Senator John Proos
DISTRICT AND FAMILY
State Senator John Proos was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010 to represent the 21st district of Berrien, Cass and most of Van Buren Counties. He served as State Representative of the 79th district from 2005 through 2010. Sen. Proos resides in St. Joseph with his wife Kristy and three children, Elena, Jack and Nora.
Sen. Proos is a 1988 graduate of Lake Michigan Catholic High School. He holds a bachelor of Political Science from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI and a Master's in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University.
Over the past ten years, Proos has worked on the staff of Congressman Fred Upton serving in several different capacities, most recently as deputy chief of staff and district director. Proos also worked as vice president of Heritage Homes Inc. of Michigan in Berrien County.
PAST PUBLIC AFFILIATIONS
In addition to working for Congressman Upton, Proos has served as Berrien County Republican Party Chairman and has been a member of the Berrien County Republicans. Proos was also a member of the Berrien County Election Staff for the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2000. Proos was also a member of the Lakeland Regional Health System Community Benefits Committee and HOSTS mentor for Benton Harbor Area Schools.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND AFFILIATIONS
In addition to family and political life Proos is active in many southwestern Michigan groups including the Rotary Club of St. Joseph/Benton Harbor and the United Way of Southwest Michigan. Proos is a board member of the Berrien Community Foundation and member of St. Joseph the Provider Knights of Columbus Chapter of St. Joseph Catholic Parish and the Coloma American Legion Post 362.
Proos is serving on the Senate Appropriations Committee for the 2011-2014 Senate term. He is chair of the Corrections and Judiciary subcommittees; vice chair of the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth subcommittee; and a member of the Human Services subcommittee. Proos will also serve as vice chair of the Senate Energy & Technology Committee as a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Redistricting Committee.
2005 Wine Michigan Legislator of the Year ?2006 Michigan State Medical Society Legislator of the Year ?2006 Literacy Advocate Award?2006 Michigan Agri-Business Association Agricultural Advocate Award
2007 Healthy Legislator Award, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
2008 Habitat for Humanity Legislative Build Co-Chair
2008 Healthy Legislator Award, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
2010 Small Business Association of Michigan Legislator of the Year
2010 Healthy Children's Award
2010 Habitat for Humanity Public Servant of the Year
2010 Michigan Food and Farming Systems Legislator of the Year
Chairman of the Strategic Task Force on Job Creation
Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, 2007-08
Co-Chairman, Michigan Fire Service Caucus
Co-Chairman, Michigan Non-Profit Caucus
Co-Chairman, Southwest Michigan Caucus
Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Member, Michigan Boating Caucus
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