Don Koivisto

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Don Koivisto
Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture
In office
September 5, 2007 – December 31, 2010
Governor Jennifer Granholm
Preceded by Mitch Irwin
Succeeded by Keith Creagh
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 38th district
In office
November 13, 1990 – December 31, 2002
Preceded by Joseph Mack
Succeeded by Michael Prusi
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 110th district
In office
January 1, 1981 – December 31, 1986
Preceded by Russell Hellman
Succeeded by Richard A. Sofio
Personal details
Born (1949-08-18) August 18, 1949 (age 67)
Ironwood, Michigan
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Central Michigan University

Donald W. Koivisto (born August 18, 1949) is a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.[1]

Political career[edit]

Koivisto was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1980. During his time there, he chaired the Agriculture Committee and helped write the state's right-to-farm act.[2][3] In 1990, Koivisto was elected a Michigan State Senator from the 38th district, succeeding Joe Mack who had represented much of the Upper Peninsula since 1960. Koivisto served as state senator until 2003 when he was term-limited. In August 2007, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture appointed Koivisto as Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture.[4][5]