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Jim Ananich

Senate Minority Leader (D-27)

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich serves the 27th District in the Michigan Senate.

During his tenure in the legislature, Ananich has been at the forefront of addressing the Flint Water Crisis. He continues to push for answers and champion long-term solutions to the critical infrastructure, health, and economic needs the community now faces. Ananich led efforts to help create good-paying jobs, improve workforce development, prevent scrap metal theft and keep unused prescription drugs off the streets.

Prior to his inaugural term in the Senate, Ananich represented portions of Flint and Genesee County for one full term and one partial term in the Michigan House of Representatives. He also served four years on the Flint City Council, including one year as its president. He is a former civics and government teacher at Carman-Ainsworth and Flint Community Schools and worked as an education coordinator for Priority Children.

Ananich earned a bachelor’s degree in political economics from Michigan State University, as well as a secondary education certificate in social studies. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.

He lives in Flint with his wife, Andrea, and son, and Jacob.