State Senator Wayne Schmidt represents the 37th Senate District, which includes the Lower Peninsula counties of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, and Grand Traverse, as well as Chippewa, Mackinac and Luce counties in the Upper Peninsula.
Schmidt serves as chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, vice-chair of Economic Development and International Investment, and is a member of the Agriculture, Insurance, Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, and Legislative Council committees.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Schmidt served from 2008-2014 in the state House of Representatives, where he was Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and prior to that, Chairman of the House Commerce Committee.
A native of Traverse City, Schmidt graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1985. He attended the University of Chicago, majoring in economics and public policy, and is a graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University. Before serving in the state Legislature, he was elected five times to the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners and served terms as chair and vice-chair.
The senator is also active in the community and has been involved with Grand Traverse Area Right to Life and Big Brother/Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. An avid sportsman, he is a member of the National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society and Trout Unlimited.
Schmidt lives in Traverse City with his wife, Kathleen, and their two boys, Ryan and Danny.
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