John Kivela

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John Kivela
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Michigan House of Representatives District 109
In office
January 1, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Prior offices
Mayor of Marquette
Office website
Campaign website
John Kivela is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 109 since January 1, 2013.

Committee assignments


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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Natural Resources


Campaign Themes

Kivela's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Economic Development

  • Excerpt:"What happens when we educate the next generations but our local businesses and industries don’t have jobs for them? We need to focus on developing our infrastructure so that we can ensure our youth have jobs that keep them here to raise their families."


  • Excerpt:" We need to have an infrastructure that can handle the additional needs of new and expanding businesses. The Upper Peninsula electrical grid is running very close to its production capacity."

International Port Strategy

  • Excerpt:" To make Upper Peninsula business more globally competitive John Kivela has worked with the Department of Homeland Security and the Michigan Governors office to extend Marquette’s International Port Status from the harbor to KI Sawyer Airport."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kivela won election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 109. He defeated Tony Retaskie in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Jack Hubbard (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 109, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kivela 58.3% 23,250
     Republican Jack Hubbard 41.7% 16,655
Total Votes 39,905

Michigan House of Representatives, District 109 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Kivela 51.1% 4,512
Tony Retaskie 48.9% 4,316
Total Votes 8,828

Campaign themes

Kivela seeks to upgrade the 109th district's electrical infrastructure, upgrading international ports, and improving education.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steven Lindberg (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 109
2013 – Present
Succeeded by