Kim LaSata was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2016. She represents the 79th District, which includes part of Berrien County including the cities of Coloma, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Bridgman and Watervliet as well as the townships of Bainbridge, Benton, Coloma, Hagar, Lake Charter, Lincoln, Royalton, St. Joseph and Watervliet.
Rep. LaSata serves on the House Committee on Appropriations. She is Chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, and a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development and Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittees.
Rep. LaSata graduated from Lake Michigan Catholic High School in St. Joseph. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Master’s degree in Literacy Studies from Western Michigan University.
Rep. LaSata has taught fifth grade at Lake Michigan Catholic Schools since 2006 and was Teacher of the Year in 2015.
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Rep. LaSata has been active in many community organizations, serving as past president of Berrien County Guardianship Services Inc., Women’s’ Service League, Capstone Center and vice-chair of Child and Family Services.
Kim and her husband Charlie and their four children live in Bainbridge Township.