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Kahn, Roger (R)

State Senator District 32
Office: 420 FB
Term: old rep
Phone: (517) 373-1760
Email: senrkahn@senate.michigan.gov
Home Address: 3177 Monticello Saginaw, MI 48603
Website: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senator/kahn/index.htm
Seat Number: 34

CB - Capitol Building,  FB - Farnum Building,  HOB - House Office Building 


POLITICAL CAREER

Kahn, a former Saginaw County commissioner, was elected in November 2004 as the state representative for the 94th District where he served one term before becoming a Senator for the 32nd District in 2007.  This session Kahn is the chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee where he oversees state spending on behalf of the Senate Republican majority caucus.  

WORK EXPERIENCE

After medical school, he trained at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, where he became a cardiologist. Roger returned to Saginaw to practice cardiac medicine after going to medical school and training in Detroit. Then Saginaw had one part-time cardiac laboratory and no cardiac surgery. Sen. Kahn fought for and brought the balloon pump, modern pacemakers and outreach clinics to Saginaw and founded the Heart Group. He worked to expand the cardiac lab and initiate Saginaw's cardiac surgery program. He then successfully fought to further expand cardiac services to meet people's needs by starting a second program at Covenant, then St. Luke's Hospital. Along the way, he was there to initiate the interventional program and the electrophysiology program. Saginaw has now blossomed into one of the best cardiac centers in the Midwest.

EDUCATION

After high school in Monroe, Sen. Kahn attended Delta College, MSU, and Wayne State University where he received his MD degree.

PERSONAL

Sen. Kahn was born in Monroe, Michigan on January 28, 1945. He is married to Nyla, and together they have 8 children and 8 grandchildren.

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

Sen. Kahn is interested in education and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine for MSU, where he received the Teacher of the Year award. He is a Delta College graduate and supporter. Delta honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998. He has supported Buena Vista High School with scholarships through its ROTC program and SVSU through the Marshal Fredericks Art Gallery. His background of community involvement also includes Big Brothers (college), the Rotary Exchange Program, the Saginaw Community Foundation, and the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce Board. He has supported the Saginaw Rescue Mission, was honorary chair of fundraising for Pit and Balcony, been a board member of the Jane�s Street Clinic and donated time to Saginaw's free medical clinic.

LEAD STAFF PERSON:

Holly Fountain, hfountain@senate.michigan.gov

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