Bio sketches of Michigan congressional candidates

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Posted on August 5, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 5 at 10:02 AM

NAME: Jason Allen

AGE: 47 (Born March 13, 1963)

RESIDENCE: Alanson

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in finance, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, 1987

POLITICAL CAREER: Michigan state senator, 2003-present; Michigan state representative, 1999-2002

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Vice president of sales, Captain's Quarters, 1987-present

PERSONAL: Married to Suzanne; Two children.

ONLINE: http://www.jasonallenforcongress.com

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NAME: Dan Benishek

AGE: 58 (Born April 20, 1952)

RESIDENCE: Crystal Falls

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Medical degree, Wayne State University, 1978; Bachelor's degree in biology, University of Michigan, 1974

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: General surgeon in Iron Mountain, 1983-present

PERSONAL: Married to Judy; Five children, Joe, Kirby, Mick, Adrienne and Todd, and two grandchildren

ONLINE: http://danbenishekforcongress.com

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NAME: Patrick Donlon

AGE: 59 (Born Feb. 3, 1951)

RESIDENCE: Mackinac County's St. Ignace Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in applied science automated manufacturing technology and associate degree in applied electronic engineering technology, ITT Technical Institute, 1989-93; Attended Wayne State University and Henry Ford Community College 1969-76

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Owner, Barn Works Inc., 2000-Present; Technical specialist, McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Co., 1994-97; Manufacturing process operator, A.E. Staley Manufacturing Co., 1993-94; Computer technician, The Computer Room (part-time during school), 1990-93; Bike Place, 1981-89; Owner, Bicycle Shop, 1979-80; Lead emissions certification testing technician, American Motors Co., 1977-80; Emissions certification testing technician, Ford Motor Co., 1973-75; Feeder truck loader (part-time during school), United Parcel Service, 1969-73

PERSONAL: Married to Sue; Two children, Marie and Scott

ONLINE: http://www.donlon4uscongress.net

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NAME: Linda Goldthorpe

AGE: 50 (Born Jan. 27, 1960)

RESIDENCE: Helmer

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Law degree, Thomas Cooley Law School, 1991; Bachelor's degree in psychology and business management, Northern Michigan University, 1986

POLITICAL CAREER: 1st District congressional candidate, 2008; Candidate for probate judge, 2006

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Lawyer for 20 years, including pro bono work

PERSONAL: Married to George Miller; Two children, Isaac and Joshua

ONLINE: http://www.lindaforcongress.com

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NAME: Don Hooper

AGE: 78 (Born April 11, 1932)

RESIDENCE: Iron River

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Attended North Park College (now, North Park University) in Chicago, 1961-64

POLITICAL CAREER: Iron County Republican Party chairman; 1st District congressional candidate, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Owned a trucking business for 27 years

ONLINE: http://www.donhooper4congress.com

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NAME: Tom Stillings

AGE: 62 (Born Oct. 5, 1947)

RESIDENCE: Antrim County's Torch Lake Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in business administration, Northeastern University, 1970

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Part-time independent sales representative in the steel industry, 2000-present; Started and operated his own steel trading and brokerage company in the 1980s-1990s; general manager of a service center in Detroit in the late 1970s; sales manager of a superintendent of materials for basic manufacturing operations at Jeep in the early 1970s.

POLITICAL CAREER: Torch Lake Township trustee

PERSONAL: Married to Patricia; Four children and two grandchildren

ONLINE: http://www.stillingsforcongress.com

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NAME: Gary McDowell

AGE: 58 (Born April 21, 1952)

RESIDENCE: Rudyard

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Attended Lake Superior State

POLITICAL CAREER: Michigan state representative, 2005-present; Chippewa County commissioner, 1981-2002 (board chairman, 1998-2002)

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: United Parcel Service driver, 1970-2003; Owner/treasurer, McDowell Hay Inc., hay farming and distribution company in Rudyard.

PERSONAL: Married to Carrie; Three children, Alivia, Emily and Rochelle

ONLINE: http://www.votemcdowell.com

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2ND DISTRICT:

NAME: Bill Cooper

AGE: 48 (Born Nov. 11, 1961)

RESIDENCE: Fruitport

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Associate degree in business/marketing, Baker College, 1982

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Small business owner for 25 years, including Great Lakes Jet, Omni Fitness Clubs and AMG Business Centers

PERSONAL: Married to Wendi; Three children, Annie, Maggie and Grace

ONLINE: http://www.BillCooperforCongress.com

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NAME: Bill Huizenga

AGE: 41 (Born Jan. 31, 1969)

RESIDENCE: Zeeland

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in political science, Calvin College, 1992

POLITICAL CAREER: 2nd Congressional District Republican Party chairman 2007-08; Michigan state representative, 2003-08; District director for U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, 1996-2002

