About Senator Ananich
State Senator Jim Ananich was elected Senate Democratic Leader by his peers following his reelection to the Senate in 2014. He is serving his first full term in the State Senate after he won a special election in 2013 to fill the vacant 27th District seat. He proudly represents the people of Burton, Clio, Flint, Flint Township, Forest Township, Genesee Township, Mount Morris, Mount Morris Township, Richfield Township, Swartz Creek, Thetford Township, and Vienna Township.
Before coming to the Senate, Ananich served Genesee County for two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. He also previously spent 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 State House, 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 train Genesee County youth to 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.
Ananich has been at the forefront of addressing the Flint Water Crisis. He continues to push for answers as a member of the bicameral, bipartisan panel investigating the crisis, as well as championing long-term solutions to the critical infrastructure, health, and economic needs now facing the community.
Jim lives in Flint with his wife and son, Andrea and Jacob, as well as their dog, Maddie. Andrea is a high school social studies teacher and is involved in the League of Women Voters, Habitat for Humanity and several other local groups.