John Kivela – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected State Representative District 109, Michigan

Michigan Democratic Party
1005 Cleveland AveMarquette, MI 49855
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

Economic Development

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."

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

Kivela and his wife, Sandy, have two children: Shelby, 21, and Andrew, 19. They live in the city of Marquette.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

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.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

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.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

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

Natural Resources


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

Diploma, Marquette Senior High School, 1987

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