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Co-owner, Huizenga Gravel Inc. in Jenison, 1998-present; Director of advancement and promotion, Zeeland Christian School, 2008-present; Licensed Realtor and developer, 1993-99

PERSONAL: Married to Natalie; Five children, Garrett, Will, Alli, Adrian and Sieger

ONLINE: http://huizengaforcongress.com

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NAME: Wayne Kuipers

AGE: 48 (Born Aug. 5, 1961)

RESIDENCE: Holland

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Master's degree in management, Aquinas College, 1995; Bachelor's degree in special education, Calvin College, 1983

POLITICAL CAREER: Michigan state senator, 2003-present; Michigan state representative, 1999-2002

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Project manager, general manager and vice president, Hollandia Gardens Inc., 1983-98

PERSONAL: Married to Jodi; Three children, Corey, Jenna and Makenzie

ONLINE: http://www.kuipersforcongress.com

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NAME: Chris Larson

AGE: 40 (Sept. 13, 1969)

RESIDENCE: Ferrysburg

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in law enforcement and political science with a minor in military science, Western Illinois University, 1991

POLITICAL CAREER: Ferrysburg city councilman, 2007-present

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Business development, SR Industries, 2010-present; Entrepreneur, local business owner

PERSONAL: Married; Two children

ONLINE: http://chris4congress.com

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NAME: Field Reichardt

AGE: 61 (Born Aug. 12, 1948)

RESIDENCE: Spring Lake

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in administrative science, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, 1971

POLITICAL CAREER: Staff director, Secchia Commission, which examined ways to make Michigan state government more efficient, 1994-95; Executive director, Michigan Export Development Authority for the Michigan Department of Commerce, 1991-94; Staff director, office of Michigan state Sen. John J.H. Schwarz, 1990-91; Senior adviser, -presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush, 1988; 9th Congressional District (now part of the 2nd District) Republican Party chairman, 1983-87; Delegate, Republican National Convention, 1980; Member, Republican State Committee, 1979-83; Field director, presidential campaign of Pete McCloskey, 1972; Member, Young Republican National Committee, 1971-72; Chairman, Maine College Republicans, 1969-71; State campaign manager (Maine), presidential campaign of Nelson Rockefeller, 1968

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: President, The Organic Olive Oil Co. of Grand Haven and co-founder and managing member, KMR Great Foods LLC, 2001-10; Vice chairman, WineSmart.com LLC, 1998-2001; President, Reichardt Inc., 1974-1989

PERSONAL: Single

ONLINE: http://www.reichardt2010.com

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NAME: Jay Riemersma

AGE: 37 (Born May 17, 1973)

RESIDENCE: Holland

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in communications, University of Michigan, 1995

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Regional director, Family Research Council, 2007-09; Head football coach, Zeeland East High School, 2005-07; Tight end, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2003-2004; Tight end, Buffalo Bills, 1996-2002

PERSONAL: Married to Cara; Three children, Sophie, Trip and Nick

ONLINE: http://jayriemersma.com

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NAME: Ted Schendel

AGE: 53 (Born Nov. 11, 1956)

RESIDENCE: Honor

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in social science, Michigan State University, 1980

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Police officer (retired as a sergeant), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 1981-2006; Benzie County sheriff's office, 2008-present

PERSONAL: Married to Kelly; Two children, Brooke and Brittany

ONLINE: http://www.schendelforcongress.org

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NAME: Fred Johnson

AGE: 51 (Born Oct. 9, 1958)

RESIDENCE: Holland

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Doctorate in history, Kent (Ohio) State University; Master's degree in history, Kent (Ohio) State University; Bachelor's degree in history and teacher education, Bowie (Md.) State University

POLITICAL CAREER: 2nd District congressional candidate, 2008

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: History professor, Hope College, 2000-present; General Motors Corp. in Warren, Ohio; Aircraft Braking Systems in Akron, Ohio

PERSONAL: Not married; Two children, Fred IV and Timothy

ONLINE: http://www.fredjohnsonforcongress.com

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NAME: Nicolette McClure

AGE: 63 (Born Sept. 25, 1946)

RESIDENCE: Idlewild

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Master's degree in urban education, Syracuse University; Bachelor's degree in political science, Wayne State University; Associate degree, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Community College

POLITICAL CAREER: Lake County commissioner; Trustee, Lake County's Yates Township

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Teacher; Human resources, USDA/FmHA in Syracuse, N.Y.; Human resources, City of Detroit; Clerical, Veteran Administration in Cleveland

PERSONAL: Married to Franklin Seals; Two children

ONLINE: http://www.nicolettemcclure.com

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3RD DISTRICT:

