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Iden, Brandt (R)

State Representative District 61
Office: N995 HOB
Term: 3rd
Phone: (517) 373-1774
Home Address: PO Box 20486, Kalamazoo, MI 49019
Seat Number: 20
Standing Committees: Ways & Means(C)
(C) = Chair, (VC) = Vice Chair

BB - Binsfeld Building,  BT - Boji Tower,  CB - Capitol Building,  HOB - House Office Building  


Rep. Iden was first elected to the Michigan House in 2014 after defeating one Republican in the August primary and then defeating Democrat John FISCHER 48 to 43 percent in the general election. Iden served as the chair of the Kalamazoo County Committee for Mitt Romney and the Kalamazoo County Rick Snyder for Governor team.  


Rep. Iden is a former two-term Kalamazoo County Commissioner.  Iden has owned his own real estate business and served as the county advisor for the Kalamazoo County Land Bank.  

To read MIRS biography of Rep. Iden, click here.


Rep. Iden holds a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Kalamazoo College.  


He was born and raised in Southwest Michigan, is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys many of the great outdoor resources Michigan offers, including skiing, hunting and fishing.


Rep. Iden sits on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Discover Kalamazoo and Junior Achievement of Southwest Michigan -- a nonprofit organization that gives K-12 students skills for career readiness and financial literacy.  


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