In the 2014 election cycle, Chairman Schostak raised more than $30 million dollars to support Republican candidates across Michigan. The MIGOP recruited volunteers earlier than ever and developed a record setting ground game focused on peer-to-peer, neighbor-to-neighbor contact. Chairman Schostak played a critical role in re-electing Governor Snyder, Secretary of State Johnson, and Attorney General Schuette. Schostak’s vision helped achieve historic Republican majorities in the State Senate and State House, and helped maintain our majority on the Michigan Supreme Court.
Schostak was re-elected in February 2013 as the Chairman of the party following a 2012 election cycle where he helped raise more than $26 million for our GOP candidates, and protected our majority in the State House.
In 2011, Bobby Schostak was elected Party Chairman for the Michigan Republican Party. Under Schostak’s direction, the MIGOP has proactively worked with local communities, grassroots organizations and new and existing coalitions to gather support throughout the state. They have invested heavily in new campaign technologies, including the MI Team Dashboard, a more user-friendly migop.org and others.
In 2009, he was appointed the Finance Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party where he was responsible for raising $28 million with then Chairman Ron Weiser. This war chest led the way to unprecedented Republican victories. Results included Republicans holding the Governor’s Office, Secretary of State, and Attorney General, a majority in the State House, a super majority in the State Senate, and a conservative majority on the Michigan Supreme Court.
Schostak increased his activity in politics in 2008 due to major concerns on the direction of our state and country, following years of assisting political campaigns for John Engler, Spencer Abraham, Dick DeVos, John McCain, Mitt Romney, numerous State House and State Senate races as well as numerous municipal races.
Prior to going full-time into Michigan politics, Schostak served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of the family’s real estate company located in Livonia, Michigan.
He and Nancy, his wife of 37 years, have three adult married children and three grandchildren.
Ronna Romney McDaniel was elected as the National Committee Member from Michigan in February of 2014. She has served as a Precinct Delegate, as a District Committee Executive Member and State Committeewoman in Michigan. She Chaired the Women for Mitt Michigan Coalition in 2012, and served as National Delegate to the Tampa Convention representing Michigan’s 11th District. In 2013, she served as Co-Chair for the Mackinac Leadership Conference and was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve on the Board of Marriage and Family Therapists. In her local community of Northville, Ronna has served on land planning and public safety committees and is actively involved in her local PTA. She received her B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. Ronna is married to Patrick McDaniel and has two children, Abigail and Nash.
David J. Agema was elected to the Republican National Committee as the National Committeeman for Michigan in 2012. He has served as the State Representative in the 74th District of Michigan from 2007 to 2012 where he served as the Chairman of the Transportation, Department of Health and Human Services, and Appropriations Committees. Agema received a B.A. from Calvin College, and a Business Management degree from Central Michigan University. During his time in the United States Air Force, he participated in Officer Training School, Pilot Training, Fighter Pilot Training, Squadron Officers School, and Command and Staff School. He is the President of Sabath House Ministries, a faith-based literacy organization, and a member of the NRA, and the Allied Pilots Association. Agema currently resides in Grandville, MI with his wife Barbara and has three children, Jon, Joy Herrema and Anna Graybill.
Rick Snyder was sworn in as governor of Michigan on January 1, 2011.
Snyder earned his bachelor’s degree, MBA and law degree from the University of Michigan - all by the age of 23. He chose to start his career in Michigan as a tax accountant with the Detroit office of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and, within six years, he made partner.
Michigan’s 48th governor has significant executive leadership experience in the private sector, including serving as chairman and CEO of the computer company, Gateway. He also founded Ann Arbor, Michigan-based venture capital and investment firms and an online health and wellness company. He has been actively involved in economic development as well, having served as the first chair of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Snyder is the first Certified Public Accountant to be elected governor of Michigan and is the only CPA in the country serving as a governor. In just two years, he’s restored Michigan’s fiscal integrity, brought fairness to the state’s tax system, and through relentless positive action is helping attract more and better jobs to the state.