NAME: Justin Amash

AGE: 30 (Born April 18, 1980)

RESIDENCE: Kent County's Cascade Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Law degree, University of Michigan, 2005; Bachelor's degree in economics, University of Michigan, 2002

POLITICAL CAREER: Michigan state representative, 2009-present

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Manager, Michigan Industrial Tools, 2005-present; Business lawyer, Varnum LLP, 2006-07

PERSONAL: Married to Kara; Three children

ONLINE: http://amashforcongress.com

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NAME: Bill Hardiman

AGE: 63 (Born May 26, 1947)

RESIDENCE: Kentwood

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Master's degree in public administration, Western Michigan University, 1978; Bachelor's degree in public administration and behavioral science, Grand Valley State University, 1977; Associate degree, Grand Rapids Community (then Junior) College, 1975

POLITICAL CAREER: Michigan state senator, 2003-present; Kentwood mayor, 1992-2002; Kentwood City commissioner, 1987-92

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Vice president of rehabilitation, Goodwill Industries, 1987-1992; Director of counseling and residential services, Hope Rehabilitation Network, 1985-87; Contract administrator/planner, Kent County Community Mental Health, 1980-85; U.S. Army (artillery unit medic in Vietnam), 1966-68

PERSONAL: Married to Clova; Two children, Mark and Valenta

ONLINE: http://www.billhardiman.com

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NAME: Steve Heacock

AGE: 53 (Born Nov. 26, 1956)

RESIDENCE: Kent County's Cascade Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Law degree, University of Michigan, 1984; Bachelor's degree in accounting, Michigan State University, 1978

POLITICAL CAREER: Kent County commissioner, 1997-2002

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Chief administrative officer and general counsel, Van Andel Institute, 2005-10; Chief legal and administrative officer, health products company Ideasphere, 2002-04; Vice president of development, Priority Health, 1997-2002; Partner, Warner, Norcross & Judd, 1984-97; Certified public accountant, Price Waterhouse, 1978-82.

PERSONAL: Married to Brenda; Two children, Sarah and Erica

ONLINE: http://heacockforcongress.com

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NAME: Louise "Ellie" Johnson

AGE: 49 (Born June 5, 1961)

RESIDENCE: Grand Rapids

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School, 1999; Central Michigan University

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Solo practicing attorney in Grand Rapids, specializing in criminal defense, 2000-present; Law school student/chimney sweep/contractor, 1993-99; Substitute teacher, manager of NCO Club at Camp Grayling and manager, AIS Home, 1989-94

PERSONAL: Married to Alfred Johnson; Two children, Johnny and Tyson (died in 2007), and four stepchildren, Ty, Kyle, Sam and Taitum

ONLINE: http://www.lejohnsonforcongress.com

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NAME: Bob Overbeek

AGE: 31 (Born Aug. 27, 1978)

RESIDENCE: Wyoming

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Master's degree in public administration, Harvard University, 2010; Master's degree in nuclear physics, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2006; Bachelor's degree in secondary education, Western Michigan University, 2000

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Active duty Air Force (including combat service in Afghanistan), 2002-09; Teacher, Reformed Heritage Christian High School in Kalamazoo, 2001-02; Physics instructor, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 2000-01

PERSONAL: Married to Susie; Four children, Abigail, Joshua, Chloe and Josiah

ONLINE: http://www.boboverbeek.com

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NAME: Paul Mayhue

AGE: 63 (Born April 27, 1947)

RESIDENCE: Grand Rapids

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in psychology, Grand Valley State University, 1976; Associate degree in psychology, Grand Rapids Community College, 1973

POLITICAL CAREER: Kent County commissioner, 1998-2008; Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1980 and 1984

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Registered representative, various brokerage firms, 1988-2008; Social worker, Touchstone inovarre', 1979-present; U.S. Army, 1968-70

PERSONAL: Married Dannee Mayhue; Three children, Paul Mayhue Jr., Dannea Mayhue and D. Scott Anderson

ONLINE: http://mayhue4u.com

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NAME: Pat Miles

AGE: 42 (Born Oct. 19, 1967)

RESIDENCE: Grand Rapids

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Law degree, Harvard Law School, 1991; Bachelor's degree in business administration and economics, Aquinas College, 1988

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Partner, Dickinson Wright law firm, 2006-10; Partner, Varnum Law firm, 1997-2006; Associate, Varnum Law firm, 1991-1996

PERSONAL: Single

ONLINE: http://www.patmilesforcongress.com

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4TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Dave Camp

AGE: 57 (Born July 9, 1953)

RESIDENCE: Midland

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Law degree, University of California at San Diego, 1978; Bachelor's degree in economics, Albion College, 1975

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1991-present; Michigan state representative, 1989-90; Administrative assistant for U.S. Rep. Bill Schuette, 1984-86; Special assistant state attorney general, 1980-84

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Attorney with firm now known as Riecker, George, Van Dam, Camp & Gannon, 1978-1990

PERSONAL: Married to Nancy; Three children

ONLINE: http://www.davecampforcongress.com

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NAME: Jerry M. Campbell

AGE: 52 (Born March 15, 1958)

RESIDENCE: Roscommon County's Richfield Township

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in business administration, Michigan State University, 1982

POLITICAL CAREER: Richfield Township supervisor, 2009-present

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Seminar business owner, 1995-2007; Material manager, Teleflex, 1990-95; Project manager and purchasing agent, Allis Chalmers Corp., 1982-87

PERSONAL: Married to Pam; Two stepchildren, Terry and Taylor

ONLINE: http://www.jerrycampbell.org

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5TH DISTRICT:

NAME: John Kupiec

AGE: 53 (Born May 10, 1957)

RESIDENCE: Grand Blanc

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in automotive and heavy equipment technology, Ferris State University, 1980

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: President, Canadian American Corp., 1984-present; Owner, Kupiec Farms, 1988-present; Owner, Leapfrog Digital Media Complex Inc., 2000-present

PERSONAL: Married to Kelly; Three children, John, Adam, and Jennifer

ONLINE: http://johnkupiecforcongress.com

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NAME: Rick Wilson

AGE: 60 (Born March 8, 1950)

RESIDENCE: Genesee County's Grand Blanc Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Master's degree in industrial management, Central Michigan University, 1983; Bachelor's degree in industrial management, Purdue University, 1972

POLITICAL CAREER: Candidate for Genesee County register of deeds, 2008

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Supervisor, general supervisor, quality engineer, senior buyer and manager, General Motors Corp. and Delphi Corp., 1973-2007

PERSONAL: Married to Joyce; Three children, Lisa, Michael and David, and two grandchildren

ONLINE: http://www.rickwilsonforcongress.com

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NAME: Dale Kildee

AGE: 80 (Born Sept. 16, 1929)

RESIDENCE: Flint

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Master's degree, University of Michigan; Teaching certificate, University of Detroit; Bachelor's degree, Sacred Heart Seminary

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1977-present; Michigan state senator; Michigan state representative

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Teacher, Flint Central High School, 1956-64; Teacher, University of Detroit High School, 1954-56

PERSONAL: Married to Gayle C. Heyn; Three children, David, Laura and Paul, and eight grandchildren

ONLINE: http://www.dalekildeeforcongress.com

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NAME: Scott Withers

AGE: 37 (Born Nov. 4, 1972)

RESIDENCE: Saginaw County's Birch Run Township

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in international relations and broadcast journalism, Syracuse University, 1995

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Owner, Withers Media, 2009-present; Vice president of programming, Auction Network, 2007-09; Owner, Withers PR, 2006-07; Vice president of programming, QTN Television, 2004-06; Broadcast media manager/wind energy education manager, TXU Energy, 2002-04; Media manager, Ackermann PR, 2000-02; Reporter, WATE/WDSI-TV, 1998-2000; Producer/writer and youth news correspondent, CNN, 1995-98

PERSONAL: Domestic partnership

ONLINE: http://www.withers2010.com

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6TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Jack Hoogendyk

AGE: 55 (Born July 31, 1955)

RESIDENCE: Kalamazoo County's Texas Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Parchment High School, 1973

POLITICAL CAREER: Michigan state representative, 2003-08; Kalamazoo County commissioner, 2001-02;

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Executive director, Pregnancy Care Center, Kalamazoo, 1996-2003; Distribution sales and national sales and marketing manager for a segment of the business, Meade Corp., 1984-96; Distribution sales, Ship-Pack, 1981-84; Salesman, VNA Bootery, 1977-81; Union papermaker, Georgia Pacific, 1976-77; Assistant manager, Domino's Pizza, 1974-76; Union papermaker, James River Paper, 1973-74; Bag boy, Jewel Foods, 1971-73

PERSONAL: Married to Erin; Five children, Jacob, Isaiah, Maria, Caitlin and Benjamin, and nine grandchildren

ONLINE: http://www.jackformichigan.org

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NAME: Fred Upton

AGE: 57 (Born April 23, 1953)

RESIDENCE: St. Joseph

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in journalism, University of Michigan, 1975

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1987-present; Director of legislative affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 1981-86; Aide to U.S. Rep. David Stockman, 1975-81

PERSONAL: Married to Amey; Two children, Meg and Stephen

ONLINE: http://www.uptonforallofus.com

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NAME: Don Cooney

AGE: 73 (Born March 30, 1937)

