Bio

DISTRICT
State Representative Jim Stamas was elected to his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2012, representing portions of Bay and Midland Counties. Within Bay County, Stamas represents the cities of Auburn, Pinconning and part of Midland and the townships of Beaver, Fraser, Garfield, Gibson, Mount Forest, Pinconning and Williams. Within Midland County, the District includes part of the city of Midland and the townships of Midland, Homer, Jerome, Larkin, Lee and Lincoln.

COMMITTEES
Stamas serves as majority floor leader of the Michigan House and chairs the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. He is also vice chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and Michigan Capitol Committee, a member of the Legislative Council and the House Fiscal Agency Governing Committees and serves on the appropriations subcommittees on community health and fiscal oversight.

EDUCATION
Stamas holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University and an associate’s degree in business management from Delta College.

PROFESSIONAL
Stamas is the owner and former general manager of Pizza Sam’s, the eatery in Midland the Stamas family has owned for nearly 50 years. Prior to running the family business, Stamas was self-employed as a realtor and was project manager at Case Systems.

PUBLIC OFFICES AND AFFILIATIONS
Stamas is a former two-term Midland County commissioner. He was a Midland Township trustee from 1997-2004. He served on the boards of the Midland Downtown Development Authority, Midland Downtown Business Association, and Midland County Planning Commission.

PERSONAL
Jim and wife, Marsha, have been married for more than 25 years, and have a daughter and a son.

PUBLIC SERVICE
Stamas served his country honorably in both the U.S. Army and the Michigan National Guard. In recognition of Jim’s effectiveness and leadership his colleagues elected him Majority Floor Leader, for the 96th Session of the Legislature. As Majority Floor Leader, Stamas is charged with setting the overall agenda and direction for the House of Representatives. It is Stamas’s responsibility as Majority Floor Leader to run the House agenda, call for votes and share responsibility for decisions on procedural matters.