John Moolenaar (R)

Background:

John Moolenaar is a Republican running for reelection to represent Michigan’s 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Moolenaar assumed office in January 2015. He was the Michigan State Senate District 36 representative from 2011 to 2015. He also served as the District 98 representative in the Michigan House from 2002 to 2008.

Born in Midland, Moolenaar attended Henry Dow High School. He earned his B.S. from Hope College in 1983, and went on to earn his master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. He worked for Dow Chemical as a chemist and industry specialist, and later worked as the director of the Small Business Center for the Middle Michigan Development Corporation. He also worked as an administrator at the Midland Academy of Advanced and Creative Services.

Moolenaar started his political career in 1997 as a member of the Midland City Council. He was recognized by the Michigan Townships Association as their “Legislator of the Year” in 2004.

Moolenaar currently serves on the Committee on Appropriations.

He lives in Midland with his wife Amy. Together, they have six children. To learn more, check out his campaign website. 

Endorsements:

Friends of Corn PAC

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Lansing Regional Chamber – PAC

Michigan Right to Life

National Right to Life

NRA

Sponsored Legislation:

H.R.4530 – Native American Health Savings Improvement Act: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow individuals who are eligible for a medical care program of the Indian Health Service or a tribal organization to participate in health savings accounts.

H.R.2765 – Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Security Act of 2019: This bill generally requires federal agencies to offer to sell to individuals who are current or former law enforcement officers functional firearms that would otherwise be destroyed.

H.R.779 – Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2019: This bill amends the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to exclude Native American tribes and tribal enterprises and institutions on tribal land from requirements for employers under the NLRA. (Currently under the NLRA, employers may not engage in unfair labor practices and must allow employees to form unions, engage in collective bargaining, and take collective action.)

H.Con.Res.61 – Supporting the designation of the week of September 11 to September 17 as “Patriot Week”: This concurrent resolution (1) expresses support for the designation of Patriot Week; and (2) recognizes that each generation should renew the spirit of the nation based on the first principles, historical figures, founding documents, and symbols of the United States.

Issues:

Second Amendment: “Gun control advocates from across the country are trying to take away the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to own and use a firearm.” Moolenaar opposes legislation that would infringe upon Second Amendment rights, though no legislation to take away Second Amendment rights has been proposed. Moolenaar has received an “A” rating by the NRA.

Pro-Life: “Our way of life is based on the belief that every human life has value, that’s why my pro-life record goes hand-in-hand with my strong support of adoption as a way to provide loving and safe homes for children. Unfortunately, far too many children – over 100,000 – are waiting in foster care programs throughout the United States for families to adopt them.” Moolenaar is pro-life and says he supports the Born-Alive Act. He pledges to fight to help all children still in foster care by promoting adoption and making families aware of programs available to help them adopt.

Protecting Great Lakes: “The Great Lakes support fishing, boating, and tourism, and they are also 20 percent of the world’s freshwater. We must do everything we can to protect these resources to ensure that our outdoor heritage and economy can be enjoyed for centuries to come.” Moolenaar supports the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as well as efforts at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam to keep invasive species out of the Great Lakes.

Immigration: “I strongly believe that immigration reform must begin with border security.  Our southern border states continue to face unprecedented problems relating to porous borders that permit thousands of unknown individuals to cross into the United States without legal authority to do so.” Moolenaar believes securing our borders is a national emergency and supports the Secure Fence Act. He supports increasing the number of U.S. border agents, creating an employment eligibility verification system to ensure illegal immigrants aren’t taking American jobs, and reforming the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program. He also opposes amnesty for immigrant already living in the country illegally.

Top Donors (as of Sept. 21):

DuPont Co.

Amway/Alticor Inc.

Honeywell International

DTE Energy

CMS Energy

*Donor information comes from opensecrets.org. Please note: The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families.