Gary's Bio

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GG_official_House_photo_II.jpgRep. Gary Glenn has a track record of leadership, experience, hard work, and actually getting something done about many of the issues we talk about as Republicans, whether it's labor law reform, health care reform, education reform, or defending free market principles or traditional marriage and the family.

Gary in 2011 was a founding board member of the Michigan Freedom to Work coalition, mentoring legislators, union members, and conservative activists on how to promote the Right to Work issue and win its approval in Lansing.

The Mount Pleasant Morning Sun reported: “Glenn was critical in the effort by movement conservatives to pressure legislators and Gov. Rick Snyder for almost two years to pass and enact Right to Work legislation.”

Senator Pat Colbeck, R-Canton, state Senate sponsor of Michigan's new Right to Work law, told the Midland Daily News that Gary was "instrumental in pointing us in the right direction toward passage of the Freedom to Work law."

After his first year in office, Gary was named 2015 "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by the editor and reporters of the Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), the state Capitol's oldest daily news service. His selection from among 44 first-term state representatives and 10 first-term state senators was due largely to his leadership on the energy policy debate, MIRS said.

In 2015, Gary was also named the recipient of the National Right to Work Committee's highest honor, the Senator Everett M. Dirksen Award, for his lifetime commitment to workplace freedom and his leadership role in enacting Right to Work laws in Michigan and in Idaho.

President of the American Family Association of Michigan since 1999, Gary is also one of two co-authors of the Marriage Protection Amendment approved by Michigan voters in 2004, including by 61 percent of the vote in the 98th House District. For his leadership on issues affecting marriage and the family, Gary in 2010 was honored during a banquet on the campus of Notre Dame University as “Citizen of the Year” by Citizens for Community Values.

Gary served in the late 1990s as president of School Choice YES!, a Michigan ballot campaign committee to promote the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s “Universal Tuition Tax Credit,” a proposal endorsed by 72 percent of all Republican federal, state, and legislative candidates in 1998. He also served on MCPP staff as School Choice project director.

Elected to two terms as a Republican county commissioner earlier in the 1990s, Gary championed private property rights, lower taxes, less government spending, term limits, and reducing regulatory obstacles to economic development. For his defense of traditional family values as an elected official, Gary was named a "Hometown Hero" by Focus on the Family's Citizen magazine and "Statesman of the Year" by a state affiliate of Focus.

Two decades ago, Gary was considered a national leader in free market-based health care reform. As commissioner, he authored the first Medical Savings Account plan for county employees anywhere in America. He was invited to testify before Congress, was featured in a news conference by Republican members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, was described by a U.S. House committee’s senior policy director as a national “pioneer” in free market health care reform, and was cited during U.S. Senate floor debate on the Kennedy-Kassebaum health care reform legislation.

Gary_and_Charlton_Heston_II.jpgAs executive director of the Idaho Freedom to Work Committee in the 1980s, Gary led the successful effort to pass a Right to Work law in Idaho -- first winning legislative support and overriding a Democratic governor's veto, then successfully defending the new law on the ballot despite being outspent three-to-one. For his leadership of that effort, Gary was named co-recipient — with epic Hollywood actor Charlton Heston of St. Helen, Michigan — of the Center for the Study of Market Alternatives’ 1987 “Freedom Fighter of the Year” award. Gary persuaded Heston, a former president of the Screen Actors Guild, AFL-CIO, to appear in television advertisements and campaign events urging voter support for Right to Work.

As executive vice president of a statewide agricultural trade association in the late 1980s, Gary was a prominent spokesman for the economic interests of farmers and ranchers, generating record-high membership and dues revenue for the association in the process. Gary is now an associate member of the Midland County Farm Bureau.

Gary served as region chairman and state executive committee member of the Idaho Republican Party in the 1990s, as Young Republican national committeeman, an alternate or delegate to half a dozen state GOP conventions, and a George H. W. Bush alternate to the 1988 Republican National Convention. He has been a Republican precinct delegate in Larkin Township since 1998, a delegate or alternate to multiple Michigan Republican Party state conventions, and was a Mike Huckabee alternate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. As an elected official, he is a member of the executive committee of the Midland County Republican Party.

In 2012, Gary ran in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, in which he was endorsed by a statewide coalition of four dozen local TEA Party organizations (including our local We the People of Mid-Michigan), Right to Life of Michigan, National Right to Work PAC, National Association for Gun Rights, and former presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee. Gary's campaign gathered over 27,000 signatures on his statewide nominating petition, more than any other Republican candidate.

Gary enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves during the Persian Gulf War buildup in 1990 and served eight years in the Reserves and Army National Guard, including with Midland's 1460th Transportation Company. He was named "Honor Graduate" of both Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. He qualified as an "expert" marksman and won two U.S. Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals. He is a member of Midland's American Legion Post 165 and chairman of the state affiliate of Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, a small non-profit military memorial and readiness organization.

Gary_and_Annette.jpgGary and his wife Annette live in Larkin Township. They have five children who have earned degrees from Midland High, Bay City Western, and Delta College. Their youngest son is a senior at Calvary Baptist Academy. They also have four grandchildren.

Gary is a member of Midland Baptist Church, the National Rifle Association, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, and was a founding board member of the new Midland Optimist Club.