RESIDENCE: Kalamazoo

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Doctorate in social work and social research, Bryn Mawr, 1983; Master's degree in religious education, Fordham University, 1967; Master's degree in divinity, Mary Immaculate Seminary, 1964; Bachelor's degree in philosophy, Mary Immaculate Seminary, 1960

POLITICAL CAREER: Kalamazoo city commissioner

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Assistant director, Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations; Professor of social work, Western Michigan University; Co-director, A Better Chance group home, 1975-77; High school teacher, 1964-70; Community worker, Vincentians, 1964-70; Roman Catholic priest, 1960-64

PERSONAL: Married to Kathy; One child

ONLINE: None, but campaign page on Facebook

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7TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Marvin Carlson

AGE: 65 (Born June 7, 1945)

RESIDENCE: Manchester

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Master's degree in political science, University of Michigan, 1971; Bachelor's degree in political science, Michigan State University, 1968

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Real estate development and management, 1975-present; Purebred cattle rancher, 1980-2000

PERSONAL: Married to Susan Cosmi; One child, Garret

ONLINE: http://www.marvincarlson.com

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NAME: Brian Rooney

AGE: 37 (Born Oct. 28, 1972)

RESIDENCE: Dexter

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Law degree from Florida State University, 1999; Bachelor's degree in history, Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., 1995

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Attorney, Thomas More Law Center, 2006-09; U.S. Marines, 1998-2006

PERSONAL: Married to Tiffany; Three children, Silas, Eleanor and Blaise

ONLINE: http://www.runwithrooney.com

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NAME: Tim Walberg

AGE: 59 (Born April 12, 1951)

RESIDENCE: Tipton

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Master's degree in communications, Wheaton (Ill.) College, 1978; Bachelor's degree in religious education, Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Ind., 1975

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 2007-08; Michigan state representative, 1983-98

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Division manager, Moody Bible Institute, 2000-06; President, Walter Reuther Center for Education and Community Impact, 1999-2000; Pastor, Union Gospel Church in Tipton, 1978-83; Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church in New Haven, Ind., 1973-77

PERSONAL: Married to Sue; Three children, Matthew, Heidi and Caleb, and three grandchildren

ONLINE: http://www.walbergforcongress.com

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NAME: Mark Schauer

AGE: 48 (Born Oct. 2, 1961)

RESIDENCE: Battle Creek

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Master's degree in political science, Michigan State University, 1996; Master's degree in public administration, Western Michigan University, 1986; Bachelor's degree in sociology and Spanish, Albion College, 1984

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 2009-present; Michigan state senator, 2003-08 (minority leader, 2007-08); Michigan state representative, 1997-2002; Battle Creek city commissioner, 1994-96

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Owner, My Style, Your Style clothing store in Battle Creek, 2008-present; Coordinator, Calhoun County Human Services Coordinating Council, 1992-96; Executive director, Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan, 1987-92; Urban planner, Calhoun County, 1984-87

PERSONAL: Married to Christine; Three children, Heather, Holly and Nick, and two grandchildren

ONLINE: http://www.markschauer.com

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8TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Mike Rogers

AGE: 47 (Born June 3, 1963)

RESIDENCE: Howell

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in sociology and criminal justice, Adrian College, 1985; Attended the University of Michigan as a member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, 1982-85

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 2001-present; Michigan state senator, 1995-2000

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Co-founder, E.B.I. Builders Inc.; FBI agent in organized crime unit, 1988-94; U.S. Army officer/company commander, 1985-88.

PERSONAL: Married; Two children.

ONLINE: http://www.rogersforcongress.com

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9TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Anna Janek

AGE: 62 (Born June 21, 1948)

RESIDENCE: Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Mr. Arnolds Beauty College, Dearborn, 1972; Attended Stredna Priemyselna Skola vo Zvolene, Slovakia, 1968-69

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Beauty consultant; Former hair salon owner

PERSONAL: Married to Joseph; Four children, Klaudia, Otilia, Marek and Gloria, and three grandchildren

ONLINE: http://www.janek2010.com

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NAME: Richard D. Kuhn

AGE: 80 (Born Oct. 8, 1929)

RESIDENCE: Waterford

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Law degree, Detroit College of Law; Bachelor's degree in political science, Michigan State University

POLITICAL CAREER: Oakland County circuit judge, 1973-2005; Elected to the committee that helped write the state constitution, 1963

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Lawyer

PERSONAL: Married to Sally; Four children and 10 grandchildren

ONLINE: None

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NAME: Rocky Raczkowski

AGE: 41 (Born Dec. 29, 1968)

RESIDENCE: Farmington Hills

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Law degree, Michigan State University, 1998; Master's degree in business and human resource development, Central Michigan University, 1996; Bachelor's degree in psychology and political science, Eastern Michigan University, 1990

