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Klint Kesto
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 39
In office
January 1, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$71,685/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
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2002
J.D.Wayne State University, 2006
ProfessionAssistant Prosecuting Attorney
Office website
Campaign website
Klint Kesto is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Kesto earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2002, and his J.D. from the Wayne State University Law School in 2006. His professional experience includes working as a small business owner and attorney, including a stint as assistant prosecutor for Wayne County. He has worked for the United States Department of Energy and the United States Department of Justice.[1][2]

Committee assignments


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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Families, Children, and Seniors
Health Policy
Judiciary, Vice-chair
Regulatory Reform


Campaign themes


Kesto's website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]

Get Michigan Working

  • Excerpt: "Michigan’s economy has a brighter future. We have been working hard to ensure better job growth within our great state, and we have delivered results. However, responsibility to you never stops."

Get Michigan Moving

  • Excerpt: "Inadequate roads and bridges are unacceptable for Michigan residents to have to endure. That is why we are working to address infrastructure issues that are plaguing our state."

A Government of the People

  • Excerpt: "It is important our government operates with little, if any, duplicative and unnecessary rules to make it more effective for Michiganders."

A Government for the People

  • Excerpt: "It is critical our state government remains efficient and effective."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Sandy Colvin defeated Michael Saari in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Klint Kesto defeated Deb O'Hagan and Alan Stephens in the Republican primary. Kesto faces Colvin in the general election.[4][5][6]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 39 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSandy Colvin 85.7% 3,758
Michael Saari 14.3% 626
Total Votes 4,384
Michigan House of Representatives, District 39 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKlint Kesto Incumbent 55% 4,500
Deb O'Hagan 39.4% 3,222
Alan Stephens 5.7% 466
Total Votes 8,188


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kesto won eleciton in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 39. He defeated Albert Clawson, Nicholas Kennedy, Brad Hantler, Bubba Urdan, and Kristine Zrinyi in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Pam Jackson (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKlint Kesto Incumbent 53.3% 24,382
     Democratic Pam Jackson 46.7% 21,403
Total Votes 45,785
Michigan House of Representatives, District 39 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKlint Kesto 28.2% 2,626
Brad Hantler 21.6% 2,012
Kristine Zrinyi 17.1% 1,590
Nicholas Kennedy 17% 1,578
Bubba Urdan 14.3% 1,327
Albert Clawson 1.8% 172
Total Votes 9,305

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kesto is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kesto raised a total of $248,254 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 10, 2013.[9]

Klint Kesto's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 39 Won $248,254
Grand Total Raised $248,254


Kesto won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kesto raised a total of $248,254.
Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Klint Kesto's campaign in 2012
House Republican Campaign Cmte Of Michigan$42,755
Kesto, Klint$10,398
Michigan Republican Party$5,000
Michigan Chamber Of Commerce$5,000
One Tough Nerd PAC$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$248,254
Source:Follow the Money



In 2014, Kesto's endorsements include the following:[10]

  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan
  • Chaldean Chamber of Commerce
  • Commerce Township Clerk Vanessa Magner
  • Commerce Township Trustee David Law
  • Commerce Township Trustee Rick Sovel
  • Detroit News
  • Executive L. Brooks Patterson
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  • Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owner
  • Michigan Manufacturers Assocation
  • Michigan Realtors Association
  • National Rifle Association
  • Sheriff Michael Bouchard
  • Small Business Association of Michigan
  • Wixom City Councilman Nick Kennedy
  • Right to Life of Michigan[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lisa Brown (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 39
Succeeded by