Sen. Wayne Schmidt is a native of Traverse City. He graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1985, and attended the University of Chicago where he majored in economics and public policy. Schmidt is also 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 both vice-chair and chair.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Schmidt served from 2008-2014 in the Michigan House of Representatives. In that time, he served as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Commerce Committee.
In 2014, Schmidt was elected to represent 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 currently serves as chair of the K-12 and Michigan Department of Education Appropriations and Transportation subcommittees.
The senator is also very active in the district. He hosts monthly coffee hours at several locations throughout Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and has been involved with Grand Traverse Area Right to Life and Big Brother/Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan.
As an avid sportsman, he is a member of the National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society and Trout Unlimited.
Schmidt currently lives in Traverse City with his wife, Kathleen, and their two boys, Ryan and Danny.
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