Excerpt:"What happens when we educate the next generations but our local businesses and industries don’t have jobs for them? We need to focus on developing our infrastructure so that we can ensure our youth have jobs that keep them here to raise their families."
Excerpt:" We need to have an infrastructure that can handle the additional needs of new and expanding businesses. The Upper Peninsula electrical grid is running very close to its production capacity."
International Port Strategy
Excerpt:" To make Upper Peninsula business more globally competitive John Kivela has worked with the Department of Homeland Security and the Michigan Governors office to extend Marquette’s International Port Status from the harbor to KI Sawyer Airport."
Kivela and his wife, Sandy, have two children: Shelby, 21, and Andrew, 19. They live in the city of Marquette.
Diploma, Marquette Senior High School, 1987
Kivela worked in the automotive field, first in his family’s auto repair and distributor business, then as the general manager of his local used car dealership.
John has had extensive experience in public service including serving on the Children’s Museum Board, the City of Marquette Boardof Zoning Appeals, and a committee member for the Ishpeming Community Federal Credit Union. He is also a member of the Marquette Rotary Club, the Elks Club, the Marquette County Chapter of the Paisano Club, and the Home Builder’s Association.
He served as mayor of Marquette from 2008 to 2012. He was first elected to the Marquette City Commission in 2006.
Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012