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John Moolenaar
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Michigan State Senate District 36
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Current term ends
January 1, 2015
Political party Republican
Website Senate site
John Moolenaar (b. May 8, 1961) is a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate, representing the 36th District since January 1, 2011. Prior to his time in the Senate, Moolenaar served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 98 from 2002 to 2008. John has also served on the Midland City Council. Moolenaar was named Legislator of the Year in 2004 by the Michigan Townships Association and the Michigan Farm Bureau.

Before his election to the Legislature, John worked for Dow Chemical developing new product markets. He was later the director of the Small Business Center at Middle Michigan Development Corporation. John has also worked in the education sector, serving as school administrator for the Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Studies, and teaching several classes at Saginaw Valley State University.

John graduated from Herbert Henry Dow High School and Hope College. He then went on to earn his Masters Degree in Public Administration at Harvard University.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Moolenaar has been appointed to these committees:



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.[1]

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


In 2010, Moolenaar raised $324,519 in contributions. [2]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Michigan Medical Society $6,479
Midland County Republican Cmte $6,000
Michigan Chamber Of Commerce $6,000
Michigan Bankers Association $5,100

Recall efforts

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 cites Moolenaar's support for Michigan House Bill 4361 (S-5), which allows for taxation of public retiree pensions.[3] It is unclear how many signatures will need to be collected - Perry was instructed to contact each of the 10 county clerks in the district in order to determine the number.[4]


John and his wife Amy have six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michigan State Senate District 36
Succeeded by