Jim Ananich is the type of leader that will make personal sacrifices before asking the people he serves to go without.
During the recession, he voted to cut his own pay and refused to take any perks when he was on city council. He continues to push for reforms, voting to end lifetime benefits for politicians and finding savings for taxpayers in his own office budget.
A former teacher at Carman-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 investigating the crisis, as well as championing long-term solutions to make sure this never happens again.