In November 2018, residents of Michigan’ 15th Senate District elected Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, to the state Senate, representing the cities of Northville, Novi, Orchard Lake, South Lyon, Walled Lake, and Wixom and the townships of Commerce, Lyon, Milford, Novi, West Bloomfield and White Lake.
Sen. Runestad has been appointed by his colleagues to serve as the assistant majority caucus chair. He also serves as chairman of the Finance Committee.
Prior to joining the Senate, Runestad served four years in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 44th District.
Runestad earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University with a concentration in history, economics and politics. Immediately after graduation, he began working in the insurance industry, and for the last 15 years Jim has been operating his own insurance company, Runestad Financial Associates LLC.
Prior to his election to the state House, Sen. Runestad spent three terms as an Oakland County commissioner, where he was chairman of both the Public Services Committee and Planning and Building Committee. During his six-year tenure, Runestad worked with various county commissions to improve the level of Friend of the Court services. He also assisted the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative on the Proposition 2 ballot initiative, ending race preferences in government hiring and education.
Runestad was an active member of the North Oakland Board of Realtors Legislative Affairs and Grievance Committees, as well as having been involved with other various activities with the local Chamber of Commerce, including Meals on Wheels.
In 2003, Runestad was elected to the Waterford Republican Club, where he assisted in reorganizing it into the North Oakland Republican Club.
Jim and his wife, Kathy, reside in White Lake Township. They’ve raised five children there: Joel, Justin, Lena, Lee and Kayla.
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