Donna Lasinski

Member Spotlight

Donna Lasinski, State Representative — D- Ann Arbor

MY PROFESSION ... MYSELF

I have enjoyed a wide and varied career, including management consulting, serving as a large company executive and founder of my own company, ThinkStretch, which I created to help close the achievement gap that develops over the summer between students.

WHY I BECAME A STATE LAWMAKER

Over the years, as I raised my family, started my business and volunteered across my community, I became increasingly aware of how much the policies and programs that the state implements impact every aspect of our lives - positively and negatively. As our state struggles to balance the demands of the 21st century with an economy and infrastructure built on 20th century principles, I believe that my experiences and relationships can move us forward. Thankfully, voters across my district agreed!

MY CAMPAIGN EXPERIENCE

One of the great successes of my campaign was connecting with business supporters like the Michigan Chamber. In my district, and across the state, business owners understand that we need a state and an economic environment that supports our growth. As the engine of our economy, our skills can be used across many domains - and my business skills and supporters served me well as I knocked on doors, sent mailers and crossed the finish line successfully.

TOP LEGISLATIVE ISSUE

The challenge facing the State Legislature this year is the backlog of investment our state requires after years of delayed and deferred spending. As our economy improves, we must ensure we are not penny wise and pound foolish . Our roads and infrastructure are a hindrance to large and small businesses, as well as our daily lives. Our goal to be "Top 20 by '20" for our schools will require both a restoration of education funding as well as an acceleration of education innovation to meet the workforce needs of tomorrow. Balancing these needs, as outlined by the Governor's commissions, while encouraging continued economic growth, will be the tough work of the Legislature this session.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

What some people may not know about me is that my first job out of college was as a department store assistant buyer in CUeveland. I purchased $14 million worth of handbags a year and burned myself out on shopping for life!