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. Senate candidate, 2002; Michigan state representative (including majority leader), 1997-2003

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Chairman and CEO, Star Tickets, 2007-10; U.S. Army (enlisted and commissioned service with combat tours), 1986-2010

PERSONAL: Married to Amalia Kaddo

ONLINE: http://www.rockyworksforus.com

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NAME: Paul Welday

AGE: 51 (Born Oct. 1, 1958)

RESIDENCE: Farmington Hills

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in justice, morality and constitutional democracy, Michigan State University, 1981

POLITICAL CAREER: Chief of staff, U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, 1993-1996, 1997-2002; Chief of staff, Omaha, Neb., Mayor PJ Morgan, 1989-92

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: President, Renaissance Strategies, Inc., a public relations, marketing and corporate communications consulting firm, 2002-present

PERSONAL: Married to Valerie; Two children, Nicholas and Natalie

ONLINE: http://www.weldayforcongress.com

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NAME: Gary Peters

AGE: 51 (Born Dec. 1, 1958)

RESIDENCE: Oakland County's Bloomfield Township

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Master's degree in philosophy, Michigan State University, 2007; Law degree, Wayne State University, 1989; Master's degree in business administration, University of Detroit Mercy, 1984; Bachelor's degree in political science, Alma College, 1980

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 2009-present; State lottery commissioner, 2003-07; Michigan state senator, 1995-2002; Rochester Hills city councilman, 1991-93; Candidate for Michigan state Senate, 1990

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Griffin Endowed Chair of American Government, Central Michigan University, 2007-10; Lieutenant commander, U.S. Naval Reserve, 1993-2005; Adjunct professor of finance, Wayne State University, 1992-94; Adjunct professor of strategic management, Oakland University, 1992-94; Securities arbitrator and vice president-investments, UBS PaineWebber, 1989-2003; Assistant vice president, Merrill Lynch, 1980-89

PERSONAL: Married to Colleen Ochoa; Three children, Gary Jr., Madeleine and Alana

ONLINE: http://www.petersforcongress.com

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10TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Candice S. Miller

AGE: 56 (Born May 7, 1954)

RESIDENCE: Macomb County's Harrison Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Attended Northwood University and Macomb Community College

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 2003-present; Michigan secretary of state, 1995-2002; Macomb County treasurer, 1993-94; Harrison Township supervisor, 1981-92; Harrison Township trustee, 1979-80

PERSONAL: Married to Donald; One child, Wendy

ONLINE: http://candice-miller.com

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NAME: Henry Yanez

AGE: 52 (Born Aug. 28, 1957)

RESIDENCE: Sterling Heights

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Associate degree in fire science and general studies, Oakland Community College, 1993

POLITICAL CAREER: 10th Congressional District Democratic Party chairman, 2007-present

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Firefighter/paramedic, city of Sterling Heights, 1995-present

PERSONAL: Single; Two children, Ryan and Alison

ONLINE: http://henryyanez.com

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11TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Thaddeus G. McCotter

AGE: 44 (Born Aug. 22, 1965)

RESIDENCE: Livonia

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Law degree, University of Detroit, 1990; Bachelor's degree, University of Detroit, 1987

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 2003-present; Michigan state senator; Wayne County commissioner, 1992-98; Schoolcraft Community College trustee, 1989

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Attorney

PERSONAL: Married to Rita Michel; Three children, George, Tim and Emilia

ONLINE: http://www.mccotterrocks.com

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NAME: Natalie Mosher

AGE: 66 (Born Oct. 12, 1943)

RESIDENCE: Wayne County's Canton Township

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in education, Michigan State University, 1965

POLITICAL CAREER: Erie County (Ohio) commissioner, 1992-96

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Nonprofit consultant in Ohio, Washington, D.C., and Michigan, 1996-present; Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, 2004-05; Chief development officer, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, 2003-04; Appointed citizen commissioner, Volunteers of America Inc. in Alexandria, Va., 2002-04; Director, National Retiree Volunteer Coalition, National Association of Counties, 1994-96; Vice chair, Water Quality Subcommittee of NACo Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee, 1995

PERSONAL: Married to Bob; Two children, Rob and Aaron

ONLINE: http://www.mosherforcongress.com

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12TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Don Volaric

AGE: 47 (Born Sept. 16, 1962)

RESIDENCE: Macomb County's Chesterfield Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Attended San Diego State University

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Owner, Freedom Health Insurance Agency, 2004-present; Mortgage banking, margin trading, regional sales manager and plant manager, Digital Media, 1980-2001

PERSONAL: Married to Lynn; Two children, Lily and Lauren

ONLINE: http://www.volaricforcongress.com

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NAME: Sander Levin

AGE: 78 (Born Sept. 6, 1931)

