Biography for Rep. LaGrand

State Representative David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids) is serving his first full term in the Michigan House of Representatives. He won a special election for the remainder of the 98th Legislature to fill the vacancy when former Rep. Brandon Dillon resigned to serve as chairman of the Michigan Democratic Primary.

Before his election to the House, LaGrand served on the Grand Rapids City Commission and the Grand Rapids Board of Education. He is also a small-business owner, starting a construction firm in college, Four Friends Coffee Shop in 1994 and Wealthy Street Bakery in 2002.

LaGrand worked as a lawyer at Warner, Norcross & Judd before serving eight years as a Kent county assistant prosecutor. He co-founded a private law firm in 2000 and another in 2007, now called LaGrand and Lowery PLLC. In his law practice, LaGrand concentrates on family and criminal law.

In the House, LaGrand is focused on improving the lives of Grand Rapidians, fully investing in education, supporting small businesses to help them create good-paying jobs, and protecting the environment.

A native of Grand Rapids, LaGrand lives in the city with his wife, Melissa. They have four children, and the family attends Eastern Avenue Christian Reform Church.