We find ourselves at a crossroads. Michigan's economy is in dire need of repair. It's time for elected officials in Lansing to get down to the business of building a new Michigan.
Here are the priorities I will fight for in Lansing:
* Promoting job growth
* Eliminating wasteful spending
* Keeping government out of the way
Like you, my wife and I want our children to have opportunities to work and raise their families in Michigan. I will make sure your voice is heard when it comes to decisions regarding limited state resources. I will work to keep your taxes low. I will use the experience I have gained preserving and protecting jobs to make Michigan a better place for families, employees, employers.
As your next State Senator, I will fight for northern Michigan. I will work every day to earn, and keep, your trust. I am committed to building a new Michigan.
Born and raised in Midland, John and his wife, Amy, have six children and currently reside in Midland.
After earning his degree in Chemistry from Hope College, he went on to receive a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University.
John began his professional career at Dow Chemical Company as a Chemist/Industry Specialist developing new markets for products. Later, as the Director of the Small Business Center at Middle Michigan Development Corporation, John Moolenaar worked to improve the local business climate and to attract jobs to the region. John has continued his commitment to job growth, retention and development while serving as Director of Business Development for MITECH+ promoting economic and workforce development for the region.
John Moolenaar has served in the educational sector as the school administrator at the Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies. John has also taught several classes at Saginaw Valley State University.
Prior to his time in Lansing, he has served in many civic positions, including being a member of the Midland City Council and chairman for the Midland County Republican Party. Moolenaar also served as an assistant to state Sen. Bill Schuette.
Moolenaar was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010 to represent the 36th District, which includes Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Otsego counties.
Moolenaar chairs the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee and serves as vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he chairs the Department of Community Health subcommittee. He also serves on the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee and the Senate Redistricting Committee, and he is a member of the Capital Outlay and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development appropriation subcommittees.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Moolenaar served on the Midland City Council and in the state House representing Michigan’s 98th District. In both capacities, he worked to keep taxes down and strengthen the business climate.
During his three terms in the House of Representatives, Moolenaar served on the Education; Energy & Technology; and Appropriations committees. On Appropriations, he chaired the subcommittee on School Aid and the Department of Education and was vice chair of the Department of Environmental Quality subcommittee.
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In 2011, Moolenaar was named Legislator of the Year by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan for working to create fair and open competition, standing up for independent contractors and protecting taxpayer dollars. As a state representative, Moolenaar was named Legislator of the Year in 2004 by the Michigan Townships Association and was a recipient of the 2004 Silver Plow Award from the Michigan Farm Bureau. He received the honors in recognition of his leadership and hard work to establish a groundwater resolution process.