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Jim Ananich
Jim Ananich
Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate

January 14, 2015
Gretchen Whitmer
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 27th district

May 14, 2013
John J. Gleason
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 49th district

January 1, 2011 - May 13, 2013
Lee Gonzales
Phil Phelps
President of the Flint City Council

November 10, 2008 - November 9, 2009
Carolyn Sims
Delrico Loyd
Member of the Flint City Council
from the 7th ward

November 8, 2005 - November 9, 2009
Dale Weighill
Personal details
Born (1975-09-20) September 20, 1975 (age 46)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Andrea Abdella
EducationMichigan State University (BA)
University of Michigan, Flint (MPA)
WebsiteCampaign website

James Ananich ( AN-?-nik;[1] born September 20, 1975)[2] is a politician from the State of Michigan. He is a Democratic Party member of the Michigan State Senate representing the 27th district, which is located in Genesee County and includes the cities Burton, Clio, Flint, Mount Morris and Swartz Creek and the townships of Flint Township, Forest, Genesee, Mount Morris, Richfield, Thetford and Vienna.

Early life

James "Jim" Ananich was born to James and Susan Ananich as their only child. They raised him in Flint. His father was Flint City Ombudsman. In 1986, Jim's mother died. Thus the following year his father resigned as ombudsman to teach policy science at University of Michigan-Flint. He attend Flint Central where he played basketball and tennis.[3]

Ananich attended and graduated in 1998 from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in political science and economics and a secondary teaching certificate in social studies. He also received a master's degree in Public Administration-Educational Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.[3][4][5]

At Michigan State he joined the College Democrats. In 1998, he interned with the Michigan Democratic Party then went to work for Senate Minority Leader John Cherry.[3]

From 1998 to 2001, he worked for U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Flint.[6] Until 2000, Ananich worked in Kildee's Washington, DC office. In 2000, his dad died thus he returned to Flint and worked out of Kildee's district office. After his 2004 primary loss, he worked for Bob Emerson.[3]

Ananich met Andrea Abdella at the voting booth. Jim and Andrea were wed on November 8, 2003.[3]

He then became a teacher in the Carman-Ainsworth and Flint Community School Districts from 2005 to 2009 teaching social studies.[6] He was later employed by Priority Children as an education coordinator until 2011.[4]

Political career

Ananich served on the Flint City Council from November 8, 2005 to November 9, 2009.[3][6] He ran against Lee Gonzales for Michigan State Representative in the 2004 Democratic primary and lost.[7] The next year, he was elected to Flint City Council and serve until 2009. On November 10, 2008, Ananich was selected by the council to be their president replacing Carolyn Sims.[8][9] Ananich was succeeded as Council President by Delrico Loyd and as Member from the 7th ward by Dale Weighill.[10][11] He then ran for State Representative in 2010 winning against Allan Pool 67% to 33%, succeeding Gonzales.[12]

Ananich was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 7, 2012 in his run for reelection, which he won on November 6 with nearly 74 percent of the votes. He introduced a bill on February 5, 2013 to correct a law regarding the abuse of vulnerable adults changing how prosecuting attorneys prove their case and was signed into law on June 4, 2013.[6]

In 2013, with a vacancy due to John J. Gleason's resignation from the 27 District State Senate seat, he won election to the position on May 7.[13] He introduced on October 23 a drive-by shooting incidents law that increased penalties which was passed and signed into law July 16, 2014. His scrap metal bill was signed into law on December 31. Ananich faced no opposition in the Democratic primary election on August 5, 2014.[6] The Democratic State Senate caucus on November 6, 2014 selected Ananich to be the upcoming Senate Minority Leader.[6]

Issues

The Flint Water Crisis

Shortly into his tenure as Senator, the Flint Water Crisis enfolded over the course of several months and drew national attention to the Flint. On January 13, 2016, Ananich called for the state to refund the $2 million to the city; Ananich also requested further emergency funding from the state and a commitment to long-term funding to address the effects of the lead contamination.[14] Senator Ananich also sharply criticized the role emergency managers played in worsening the crisis and that the law allowing the positions should be reviewed and repealed. "It's been a failed project," he said. "There's absolutely no accountability with the government. They are trying to circumvent local democracy and say, 'This one individual knows best.'"[15] On January 20, 2016 Senator Ananich introduced Senate Resolution 0133 (2016) that would grant state lawmakers probing the Flint water crisis subpoena power over the Governor's office, which is immune to the state Freedom of Information Act.[16]

On February 23, 2016, the Michigan State Legislature started a committee to investigate the crisis chaired by Representative Jim Stamas and named Ananich as co-vice-chair along with Representative Ed McBroom.[17][18]

Elections

Position Election Year Votes Opponent's
Votes
Opponent
State Representative 2004
Primary
Lee Gonzales[7]
State Representative 2010 16,771 7,881 Allen Pool (R)[19]
State Senate 2013 8,728 2,640 Robert Daunt[13]
State Senate 2014 51,296 15,057 Brendt Gerics[20]

References

  1. ^ "State Senator Jim Ananich". Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(2of0yemjc33300vd2wx41zqq))/documents/2015-2016/michiganmanual/2015-MM-P0144-p0144.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ a b c d e f Demas, Susan J. (August 5, 2011). "Teachable Moments". Dome Magazine. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ a b Lara Mossa (October 8, 2010). "Newcomers take on veterans for State House seats". The Flint Journal. Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers.
  5. ^ "Biographical Information: Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich". Michigan Report (Gongwer News Service). Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Schuch, Sarah (November 11, 2014). "From a failed campaign, to Flint teacher, to Senate minority leader: Jim Ananich's political rise". Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Representative Jim Ananich (MI) Biographical Information". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ Raymer, Marjory (February 29, 2008). "Flint City Council President Carolyn Sims tells Rotary Club she will work with Mayor Don Williamson". MLive.com. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Lawlor, Joe (November 10, 2008). "Jim Ananich elected Flint City Council president; promises more conciliatory tone to try to reduce fighting between council and administration". MLive.com. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Franklin, Ebony (November 9, 2009). "Delrico Loyd to serve as Flint City Council president". The Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ Longley, Kristin (November 3, 2009). "Fresh faces make up new majority of Flint City Council". The Flint Journal. Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 2009.
  12. ^ DeFever, Dana (November 3, 2010). "Democrat Jim Ananich takes 49th District State House seat with 67 percent vote". The Flint Journal. Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ a b Schuch, Sarah (May 8, 2013). "State Rep. Jim Ananich's 27th District Senate win means two more special elections for Genesee County". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ Parkinson, Stephanie (January 13, 2016). "Sen. Ananich calls for emergency funding from the state to address Flint water crisis". WEYI-TV. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ Bosman, Julie (January 22, 2016). "Anger in Michigan Over Appointing Emergency Managers". New York Times. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ Ridley, Gary (March 1, 2016). "Senator wants subpoena power for Flint water crisis probe". The Flint Journal. Michigan Live. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ Ridley, Gary (February 23, 2016). "Flint water crisis to get fresh probe by state lawmakers". The Flint Journal. Michigan Live. Retrieved 2016.
  18. ^ "New Joint Committee to Review Flint Water Crisis". Targeted News Service. February 24, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  19. ^ Raymer, Marjory (November 3, 2010). "Genesee County election results at a glance". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 2011.
  20. ^ Schuch, Sarah (November 4, 2014). "2014 Flint area election results". The Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved 2018.

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Preceded by Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate
2015-present
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