I am honored to have served the 31st District in the Michigan Senate since 2011 and proud to be a part of the team that is reinventing Michigan with common sense conservative values.
In 2010, I said it was time for our state’s leaders to make the tough decisions to get Michigan back on track. I promised to roll up my sleeves and get to work representing your values and your voice in Lansing to help make this happen.
I wanted to make Michigan a place where my five kids and twenty grandkids could live, work and raise a family if they chose, like my generation was able to do.
That is why I ran for the Senate in 2010 and is why I'm running for re-election this year.
Because of bold leadership, Michigan is on track to lead the nation once again.
I have been married to my wife Paula for 47 years. Together we have five adult children, are grandparents to twenty and reside in Mayville, Michigan.
Prior to my election to the Senate in 2010, I owned and operated a successful business, Green’s Log Rails and Custom Log Furniture, from 2003-2010.
From 1995 to 2001 when I was term-limited, I served in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Before serving in the legislature, I was a tool and die maker at General Motors, retiring with 30 years in the skilled trades. While working at GM, I also operated a family farm for 17 years and served my local community as a county commissioner for 8 years.
Current active member of the National Rifle Association, Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, Michigan Farm Bureau, Tuscola County Farm Bureau, Gideons International, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Ducks Unlimited
Past service on the Human Development Commission, Tuscola County Cooperative Extension Board, Region 7 Area Agency on Aging, Tuscola County Health Department Board, Thumb Area Consortium Board, Tuscola County Mental Health Board, Thumb Area Commission on Aging, Tuscola County Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Services Board
State Senator, Michigan Senate - 2011 to Present
State Representative, Michigan House - 1995 to 2001
County Commissioner, Tuscola County - 1985 to 1993
Current member of the following Senate committees:
- Appropriations (Chairman of DEQ, DNR and MDARD Subcommittees)
- Banking and Financial Institutions
- Capital Outlay
- Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes
Co-Chairman, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Chairman, Senate Second Amendment Caucus
Endorsed by NRA (A+ rated), Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, Right to Life of Michigan, Citizens for Traditional Values, Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Association of Michigan, NFIB, Michigan Agri-Business, Farm Bureau, Police Officers Association of Michigan, Attorney General Bill Schuette, Congresswoman Candice Miller, Bay City Mayor Chris Shannon and others.
- Legislator of the Year – Michigan Agri-Business Association (2014)
- Legislator of the Year – Michigan Pharmacists Association (2014)
- Health Care Legislator of the Year – Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians (2014)
- Legislator of the Year – Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners (2013)
- Midwest Heritage Award for Best Sportsmen’s
- Goodrich High School, Graduate - 1966
- General Motors Corporation, Apprenticeship in Tool-and-Die Making - 1969
Michigan has made a lot of progress but there is more work to be done.
Source: Green (10/08/2014)
Although I have and will continue to work on a broad range of issues affecting the people of Michigan, my primary focus will be on jobs and the economy. These three issues are critical to Michigan becoming an economic powerhouse once again:
- Fix Michigan's transportation infrastructure without tax increases to allow for strong economic growth
- Address agriculture infrastructure and energy needs to open the door for substantial growth in agriculture processing
- Provide the most highly-skilled, well-educated workforce in the nation through the K-12 and higher education system to attract job creators to locate or expand in Michigan
While I have served in public office and policy-making roles at the local and state level in various capacities and encourage others to consider public service, the experience most valuable to me as a legislator has been gained as a father, grandfather, skilled tradesman, family farmer and small business owner.
I believe it is important that anyone considering public service understand how their decisions affect Michigan taxpayers, families, workers, business owners and farmers. There is no better way than to have extensive experience in the private sector living under the laws you help create in a public service role.