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State Senator Jim Ananich is serving his first term representing the residents of the 27th State Senate District, which includes the city of Flint and much of Genesee County. Prior to being elected to the Senate in a May 2013 special election, Senator Ananich served one term in the State House representing Michigan's 49th District.

Before coming to the House, Ananich served four years on the Flint City Council, including one year as its President. While on the City Council, he voted to cut his own pay by 15 percent and refused to take any Council perks. Since being elected to the Legislature, he has continued his push for reforms, voting to end lifetime benefits for politicians and finding savings for taxpayers in his own office budget. 

A former teacher at Carmen-Ainsworth and Flint Community Schools, Ananich also worked as an education coordinator for Priority Children, helping Genesee County youth secure internships and jobs.

Ananich graduated from Flint Central High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Economics from Michigan State University, as well as a secondary education certificate in social studies. He also earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.

During his time in the State Legislature, Jim has fought against cuts to school funding and tax hikes on middle-class families. He also led efforts to help create jobs, improve workforce development and prevent scrap metal theft. His bill to help keep unused prescription drugs off the streets was signed into law at the end of 2012.

Jim and his wife Andrea live in Flint. She teaches high school social studies and is involved in the League of Women Voters, Habitat for Humanity, and several other local groups.