John Moolenaar

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John Moolenaar
John Moolenaar.jpg
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
Cost per vote$9.10 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,995,376
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:

Key votes

114th Congress


The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Moolenaar's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Yea3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, voted against the resolution. Moolenaar voted with 225 other Republicans to approve the bill.[8][9][10]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Moolenaar voted with 222 other Republican representatives to approve the bill.[11][12]


On The Issues Vote Match

John Moolenaar's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, Moolenaar is a Moderate Conservative.[13] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

On The Issues organization logo.

Campaign themes


Moolenaar's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[14]

  • 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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17]

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 history

Comprehensive donor information for Moolenaar is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Moolenaar raised a total of $1,995,376 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[18]

John Moolenaar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Michigan, District 4) Won $1,156,712
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 $1,995,376


Moolenaar won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Moolenaar's campaign committee raised a total of $1,156,712 and spent $1,128,662.[19] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[20]

Cost per vote

Moolenaar spent $9.10 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Michigan District 4, 2014 - John Moolenaar Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,156,712
Total Spent $1,128,662
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $133,563
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $133,563
Top contributors to John Moolenaar's campaign committee
Dow Chemical$62,600
Meridian Health$24,000
Dow Chemical/Corning$16,250
Fabiano Brothers$11,300
Centra Inc$10,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$99,600
Chemical & Related Manufacturing$79,850
Health Professionals$59,774
Real Estate$46,100


Moolenaar was not up for election to the Michigan State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Moolenaar raised a total of $191,116.


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.[21]

January 2011 - March 2012

John Moolenaar received a 69 percent rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[21]


John and his wife, Amy, have six children.

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  1. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "MOOLENAAR, John, (1961 - )," accessed February 6, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 MIRS News, "Biographical Profiles: John Moolenaar," accessed February 4, 2015
  4. Midland Daily News, "Update: Big shake-up in local politics: Moolenaar announces run for Congress," April 2, 2014
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 113th Congress," accessed April 29, 2015
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress," April 13, 2015
  8., "S.Con.Res.11," accessed May 5, 2015
  9., "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 183," accessed May 5, 2015
  10. The Hill, "Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority," accessed May 5, 2015
  11., "H.R.1191 - Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015," accessed May 16, 2015
  12., "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 226," accessed May 16, 2015
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ontheissues
  14. John Moolenaar for Congress, "Where I Stand," accessed February 4, 2015
  15. Midland Daily News, "Recall petitions against Moolenaar, Schuette OK'd," September 8, 2011
  16. MLive, "Midland County Election Commission OKs recall try against Sen. John Moolenaar," September 7, 2011
  17. Michigan Secretary of State, "Election Results - General Election - November 02, 2010," March 2, 2011
  18. Follow the Money, "Moolenaar, John," accessed April 15, 2015
  19. Open Secrets, "John Moolenaar 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 7, 2015
  20. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 7, 2015
  21. 21.0 21.1 Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 22, 2012
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