John Moolenaar

John Moolenaar
John Moolenaar.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded byDave Camp
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 36th district
In office
January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2014
Preceded byTony Stamas
Succeeded byJim Stamas
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 98th district
In office
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2008
Preceded byTony Stamas
Succeeded byJim Stamas
Personal details
John Robert Moolenaar

(1961-05-08) May 8, 1961 (age 58)
Midland, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Amy Moolenaar
EducationHope College (BS)
Harvard University (MPA)
WebsiteHouse website

John Robert Moolenaar (/ˈmlənɑːr/; born May 8, 1961) is an American politician who represents Michigan's Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the Republican Party.[1]

Moolenaar is a chemist, and worked at Dow Chemical Company for 8 months before entering politics.[2] He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2002, where he served three terms. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate, where he served one term.[3] Prior to his election to the Legislature, Moolenaar served on the Midland City Council.[4]

In 2014, Moolenaar ran for the United States House of Representatives seat representing Michigan's 4th congressional district. He won the Republican primary election in August, defeating Paul Mitchell,[5] and the general election in November.


On April 24, 2018, John Robert Moolenaar announced that signatures were officially filed with the Secretary of State for a third term in office. In response to this news, Moolenaar stated "I am grateful for the continued support and trust from hardworking people across mid and northern Michigan.[6] In Congress, I will continue to focus on growing jobs, balancing the budget, supporting our veterans and keeping our country safe with a strong national defense,".

Career Timeline[edit]

1983: Graduated from Hope College with a B.S.

1989: Graduated from Harvard University with an M.P.A.

1997-2000: Midland, Michigan City Council Member

2003-2008: Michigan House of Representatives, District 98

2011-2015: Michigan State Senate, District 36

2015–Present: U.S. Representative from Michigan's 4th Congressional District [7]

Action in office[edit]

Moolenaar along with fellow Michigan representative Andy Levin has introduced legislation to delay for two years any deportions of Americans to Iraq.[8]


2010: Moolenaar won the election of the 36th District of the Michigan State Senate in 2010. He defeated Democrat Andy Neumann in the November 2nd general election 56,634 votes to 32,154.

2011: On September 7, 2011, the Midland County Election Commission approved recall language submitted against Moolenaar. The submission was the third attempt by Hay Township supervisor Dennis J. Perry in his efforts to recall Moolenaar. The language of the first two petitions was rejected as unclear.

The approved language cited Moolenaar's support for Michigan House Bill 4361 (S-5), which allowed for taxation of public retiree pensions.[92] It was unclear how many signatures needed to be collected, but Perry was instructed to contact each of the 10 county clerks in the district in order to determine the number.[93]

The effort failed to collect enough signatures to put the recall on the November 2011 ballot.

2014: Moolenaar ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 4th District. Moolenaar won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014, against Paul Mitchell and Peter Konetchy. He defeated Jeff Holmes (D), Will Tyler White (Libertarian) and George Zimmer (U.S. Taxpayers) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2016: Heading into the election, Ballotpedia rated this race as safely Republican. Incumbent John Moolenaar (R) defeated Leonard Schwartz (L), Jordan Salvi (G), George Zimmer (U.S. Taxpayers), Keith Butkovich (Natural Law), and Debra Wirth (D write-in) in the general election on November 8, 2016. No candidate faced a primary opponent in August[9]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]


  1. ^ 2011-2012 Michigan Manual: State Senator John Moolenaar
  2. ^ "Biography". December 11, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Gonzales, Nathan L.; Gonzales, Nathan L. (November 21, 2014). "Freshman Class Filled With Losers". Roll Call. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Meet Senator Moolenaar - Senator John Moolenaar". Senator John Moolenaar. Archived from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sen. John Moolenaar defeats Paul Mitchell in 4th District congressional Republican primary race". August 6, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "Moolenaar Files for Reelection". John Moolenaar for Congress. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "John Moolenaar". Ballotpedia. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  8. ^ article on death of Aldaoud and related issues
  9. ^ "John Moolenaar". Ballotpedia. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  11. ^ "Members". Republican Main Street Partnership. Archived from the original on August 26, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 14, 2018.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dave Camp
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 4th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Barry Loudermilk
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Alex Mooney