Kevin Cotter – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected State Representative District 99, Michigan

Michigan Republican Party
PO Box 1189Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804
(517) 373-6339
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

My name is Kevin Cotter and I am a Republican candidate for State Representative of Michigan's 99th District. The 2010 election is of critical importance, not only for our district, but for the entire state of Michigan. To turn Michigan around, our state government must work hard to get our people back to work and get government spending under control. This will require more than mere representation in Lansing; we need active, intelligent and passionate representation. I look forward to being your next State Representative.

Please visit my site often, as I will continually update it with current news, information on the issues, upcoming events, and more throughout the campaign.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

I am proud to be a life-long resident of the 99th District. I was born and raised in Isabella County and graduated from Shepherd High School in 1995.

I am married to Jennifer and remain in the Mt. Pleasant area.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

I worked for Ryder Integrated Logistics for two years. I was assigned to work on-sight at General Motor's Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly Plant. During this time I coordinated in-bound transportation of automotive parts from around the world. I then returned to Mt. Pleasant where I worked for a local trucking company in the areas of Human Resources and Safety.

In November of 2006 I opened the Law Office of Kevin M. Cotter, PLLC in downtown Mt. Pleasant. During this time I was also a professor at Mid-Michigan Community College. Later in 2007, I merged my practice with J. David Kerr and the Kerr Law Firm, PLLC, also in downtown Mt. Pleasant. Our firm focuses in the areas of Estate Planning, Business Planning and Elder Law. I am also certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans seeking benefits they deserve for the great sacrifices they have made for our country.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

I am a member of the Michigan Bar Association, and section member of the Elder Law & Disability Rights, and the Probate and Estate Planning sections of the State Bar of Michigan. I am the current Vice President of the Isabella County Bar Association, Member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, and member and past Vice President and Programming Director of the Michigan Forum of Estate Planners.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Kevin Cotter is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 99th District since January 1, 2011. Cotter currently serves as the Associate Speaker Pro Tempore.

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012

Elections and Ethics, Vice-chair


Judiciary, Chair

Michigan Competitiveness

Tax Policy

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

I received a bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Administration from Central Michigan University in 1999, followed by a Master of Science in Administration from CMU in 2001.

After earning valuable experience in the business world, I made the decision to go to law school and graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School with a Juris Doctorate degree in 2006. While at Cooley Law School I was on the Dean's List in multiple terms and was also an Associate Editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law.

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