RESIDENCE: Royal Oak

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Law degree, Harvard University, 1957; Master's degree in international relations, Columbia University, 1954; Bachelor's degree, University of Chicago, 1952

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1983-present; Candidate for governor, 1970 and 1974; Michigan state senator, 1965-70; Michigan Democratic Party chairman, 1968-69; Oakland County Board of Supervisors, 1961-64

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Assistant administrator, Agency for International Development, 1977-81, Fellow, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, 1975; Practiced corporate and commercial law and taught at Wayne State University, 1971-74; Practiced law, 1957-64

PERSONAL: Wife, Vicki, died in 2008; Four children

ONLINE: http://www.levinforcongress.com

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NAME: Michael Switalski

AGE: 55 (Born Jan. 11, 1955)

RESIDENCE: Roseville

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Master's degree, history, Louisiana State University; Bachelor's degree, classical languages, Louisiana State University, 1977

POLITICAL CAREER: Michigan state senator, 2003-present; Michigan state representative, 1999-2002; Macomb County commissioner, 1993-98; Roseville city councilman, 1989-92

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Head of labor relations, Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, General Dynamics, 1985-93

PERSONAL: Married to Roma; One child, Liam

ONLINE: http://www.switalskiforcongress.com

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13TH DISTRICT:

NAME: John Hauler

AGE: 43 (Born July 11, 1967)

RESIDENCE: Grosse Pointe Woods

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Certified program manager, International Program Management and Sales

POLITICAL CAREER: Co-founder, Metro Detroit Freedom Coalition (teaches the Constitution to the public at no cost), 2009-present

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Director of new business development for the Midwest, Ace Electronics

PERSONAL: Going to marry to Barb Janeway on Aug. 21

ONLINE: http://www.haulerforcongress.com

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NAME: John W. Broad

AGE: 71 (Born Jan. 8, 1939)

RESIDENCE: Grosse Pointe Farms

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Master's degree in business administration, University of Michigan, 1962; Bachelor's degree in business administration, University of Michigan, 1961

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: President, Crime Stoppers of Michigan, 2005-present; CEO and owner, Broad AutoPark, 2001-04; Vice chairman, Detroit Regional Chamber, 1998-2002; CEO and owner, The Broad Group, 1967-2001; Financial analyst, General Motors Corp., 1963-66; Auditor/consultant, Arthur Andersen, 1962-63

PERSONAL: Married to Jeanne Dangerfield Broad; Four children, Cyndi, James, Jodi and Katherine

ONLINE: http://www.johnbroadforcongress.com

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NAME: Vincent T. Brown

AGE: 32 (Born July 9, 1978)

RESIDENCE: Garden City

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Associate degree in automotive finance, ADI in Scottsdale, Ariz., 2008

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Community organizer, Clean Water Action, 2009-10; Sales manager and finance manager at various auto dealerships, 2001-09; Salesman, Sears, 2000; Machine operator, Ford Motor, 1999

PERSONAL: Single

ONLINE: None

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NAME: Hansen Clarke

AGE: 53 (Born March 2, 1957)

RESIDENCE: Detroit

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Law degree, Georgetown University, 1987; Bachelor's degree in painting, Cornell University, 1984

POLITICAL CAREER: Michigan state senator, 2002-present; Michigan state representative, 1990-92, 1998-2002; Associate Wayne County executive and administrator in Wayne County government, 1993-98; Chief of staff, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., 1989-90; Executive assistant to the Wayne County executive, 1988

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Attorney, 1988-present

PERSONAL: Married to Choi Palms-Cohen

ONLINE: http://hansenclarkeforcongress.com

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NAME: Stephen Hume

AGE: 58 (Born April 1, 1952)

RESIDENCE: Detroit

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Attended Wayne State University, majoring in transportation design

POLITICAL CAREER: Past candidate for Congress, Michigan state representative, Detroit mayor, Wayne County clerk and Detroit city council

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Boat yard operator, 1979-present; Owner, Detroit Velocipede, 1972-79

PERSONAL: Single

ONLINE: None, but campaign page on Facebook

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NAME: Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

AGE: 65 (Born June 25, 1945)

RESIDENCE: Detroit

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Master's degree in education, University of Michigan, 1977; Bachelor's degree in education, Western Michigan University, 1972

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1997-present; Michigan state representative, 1978-96

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Owner, American Speedy Printing franchise, 1986-91; Detroit Public Schools teacher, 1970-78

PERSONAL: Divorced; Two children, Kwame and Ayanna, and six grandchildren

ONLINE: http://kilpatrickforcongress.com

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NAME: Glenn Plummer

AGE: 55 (Born March 29, 1955)

