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John Cherry

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John D. Cherry, Jr. (b. May 5, 1951) is the former Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. state of Michigan.

He was elected in 2002 as the running mate of Democrat Jennifer Granholm. A former staff member to Michigan State Senator Gary Corbin, Cherry served as the state political director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, until 1982.

Prior to his election to the office of Lieutenant Governor, Cherry had been a member of the Michigan Legislature as a State Representative (1983-1986), State Senator (1987-2002) and Senate Minority Leader. In his current position, Cherry presides over the State Senate, casting votes there in the event of a tie. His sister, Deborah Cherry now holds his senate seat.

Cherry chairs the Lt. Governor’s Commission on Higher Education & Economic Growth, with the commission making recommendations on higher education and the need to expand and retain Michigan's job base. He also serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

Cherry obtained a bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1973 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan, Flint in 1984. He has earned several awards including being recognized as "one of Michigan’s Most Effective Legislators" by The Detroit News and the 2005 Conservationist of the Year by the Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

Cherry is married to Pam Faris; they have two children and one grandchild.

Chair of NLGA

John Cherry was elected chairman of the National Lieutenant Governor's Association (NLGA) during the organization's annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, July 19 2006.

Contact Info:

Lt. Gov. John D. Cherry Jr.
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Phone: (517) 373-6800
Fax: (517) 241-3956

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 6/7/07