Fremont.
Upon graduation, he began his own construction firm, and over the last 30 years Bumstead Construction has built and remodeled many homes, and been involved in numerous other construction projects. His firm is known for its reliability and excellent work. Those who have hired his firm know Jon's handshake and word are his bond. Jon has employed many workers, tradesmen and subcontractors during over the years, bringing millions of dollars into the local economy.
Jon has always been very active in the community. He was a charter member of the Newaygo Jaycees, and has been a member of the Newaygo Chamber of Commerce, the Brooks Township Planning Commission, the Michigan Home Builders Association, the Newaygo County Building Review Board, and the Newaygo Area Fire and Rescue Command Board. He has also served as a volunteer firefighter. Jon has been a longtime member and is past President of Safari Club International, is a life member of the NRA, and is a member of Right to Life of Michigan.
Jon Bumstead is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 100th District since January 1, 2011.
Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012