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Schmidt, Wayne A. (R)

State Senator District 37
Office: 4600 Binsfeld Building
Term: Final
Phone: (517) 373-2413
Home Address: PO Box 25, Traverse City, MI 49685
Seat Number: 14
Standing Committees: Economic and Small Business Development, Natural Resources, Appropriations
Subcommittees: K-12 and Michigan Department of Education(C), Transportation(C), Talent and Economic Development/MEDC(VC), Capital Outlay, Community Health/Human Services
(C) = Chair, (VC) = Vice Chair

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


Sen. Schmidt was first elected to the Michigan Senate after he defeated fellow House member Rep. Greg MacMaster in a tough primary election. He went on in the general to defeat Democrat Phil Bellfy 61 to 39 percent.  

Prior to being elected to the Michigan Senate, Sen. Schmidt served three terms in the Michigan House.  During his last term he chaired the House Transportation Committee and the Capitol Committee.  Before being elected to the Legislature, Schmidt was elected five times to the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners.  


Sen. 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.

To read MIRS biography of Sen. Schmidt, click here.


Sen. Schmidt attended the University of Chicago, majoring in economics and public policy and is a graduate of the Michigan State University Political Leadership Program.


Senator Schmidt was born October 6, 1966 and is a lifelong resident of Traverse City. He and his wife Kathleen have two children, Danny and Ryan.


Sen. Schmidt has been a part of a number of organizations, including: 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 (chair), Grand Traverse County Land Use & Transportation Study Group - Grand Vision , Grand Traverse County Republican Party (vice-chair and membership chair), 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 chair and Downtown Traverse City Association.


Molly Medenblik
Cell Phone: 616.634.5284

Additional Information

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House R's, D's Agree To $30M More For Special Education, Other Ed Reforms (09-18-2019)

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Biz Community Keeping Tabs On Who Votes For More Road Money (08-20-2019)

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Maddock Defends Controversial Provision In Road Budget (07-11-2019)

ABC, Operating Engineers Face Off Over House-Passed Budget (07-09-2019)

Using New Gas Tax Revenue For Locals Discussed (07-09-2019)

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Gov 'Open' To Bonding As Part Of Final Budget Negotiations (06-25-2019)

Gov Signs Bill Making 25 MPH Default Speed Limit For Residential Streets (06-25-2019)

Teachers Demonstrate For More Money; Legislature Defends Its K-12 Budgets (06-18-2019)

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Legislative Leaders Named 'Most Effective;" Ananich Highest Favorability Rating (05-30-2019)

Chatfield Asks Inman To Resign . . . Inman 'Considering It' (05-15-2019)

Chatfield Asks Inman To Resign . . . Inman 'Considering It' (05-15-2019)

If There's MDOT Fat, Schmidt Wants To See It (05-10-2019)

Schmidt Still No On Pre-Labor Day School Opening But . . . (05-08-2019)

Child Care Program Expansion Not Included In House Plan (05-01-2019)

Hollier Wants Road Funding Numbers Paved Into CREC (05-01-2019)

Hollier Wants Road Funding Numbers Paved Into CREC (05-01-2019)

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Bits And Tidbits (04-24-2019)

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