Born and raised in northern Michigan
As a county girl growing up in northern Michigan, I was raised in a Christian home with God-fearing parents who taught me the values of faith and hard work. My first job was collecting eggs on our neighbor’s poultry farm, I earned .02 cents per flat of eggs.
My father, who never finished high school, proved to us that through hard work you can achieve the American dream. His mechanical contracting business is now one of the largest in Northern Michigan. I worked in the business office of my father’s company and realized his work ethic and family values were the path to a good life.
Along the way, I knew it was important to give back, the way I watched my parents do so graciously. I have held a variety of volunteer positions: served as Treasurer and President of the Chamber of Commerce; appointed Vice Chair of the Wexford County Republican Party; elected City of Manton, Mayor; and participated in many other nonprofit organizations, with a strong passion for working with veterans.
As a State Representative, I voted to cut taxes, supported the Second Amendment by introducing legislation which included constitutional carry, and voted to lower car insurance rates. I also led the fight that made female genital mutilation a crime in Michigan, which gave Michigan the only “A” rating in the nation by the AHA Foundation for best policy. I currently chair the House Communications and Technology Committee, and serve as vice-chair of the Regulatory Reform Committee.
Candidate for State Senate, 36th District