He and his wife, Sue, have one son and two daughters.
MILLER, Candice S., a Representative from Michigan; born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., May 7, 1954; graduated from Lakeshore High School, St. Clair Shores, Mich.; attended Macomb County Community College, Warren, Mich.; attended Northwood Institute; trustee, Harrison Township Board, Harrison Township, Mich., 1979-1980; Harrison Township supervisor, Harrison Township, Mich., 1980-1992; treasurer, Macomb County, Mich., 1992-1994; Michigan secretary of state, 1994-2002; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Eighth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2003-present); chair, Committee on House Administration (One Hundred Thirteenth and One Hundred Fourteenth Congresses).
TROTT, David A., a Representative from Michigan; born in Birmingham, Oakland County, Mich., October 16, 1960; graduated from the Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Township, Mich.; A.B., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1981; J.D., Duke University, Durham, N.C., 1985; lawyer, private practice; business owner; member of the Bingham Farms, Mich., village council, 1987-1988; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
BISHOP, Michael Dean, a Representative from Michigan; born in Almont, Lapeer County, Mich., March 18, 1967; graduated from Rochester Adams High School, Rochester Hills, Mich.; A.B., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1989; J.D., Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State College of Law), East Lansing, Mich., 1993; lawyer, private practice; realtor; business owner; member of the Michigan state house of representatives, 1999-2002; member of the Michigan state senate, 2003-2010; majority leader, Michigan state senate, 2007-2010; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for Michigan state attorney general, 2010; unsuccessful candidate for election as Oakland County, Mich., prosecutor, 2012; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
MOOLENAAR, John, a Representative from Michigan; born in Midland, Midland County, Mich., May 8, 1961; graduated from Herbert Henry Dow High School, Midland, Mich.; B.S., Hope College, Holland, Mich., 1983; M.P.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1989; chemist; businessman; member of the Midland, Mich., city council, 1997-2000; member of the Michigan state house of representatives, 2003-2008; member of the Michigan state senate, 2011-2014; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
WALBERG, Tim, a Representative from Michigan; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., April 12, 1951; graduated from Thornton Fractional Township North High School, Calumet, Ill., 1969; attended Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill., 1969-1970; attended Moody Bible College Institute, Chicago, Ill., 1970-1973; B.S. Fort Wayne Bible College, 1975; M.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., 1978; minister; member of the Michigan state house of representatives, 1983-1998; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States House of Representatives in 2004; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Tenth Congress (January 3, 2007-January 3, 2009); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Eleventh Congress in 2008; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
UPTON, Frederick Stephen, a Representative from Michigan; born in St. Joseph, Berrien County, Mich., April 23, 1953; graduated from Shattuck School, Fairbault, Minn.; A.B., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1975; staff, United States Representative David Stockman of Michigan, 1976-1980; staff, United States Office of Management and Budget, 1981-1985; elected as a Republican to the One Hundredth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1987-present); chair, Committee on Energy and Commerce (One Hundred Twelfth through One Hundred Fourteenth Congresses).
HUIZENGA, Bill, a Representative from Michigan; born in Zeeland, Ottawa County, Mich., January 31, 1969; graduated from Holland Christian High School, Holland, Mich., 1987; B.A., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1991; administrator; business owner; staff, United States Representative Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, 1996-2002; member of the Michigan state house of representatives, 2003-2008; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
BENISHEK, Dan, a Representative from Michigan; born in Iron River, Iron County, Mich., April 20, 1952; graduated from West Iron County High School, Iron River, Mich., 1970; B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1974; M.D., Wayne State University Medical School, Detroit, Mich., 1978; physician; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
AMASH, Justin, a Representative from Michigan; born in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich., April 18, 1980; graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1998; A.B., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2002; J.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2005; lawyer, private practice; member of the Michigan state house of representatives, 2008-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).