MIRS Biographical Profiles
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McDowell, Gary (D)Agriculture and Rural Development
Director McDowell was appointed to lead the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, effective Jan. 1, 2019 by Gov Gretchen WHITMER.
McDowell served three terms in the Michigan House from 2005 through 2010.
He owns and operates a family business with his brothers, McDowell Brothers Farm and McDowell Hay Inc., and brokers hay sales from the Eastern Upper Peninsula.
McDowell served for 22 years as a member of the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners and was a delivery driver for UPS for 30 years.
McDowell attended Lake Superior State University.
He is married to Carrie, the couple has three daughters.
He has served as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for 18 years.
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