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John Moolenaar
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U.S. House, Michigan, District 4
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorDave Camp (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan State Senate
Michigan House of Representatives
2002 – 2008
Bachelor'sHope College
Master'sHarvard University
Date of birthMay 8, 1961
Place of birthMidland, Michigan
ReligionNondenominational Christian
Office website
Campaign website
John Moolenaar (b. May 8, 1961) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Michigan's 4th Congressional District. He was first elected on November 4, 2014. He defeated challengers Jeff Holmes (D), Will Tyler White (L) and George Zimmer (I) in the general election.[1]

He is a former Republican member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 36 from 2011 to 2015.

Moolenaar served in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 98 from 2002 to 2008.


Moolenaar was born in Midland, Michigan, in 1961. He attended Herbert Henry Dow High School and went on to earn his B.S. from Hope College in 1983. After receiving his bachelor's degree, Moolenaar got accepted into Harvard University, where he earned a master's degree in public administration.[2]

Moolenaar worked for Dow Chemical and later became the director of the Small Business Center for the Middle Michigan Development Corporation.[3]

He first entered politics in 1997 as a member of the Midland City Council. He served on the city council until 2000, and later served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2003-2008.[2] While serving in the Michigan House, he served as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12.[3] In 2011, he was elected to the Michigan State Senate and served in office until 2015.[2] In 2004, the Michigan Townships Association recognized Moolenaar as their "Legislator of the Year" and the Michigan Farm Bureau presented him with the Silver Plow Award.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Moolenaar's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Moolenaar serves on the following committees:[5]


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Moolenaar served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Moolenaar served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Moolenaar's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[6]

  • Immigration
Excerpt: "I strongly believe that immigration reform must begin with border security. Our southern border states continue to face unprecedented problems relating to porous borders that permit thousands of unknown individuals to cross into the United States without legal authority to do so."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Four years after the passage of Obamacare, the American people continue to voice strong opposition to it. They have made it clear that they do not want the federal government involved in their health care in any way."
  • Jobs in Michigan
Excerpt: "The economic policies of the Obama Administration have failed to address the issues that are making it hard for families and employers in Michigan to get by. The President has abdicated his role on our nation's $17.5 trillion debt, has embraced an aloof attitude toward high gas and energy prices, and rejected any call for spending reduction."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "In return for their service to our country, our government promised all veterans the benefits and support they need when returning home. Sadly, the current situation of Veterans Administration is proof that the federal government is failing our veterans in the most basic way."
  • National Defense
Excerpt: "I will work to make certain that our military has the most effective and technologically-advanced weapons systems and hardware available. I will listen to and follow the counsel of our military leaders when they tell Congress what weapons they need - and what they do not need."
  • Life and Adoption
Excerpt: "I believe we are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable Right to Live. Life begins at conception. We must protect human life, the foundation of our civilization. I am a strong supporter of adoption as a way to provide loving and safe homes for children."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Energy independence has been on our "to do" list for over forty years. Even though the Obama Administration has increased spending for energy research and development, we are no closer to achieving energy independence than we were in the 1970's."



See also: Michigan's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Moolenaar ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 4th District. Moolenaar won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014, against Paul Mitchell and Peter Konetchy. He defeated Jeff Holmes (D), Will Tyler White (Libertarian) and George Zimmer (U.S. Taxpayers) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Michigan District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Moolenaar 56.5% 123,962
     Democratic Jeff Holmes 39.1% 85,777
     Libertarian Will Tyler White 2.1% 4,694
     U.S. Tax Payers Party Georgia M. Zimmer 2.3% 4,990
Total Votes 219,423
Source: Michigan Secretary of State
U.S. House, Michigan District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Peter Konetchy 11.3% 7,408
Paul Mitchell 36.3% 23,844
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Moolenaar 52.4% 34,399
Total Votes 65,651
Source: Michigan Secretary of State


Michigan's 4th District Republican Primary
Poll Paul Mitchell John MoolenaarPeter KonetchyMargin of ErrorSample Size
Pratical EPIC-MRA (July 12-13, 2014)
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See also: John Moolenaar recall, Michigan State Senate (2011)

On September 7, 2011, the Midland County Election Commission approved recall language submitted against Moolenaar. The submission was the third attempt by Hay Township supervisor Dennis J. Perry in his efforts to recall Moolenaar. The language of the first two petitions was rejected as unclear.

The approved language cited Moolenaar's support for Michigan House Bill 4361 (S-5), which allowed for taxation of public retiree pensions.[7] It was unclear how many signatures needed to be collected, but Perry was instructed to contact each of the 10 county clerks in the district in order to determine the number.[8]

The effort failed to collect enough signatures to put the recall on the November 2011 ballot.


See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Moolenaar won election to the 36th District of the Michigan State Senate in 2010. He defeated Democrat Andy Neumann in the November 2 general election.[9]

Michigan State Senate, District 36 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Moolenaar (R) 56,634
Andy Neumann (D) 32,154

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Moolenaar is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Moolenaar raised a total of $838,664 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 1, 2013.[10]

John Moolenaar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State Senate, District 36 Not up for election $191,116
2010 Michigan State Senate, District 36 Won $324,519
2006 Michigan State House, District 98 Won $119,998
2004 Michigan State House, District 98 Won $105,169
2002 Michigan State House, District 98 Won $97,862
Grand Total Raised $838,664


Moolenaar was not up for election to the Michigan State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Moolenaar raised a total of $191,116.
Michigan State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Moolenaar's campaign in 2012
Citizens Action Fund$9,754
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$8,000
Michigan Association Of Health Plans$6,750
Healthcare Association Of Michigan$6,500
Michigan Health & Hospital Association$5,800
Total Raised in 2012$191,116
Source: Follow the Money


Moolenaar won election to the Michigan State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Moolenaar raised a total of $324,519.


Moolenaar won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Moolenaar raised a total of $119,998.


Moolenaar won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Moolenaar raised a total of $105,169.


Moolenaar won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Moolenaar raised a total of $97,862.


Tea Party Scorecard

The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. A rating of 100 percent is considered ideal.[11]

January 2011 - March 2012

John Moolenaar received a 69 percent rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[11]


John and his wife, Amy, have six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Camp (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan District 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michigan State Senate District 36
Succeeded by
Jim Stamas (R)
Preceded by
Michigan House of Representatives District 98
Succeeded by