RESIDENCE: Detroit

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Attended Northern Michigan University, Brooklyn (NY) College and William Tyndale Bible College in Detroit

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Founder and chairman, Christian Television Network, 1982-present; Founder and pastor, Ambassadors for Christ Church in Wayne County's Redford Township, 1999-present; Founder and president, Fellowship of Israel and Black America, 2005-present; Chairman and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters, 2001-05; Built and expanded three TV stations, Channel 26 (WLPC) in Detroit, TV-48, Detroit and Channel 61 (WPLN) in New Orleans

PERSONAL: Divorced; Five children, Le'John, Leah, Loren, Lemuel and Loriel

ONLINE: http://www.plummerforcongress.com

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14TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Pauline Montie

AGE: 63 (Born Feb. 22, 1947)

RESIDENCE: Trenton

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in accounting, Ferris State University

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Owner, Montie's Shell, Montie's Service and Al's Garage

PERSONAL: Married to Allan Montie; Seven children, Charlene, Patrick, Jennifer, Susan, Marcus, Emily and Rebecca Montie, and 13 grandchildren

ONLINE: http://paulinevsmachine.ning.com

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NAME: Don Ukrainec

AGE: 49 (Born May 11, 1961)

RESIDENCE: Trenton

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Vocational certificate in manufacturing technology, Wayne State University, 2009; Master's degree in instructional technology (design), Wayne State University, 1996; Bachelor's degree in education with a concentration in history, Wayne State University, 1983

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Instructor, Riverview Community Schools, 1996-present; President, H2row Ltd., 2002present; Training consultant-freelance (Ford, Chrysler, Land Rover, Cash America) 1992-2000; Automotive specialist, Ross Roy, 1988-1992; Sales, Tamaroff Group, 1987-1988; Economics instructor, Detroit Catholic Central, Orchard Lake St. Marys, 1984-1987

PERSONAL: Married to Wendy

ONLINE: http://www.Don4change.com

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NAME: John Conyers Jr.

AGE: 81 (Born May 16, 1929)

RESIDENCE: Detroit

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Law degree, Wayne State University, 1958; Bachelor's degree, Wayne State University, 1957

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1965-present; Legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. John Dingell, 1958-61

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Referee, state Worker's Compensation Department, 1961-63; Partner, law firm of Conyers, Bell and Townsend, 1959-61; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including a year in Korea, 1950-54

PERSONAL: Married to Monica; Two children

ONLINE: http://www.johnconyers.com

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15TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Tony Amorose

AGE: 53

RESIDENCE: Dearborn Heights

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: History degree, Eastern Michigan University, 1979

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Teacher, Dearborn Public Schools

PERSONAL: Married to Tina; One child

ONLINE: http://www.tonyforcongress.com

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NAME: John J. "Jack" Lynch

AGE: 63 (Born April 22, 1947)

RESIDENCE: Ypsilanti

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in foreign service, Georgetown University Foreign Service School, 1969

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House candidate, 2008

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Database systems project manager, Eaton Corp., 1996-present; Various IT jobs, 1977-96

PERSONAL: Married to Lisa; Five children

ONLINE: http://www.jacklynchforcongress.com

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NAME: Majed A. Moughni

AGE: 40 (Born June 20, 1970)

RESIDENCE: Dearborn

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Law degree, University of Detroit Mercy, 1999; Bachelor's degree in marketing, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 1995; Associate degree in liberal arts, Henry Ford Community College, 1993

POLITICAL CAREER: None

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Attorney, solo practice, 2000-present; Guest services, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1989-99

PERSONAL: Married to Vivian; Four children, Noor, Abdallah, Hadi and Aya

ONLINE: None, but campaign page on Facebook

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NAME: Rob Steele

AGE: 52 (Born Nov. 23, 1957)

RESIDENCE: Washtenaw County's Superior Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Medical degree, University of Michigan, 1981; Bachelor's degree in general studies, University of Michigan, 1978

POLITICAL CAREER: None

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Private cardiology practice, 1987-present; Clinical faculty, University of Michigan Medical School, 1987-2009

PERSONAL: Married to Dr. Phyllis Boniface; Four children, Robert, Jackie, Diana and Charlotte

ONLINE: http://robsteeleforcongress.com

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NAME: John D. Dingell

AGE: 84 (Born July 8, 1926)

RESIDENCE: Dearborn

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Law degree, Georgetown University, 1952; Bachelor's degree in chemistry, Georgetown University, 1949

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1955-present

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Prosecuting attorney, Wayne County, 1952-55; Park ranger, 1948-52; U.S. Army, second lieutenant, 1944-46

PERSONAL: Married to Debbie; Four children and three grandchildren

ONLINE: http://www.dingellforcongress.com

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