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Representative Wayne Schmidt was elected to a first term in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2008, representing residents of Grand Traverse and Kalkaska counties including the towns of Kalkaska, Traverse City, Kingsley, and Fife Lake.
Schmidt served as general manager of the Captain's Quarters men's clothing store in Traverse City, and was elected five times to the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners. On the commission he had terms as vice chair and chair of the board.
Schmidt attended the University of Chicago, majoring in economics and public policy and is a graduate of the Michigan State University Political Leadership Program.
Schmidt is a 42-year-old (10/6/66) lifelong resident of Traverse City. He and his wife Kathleen have two children, Danny and Ryan.
Schmidt has been a part of a number of organizations: Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, Bay Area Transit Authority, Michigan Association of Counties Human Services Committee (served as chairman), Grand Traverse County Land Use & Transportation Study Group - Grand Vision , Grand Traverse County Republican Party (served as vice-chairman and membership chairman), Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan, National Cherry Festival, Trout Unlimited, Economic Club of TC, Kiwanis Noon Club, Boardman Neighborhood Association, Great Lakes Community Mental Health Authority (vice-chair), Traverse City Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman, Downtown Traverse City Association.
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