Jim Ananich

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Jim Ananich
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 27th district
Assumed office
Preceded by John J. Gleason[1]
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 49th district
In office
2011 – 2013 [1]
Preceded by Lee Gonzales[2]
City Councilor
In office
2005 – 2009[2]
Succeeded by Dale Weighill[3]
Constituency City of Flint 7th Ward
City Council President
In office
Succeeded by Delrico Loyd
Constituency City of Flint[2]
Personal details
Born James Ananich
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Andrea[4]
Relations James, father
Residence Flint
Alma mater Michigan State University[4]
University of Michigan-Flint
Profession teacher[4]
Website Friends of Jim Ananich (election site)

James Ananich, or Jim Ananich, is a politician from the State of Michigan. He is a Democratic Party member of the Michigan State Senate representing the 27th District, which is located in Genesee County and includes part of the city of Flint.



Ananich attend and graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics and a secondary teaching certificate. He also received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.[5] From 1998 to 2001, he worked for U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Flint. He then became a teacher in the Carman-Ainsworth and Flint Community School Districts from 2005 to 2009 teaching social studies.[6] He was later employed by Priority Children as an education coordinator until 2011.[5]

Political career[edit]

Ananich ran against Lee Gonzales for Michigan State Representative in the 2004 Democratic primary and lost.[4] The next year, he was elected to Flint City Council and serve until 2009. In 2009, Ananich served as the Council's President. He then ran for State Representative in 2010 winning against Allan Pool 67% to 33%.[2]

Ananich was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 7, 2012 in his run for reelection, which he won on November 6 with nearly 74 percent of the votes. He introduced a bill on February 5, 2013 to correct a law regarding the abuse of vulnerable adults changing how prosecuting attorneys prove their case and was signed into law on June 4, 2013.[6]

In 2013, with a vacancy due to John J. Gleason's resignation from the 27 District State Senate seat, he wins election to the position on May 7.[1] He introduced on October 23 a drive-by shooting incidents law that increased penalties which was passed and signed into law July 16, 2014. His scrap metal bill was sign into law on December 31. Ananich faced no opposition in the Democratic primary election on August 5, 2014.[6]

The Democratic State Senate caucus on November 6, 2014 selected Ananich to be the upcoming Senate Minority Leader.[6]

Position Election Year Votes Opponent's
State Representative 2004
Lee Gonzales[4]
State Representative 2010 16,771 7,881 Allen Pool (R)[7]


  1. ^ a b c Sarah Schuch. State Rep. Jim Ananich's 27th District Senate win means two more special elections for Genesee County. May 08, 2013. The Flint Journal. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e DeFever, Dana (November 3, 2010). "Democrat Jim Ananich takes 49th District State House seat with 67 percent vote". Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  3. ^ Longley, Kristin (November 3, 2009). "Fresh faces make up new majority of Flint City Council". Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan: BoothNewspapers). Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Representative Jim Ananich (MI) Biographical Information. Project Vote Smart. Retrieve on 03-08-2011.
  5. ^ a b Lara Mossa (October 8, 2010). "Newcomers take on veterans for State House seats". Flint Journal (Flint, Michigan: BoothNewspapers). 
  6. ^ a b c d Schuch, Sarah (November 11, 2014). "From a failed campaign, to Flint teacher, to Senate minority leader: Jim Ananich's political rise". Flint Journal (Mlive Media Group). Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Raymer, Marjory (November 3, 2010). "Genesee County election results at a glance". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 14 April 2011.