Wade Van Valkenburg
|Wade Van Valkenburg|
|54th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives|
January 14, 1953 – December 31, 1956
|Governor||G. Mennen Williams|
|Preceded by||Victor A. Knox|
|Succeeded by||George Van Peursem|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 1st Kalamazoo district
|Judge for Michigan's 9th Circuit|
January 16, 1899|
|Died||November 20, 1985
|Alma mater||Detroit College of Law
University of Michigan
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
After losing in the primary election in 1944, Van Valkenburg was elected to represent the 1st Kalamazoo district in the State House in 1946 and served until 1956. He was elected Speaker of the House for his final four years.
Nine years after leaving the House, Van Valkenburg became a circuit judge for Michigan's 9th Circuit, which consists of Kalamazoo County, where he served for three years. He was a member of the Freemasons, the Shriners, Kiwanis, and the American Legion.
Van Valkenburg died on November 20, 1985 in Kalamazoo.
In 2004, the Wade Van Valkenburg Trust established a scholarship program for students in Kalamazoo County who have been found guilty of a criminal offense and who can demonstrate how they have overcome adversity in their life.
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