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Hertel, Kevin (D)State Representative District 18
Rep. Kevin Hertel was first elected to serve the 18th House district in November 2016 when he came out on top of a three person August Democratic primary with 76.3% of the vote. He went on in August to defeat GOP nominee Renata POLONAISE 63% to 37%.
A second term was won in 2018, when Hertel went unopposed in the primary and defeated GOP nominee Kyle MCKEE 62.6% to 37.3%.
In 2020, Hertel won his final term in the House by easily defeating two primary opponents with 72.6% of the vote. He then defeated GOP niominee Michael BABAT 60.2% to 39.7%.
The state's 18th state House district has a Democratic voting base of 59.5% - a mark Hertel exceeded the past three cycles.
Before serving in the House, Rep. Hertel worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as a legislative analyst and then as a special assistant in the office of the president.
To read MIRS biography of Rep. Hertel, click here.
He graduated from Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods and attended Michigan State University.
He and his wife, Ann, live in St. Clair Shores. His brother, Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., was elected to his first term for the 23rd Senate district in 2014. Their father, former House Speaker Curtis Hertel Sr., passed away in March 2016 at the age of 63.
Rep. Hertel has been an active member of his community and is currently a member of the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee, a volunteer for Macomb County Special Olympics and a member of St. Isaac Jogues Parish. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Macomb County Care House.
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