Daire Rendon

DISTRICT 103

State Representative Daire Rendon of Lake City was first elected in November 2016 to the Michigan House and represents the residents of Missaukee, Crawford, Kalkaska, Roscommon and Ogemaw counties.

PROFESSIONAL

Rendon started her career as a government employee at the Social Security Administration in Grand Rapids, but moved into the private sector when she bought her first business in Cadillac, Michigan in 1988. Check Alert Systems was a licensed collection agency that recovered bad checks written to businesses and verified bad checking account data at the point of sale. When she sold that business in 2011, Rendon moved her entire business model and personnel to a company she started in 2001 and still operates today; Dragon Payment Systems (DPS). Located in Lake City, the staff at DPS provides virtual customer service to monitored security companies located in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Nashville.

PUBLIC OFFICE

Rendon was appointed by Gov. John Engler and reappointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Bureau of Consumer and Industry Services, where she served as a member of the Michigan Collection Practices Advisory Board. She has served as the chairperson of the Michigan Home Builders Associate Council and as president of the Michigan Association of Collection Agencies.

PERSONAL

Daire has been married to her husband Bruce for more than 43 years. They have two married daughters and three grandchildren. Daire and her family attend St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Lake City where they have lived for over 30 years. Daire is a cancer survivor who received an adult stem cell transplant at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit in 2007. Long before her own diagnosis, Daire was a supporter of the American Cancer Society, participating in the Wexford County Relay for Life, before chairing Missaukee County’s first-ever Relay for Life in 1998.

Darwin Booher

Senator Darwin Booher was re-elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2014 representing the 35th District, which includes Benzie, Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, and Wexford counties.

COMMITTEES

Booher chairs the Senate Banking & Financial Institutions Committee, and serves as a member of the Agriculture and Education committees for the 2014-18 legislative term. He also serves as a member of the important Senate Appro-priations Committee, where he chairs the Capital Outlay and Community Colleges subcommittees. Booher also serves on the Appropriations subcommittees for the departments of Natural Resources (DNR), and General Government. He also serves as Assistant Majority Caucus Whip for the Republican Caucus.

EDUCATION

Sen. Booher is a graduate of Evart High School, the University of Madison, Bank School and Michigan Assessor’s School.

PROFESSIONAL

Prior to his election to the Senate, Booher served three terms in the Michigan House. He was first elected in 2004 to represent residents of Osceola, Mecosta and Wexford counties. Booher served on the House Appropriations Committee for his entire career in House, serving as caucus chair on subcommittees for community colleges, natural resources, special governmental operations, and the House Banking and Financial Services Committee. As a legislator, Booher has earned the following recognitions:

Champion of Commerce Award from the Michigan Chamber

Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Association of Timbermen in 2008

Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Township Association in 2009 and 2012

Michigan Township Association Legislator of the Year in 2012

Michigan Association of Counties Legislator of the Year in 2012

State Friend of MSU Extension in 2012

Friend of Public Health by the Michigan Local Public Health Association 2014

Booher worked as sales manager at Citizens Bank and as vice-president of Bank One for a combined 40 years, as well as farming his entire life. For 28 years he owned and operated a small business.

PAST PUBLIC AFFILIATIONS

Booher served 28 years as Osceola Township supervisor and assessor. He was on the Board of Trustees for Spectrum Health, Reed City Campus and in 1994 was appointed by Gov. John Engler as a Freedom Force to Russia member to explore mutual opportunities between the two nations. Booher also was a charter member of the Evart Downtown Development Association (1984-2000) and the Local Development Finance Commission (1990-2004).

PERSONAL

Darwin and his wife Jan have been married for fifty years. They raised four children and now enjoy spending time with their six grandchildren. They have also hosted ten exchange students from all over the world.

Booher is an avid outdoorsman and a member of the National Rifle Association. He is a past-president of the Evart Jaycees and a life member of the Evart Historical Society and Evart Chamber of Commerce.