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State Rep. John Cherry is serving his first term representing the 49th House District, which comprises the cities of Flushing, Mount Morris and Swartz Creek, and part of the city of Flint, and Flint and Mount Morris townships. 

Cherry is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in natural resources and environment before returning to receive his Masters of Public Policy. After graduation, Cherry worked in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Office of Science and Policy. Later he moved to the DNR’s grants management staff and was promoted to the Department’s performance management coordinator in 2011.

Prior to joining the Legislature, Cherry started a small business alongside his wife, Teresa.

Inspired by friends and family who instilled in him the importance of public service, Cherry decided to run for the position of Flint Charter Commission in 2015. He served as vice chair of the Commission, which proposed Flint’s first new charter in more than forty years. The charter, which put in place new provisions concerning ethics, accountability, transparency, and public involvement, passed in August of 2017.

From a young age, Cherry has had a deep love of the outdoors. Cherry’s grandparents were UAW retirees with a small cabin up-north to which they took their grandchildren every year. Cherry and his grandfather fished together regularly chasing salmon and steelhead in the rivers during fall and winter. He learned to bird hunt with his father and some of his most valued memories are walking fields and two-tracks with his father and the family dog. As an outdoorsman, Cherry values conserving our environment and making sure that Michigan always has wildplaces for our citizens to explore.

To be determined