Daire Rendon (R)

Background:

Daire Rendon is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives running for reelection to represent District 103.

Rendon was first elected to represent District 103 in the Michigan House in 2016, defeating Democrat Jordan Stancil. In 2018, Rendon was reelected to represent District 103, defeating Democrat Tim Schaiberger.

Rendon is the chair of the Michigan House of Representatives Insurance Committee, and serves as the majority vice chair of the Families, Children, and Seniors Committee. She is also on the Judiciary Committee and the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee.

Originally from Yankee Springs, Rendon worked as a stay-at-home mom until her daughters were old enough to attend school. After that, she started her career at the Social Security Administration in Grand Rapids. She moved into the private sector in 1988 when she bought her first business, Check Alert Systems, in Cadillac. Check Alert Systems was a licensed collection agency that recovered bad checks written to businesses and verified bad checking account data at the point of sale. She sold that business in 2011. In 2001, she started Dragon Payment Systems, located in Lake City, which she still operates today. Dragon Payment Systems provides financial services and call center support to the security industry.

Rendon was appointed by Gov. John Engler and reappointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Bureau of Consumer and Industry Services, where she served as a member of the Michigan Collection Practices Advisory Board

Rendon is a cancer survivor. In 2007 she received an adult stem cell transplant at the Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Rendon and her husband Bruce have been married for more than 43 years. The two have two daughters and three grandchildren. The have lived in Lake City for more than 30 years.

Endorsements:

Right to Life of Michigan

The Michigan Farm Bureau

The National Rifle Association

Great Lakes Education Project

The Michigan Freedom Fund

Issues:

Agriculture: “The success of our district is in large part due to our agriculture industry.” Rendon pledges to protect the rights of farmers. She did not elaborate on how she will protect their rights or what they need protection from.

Second Amendment: “Daire believes in the constitution that our great nation was founded on. The gun rights of American citizens should not be infringed upon by our own government.” Rendon supports the Second Amendment.

Life: “Every life is precious no matter how young or how old.  Those who cannot defend themselves deserve the best care and protection we can provide.” Rendon supports pro life and right to life movements.

Family Values: “Daire and her husband, Bruce, have run their businesses and raised their daughters here in Northern Michigan. Our government should not implement policies that hurt our family values.”

Sponsored Legislation (not a complete list):

MI HB5836 – Education; curriculum; resource for use by parents to monitor and track deaf and hard of hearing children’s expressive and receptive language acquisition toward English literacy; create.

MI HR0271 – A resolution to declare June 2020 as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

MI HR0267 – A resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to not enact a federal bailout for states.

MI HB5672 – A bill to prohibit employers from requiring employees and prospective employees to have devices implanted or otherwise incorporated into their bodies as a condition of employment or any employment benefit; to prohibit employers from discriminating in the terms, conditions, and benefits of employment against employees who refuse to have a device implanted or otherwise incorporated into their bodies; and to provide remedies.

Top Donors (as of Sept. 21):

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC

Michigan Association of Realtors

Maria and Doug DeVos

Friends of Farmers Insurance PAC

Michigan Action Committee for Rural Electrification PAC

*Donor information comes from transparencyusa.org.