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Judy K. Emmons

Class Year: 2014

County: Montcalm

Title: State Senator, Michigan Senate

“4-H provided me the opportunity to learn from my failures yet not be defined by them. 4-H opened up the state and the world to a farm girl, and honed my parliamentary skills as well as public speaking. 4-H showed me the effect of government on every citizen….We live in the best country on Earth. As a public servant today, I still have the goal to ‘Make the best better!’”
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State Senator Judy Emmons serves in Michigan’s 33rd Senate District, which includes Clinton, Ionia, Isabella, and Montcalm counties. She has served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives where she served two years as majority vice-chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and two years as minority vice-chair of the Military Affairs, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee and also the Higher Education Committee. Senator Emmons continues to give back to her community. Growing up a member of the Fenwick 4-H Club, she has volunteered as a 4-H leader for 27 years. As a graduate of Central Montcalm Public Schools, she has served 12 years on the Central Montcalm Public Schools Board of Education, including six years as president of the board; four years on the Montcalm County Intermediate School District Board of Education; four years on the Central Montcalm Foundation Board of Directors; and as a member of the Montcalm Conservation District Board of Directors. Additionally, she was appointed by Gov. John Engler to serve on the Michigan Teacher Tenure Commission. An owner of a registered Holstein dairy farm for over three decades, Senator Emmons is a life-long member of the Michigan Holstein Association and the Holstein Association of America and serves as a member of the Michigan Farm Bureau and on the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors.