David Nathan

David NathanState Representative, Michigan House of Representatives

State Representative David E. Nathan is serving his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. He represents the 8th District, which is composed of portions of Detroit. He is the Democratic vice chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and also serves on the Regulatory Reform and Energy and Technology committees.

Nathan has been a champion for education in Detroit. He worked closely with House leadership to enact major education reforms to make sure our kids get the top-notch education they deserve. In February 2010, Nathan was appointed as Chair of the House Subcommittee on Academic Emergencies, which was formed with the purpose of reforming the laws surrounding Emergency Financial Managers appointed to public school districts.

As the Vice Chair of the Urban Policy Committee (2009-2010), Nathan sponsored legislation to protect occupants of rental properties, and empower them to expedite legal proceedings against neighbors who sell or manufacture drugs in rental properties. His legislation was unanimously adopted by the House. In recognition of his strides to protect landlords and tenants from dangerous activity, Nathan was named Legislator of the Year by the Property Management Association of Michigan.

Before becoming a State Representative, Nathan worked in customer service and management. His sincere concern for his community led him to become more involved and politically active. He has served as: Precinct delegate; vice-president of Grandmont Community Association; Detroit Public Schools parent volunteer; Police Cadet; and Little League coach. Nathan has also been active in the Metropolitan Youth Foundation and achieved one of the highest honors in the Boy Scouts of America by earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

Nathan continues his commitment to serving his community. In November 2009, he launched “David E. Nathan’s Community Network,” which partners with churches and community organizations to open five computer labs in Detroit. Nathan also hosted the “Bless a Family with a Turkey” program during the 2009 and 2010 holiday seasons. Nathan hand-delivered more than 200 turkeys to Detroit families who have been hit the hardest by Michigan’s economic crisis.

He and his wife, Leslie, are lifelong residents of Detroit and own a Detroit-based business, Nathan’s Choice Realty. The couple are the proud parents of four children: Davonta, David, Jasmine and Nigel.

Arlan Meekhof

ArlanMeekhofState Senator, Michigan Senate

State Sen. Arlan Meekhof was elected to serve the 30th Senate District in November 2010 and assumed office in January 2011. He was chosen by his Republican colleagues to serve as majority floor leader for the 2011-2014 term, where he represents the Republican majority on the Senate floor, expediting legislative proceedings through parliamentary procedures such as motions, communications and points of order.

He also serves as a member of the Government Operations, Natural Resources, Environment & Great Lakes, and Regulatory Reform committees.

Prior to becoming senator, Meekhof served four years in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 89th District from 2007-2010. During that time, Arlan was selected to his first leadership post midway through his first term, and was elevated to the position of assistant leader in January 2009.

Arlan was first elected to the Olive Township Board of Trustees in 1996, where he served as a trustee and later as township supervisor. He was responsible for the daily operations of Olive Township-one of the fastest growing communities in Ottawa County.

Sen. Meekhof was born Nov. 28, 1959 in Grand Haven and was adopted April 8, 1960 by Sidney and Ethel Meekhof. He is the eldest of four adopted children.

Arlan has lived in Olive Township with his wife Barb for more than 25 years. They also have three adult children-Adrian, Rich, and Meredith. The Meekhofs are very blessed with two granddaughters.

Lisa Posthumus Lyons

State Representative, Michigan House of Representatives

State Rep. Lisa Lyons is serving her second term representing the 86th House District. She serves as Assistant Majority Floor Leader, chair of the House Education Committee, chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee and serves on the House tax policy, financial services and insurance committees.

Representative Lyons was formerly the director of public policy and community outreach for the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors and the Commercial Alliance of Realtors. Prior to that, Lyons managed a House campaign and worked as a staff member in the Michigan House and Senate. There, she learned a first-hand knowledge and understanding about the legislative process.

Representative Lyons graduated from Lowell High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, where she majored in agriculture and natural resources communications.  She spent time overseas studying food and agricultural systems in Ireland, Scotland, England and Denmark.

Representative Lyons believes citizens have a responsibility to serve their community, state and nation. Lyons formerly served as secretary of the Bowne Township Planning Commission, striving to ensure the township is a great place to work, live, and raise a family through common sense policy decisions. She has also served on the board of directors for Alpha Women’s Center in Grand Rapids. She is also a member of the National Rifle Association, Kent County Farm Bureau and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 305.

Tom Leonard

Tom LeonardState Representative, Michigan House of Representatives

Eileen Kowall

Eileen KowallState Representative, Michigan House of Representatives

State Rep. Eileen Kowall was re-elected to a third term in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2012, representing residents of Highland Township, White Lake Township, Springfield Township, Milford Township and part of Waterford Township. 


Kowall attended Wayne State University from 1970 to 1972 and the University of Detroit from 1972 to 1974, where she obtained an associate degree in dental hygiene. She is also a graduate of the Michigan Excellence in Public Service series. She is a 2010 fellow of The Council of State Governments’ Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, a training program that identifies and assists promising state leaders.

Kowall served on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for six years and was chair of the Republican Caucus for four of those years. She also served as vice chair of the Finance Committee and was a member of the criminal justice coordinating council. She also served as chair of the 11th Congressional Republican Committee and has also served on the State Republican Committee. Additionally, she served on the Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency Member-Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Rep. Kowall serves on the House Appropriations Committee, serving as chair of the subcommittees on environmental quality and joint capital outlay. In addition, Kowall is vice chair of the subcommittee on general government and a member of the subcommittee on licensing and regulatory affairs.

Tim Kelly

Tim KellyState Representative, Michigan House of Representatives

Joel Johnson

Joel JohnsonState Representative, Michigan House of Representatives