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|Michigan House of Representatives District 45|
|High school||Romeo High School|
|Bachelor's||Central Michigan University|
|Profession||Small business owner/saleswoman/marketer|
VanRaaphorst is a partner in her husband's periodontal practice, which the two purchased in 1991 and expanded to a full-time office. She has over twenty years of experience in sales and marketing, working for Holiday Inn, Sheraton, the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.
VanRaaphorst, a 1977 graduate of Romeo High School, has a B.A. in business marketing from Central Michigan University (1981).
VanRaaphorst is running in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 45. She defeated Ted Golden and Douglas Wilson in the Democratic primary on August 7. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012. 
VanRaaphorst's husband, Paul, is a periodontist; they have a son who graduated from Oakland University in 2012, and a daughter studying at Albion College. She lists swimming, biking, tutoring, and cross-country skiing as activities.
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