Pat Outman (R)

Background:

Pat Outman is a Republican running for election to represent District 70 in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Outman was born in Six Lakes and graduated from Lakeview High School in 2010. He attended Ferris State University, where he majored in business administration and legal studies, and graduated with honors.

According to his campaign website, Outman worked in residential home and agricultural construction while in college.

Outman is a member on the board of directors for Montcalm County Farm Bureau. He also serves as the Montcalm County chair of the John James U.S. Senate Campaign. Outman is also the vice chair of the Montcalm Republican Party.

Outman’s father, Rick, currently represents District 33 in the Michigan Senate. His current term ends on Jan. 1, 2023. Rick Outman also served as the 70th District representative in the Michigan House from 2010 to 2017.

Outman lives in Six Lakes and helps run his family’s small cattle farm. He describes himself as a hunter, shooting sports enthusiast and proud member of the National Rifle Association.

Endorsements:

70th District state Rep. Jim Lower

Former state Senator Judy Emmons

The Michigan Freedom Network

Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams

Great Lakes Education Project – A nonprofit advocacy group supporting quality choices in public education for Michigan students.

Issues:

Infrastructure: “Michigan’s roads and infrastructure needs should be a continued focus of legislators in Lansing. Improved infrastructure will, without a doubt, make Michigan a more attractive state for business investment, and a better place to live. I support continued investments in our roads, without asking taxpayers for more money. I also support innovation and reviewing the most efficient way for the best materials to be used for road construction.” Outman’s campaign website does not list any proposed policy or plans on how to fund infrastructure investments without raising taxes.

Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse: “Michigan has a serious issue with prescription drug abuse, which is evolving into heroin use in our local communities. This epidemic has swept the nation, including our state, and must be fought at every level. Health professionals, law enforcement, and patients need to work together to stop this epidemic. Nearly everyone has been affected by a family member or friend addicted to prescriptions or other forms of drugs. I will work on policies that tackle this issue head on, helping to stop this vicious cycle of addiction that is stealing the lives and futures of so many families.” Details on Outman’s policy ideas for tackling the opioid crisis have not been released.

Gun Control: “Owning a firearm is your constitutional right. Residents in Montcalm and Gratiot Counties respect their firearms and accept the responsibilities of gun ownership. I’ll fight for their constitutional right to carry and protect and provide for their families as you see fit. I will fight any attempts by our government to disarm law-abiding citizens” Outman is a strong supporter of second amendment rights and describes himself as a proud member of the NRA.

Law Enforcement: “Residents in Montcalm and Gratiot Counties love and respect our local law enforcement. Police officers and firefighters are extremely important to keeping families and communities safe. However, Governor Whitmer has cut funding for local road patrol, using rural areas as political pawns and leaving our communities vulnerable.

I have respect and gratitude for those officers and first responders who put their lives on the line. I will support law enforcement at the legislative level, guaranteeing they have adequate resources to successfully carry out their duties. These men and women deserve our support, as they make daily sacrifices to maintain law and order and ensure our safety.”

Top Donors:

Mac PAC

Patrick Outman

MI Farm Bureau PAC

Maria and Doug Devos

CMS Energy Employees for a Better Government PAC

*Donor information comes from transparencyusa.org.