Congressman John Moolenaar (R) from Michigan’s 4th Congressional District Visits Pine River High School and Middle School Students
Congressman John Moolenaar (R) from Michigan’s 4th Congressional District gave Pine River High and Middle School students a lesson in political science when he visited the school on Thursday (May 31). After an introduction, the Congressman from Midland fielded questions in townhall fashion from students and staff gathered in the high school cafeteria for roughly one hour.
Pine River eighth-grader Blaize Reetz commented, ¨I was excited to have him here and I liked that he was open to all of the questions we asked. He was easy to ask questions of and he interacted with everyone.¨ “The tone of his presentation was one of respect for the area and respect for the office he holds,” said Casey Barber, eighth-grade ELA teacher. Students presented a variety of questions ranging on issues from education to fiscal policy. He addressed the issue of gun violence and safety in Michigan schools. He also stressed the importance of government officials being available to serve the people and having officials reachable for the average man.
Moolenaar, a Michigan native, entered the private sector shortly after college and a career as chemist at Dow Chemical in Midland. He served one term in the Michigan Senate, and then two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives before running for the 4th district to serve Michigan in Washington DC. He currently serves on The House Ways and Means Committee to influence monetary policy at the national level.
Moolenaar spoke plainly about the issues of interest to Michigan natives. He has a special interest in the health of Michigan’s waterways and wetlands, and is spearheading an effort to appropriate funds to fix the aging Soo Locks in Sault St. Marie, Mich.