State Rep. Aric Nesbitt was first elected to the Michigan House in November 2010. He represents the 66th District, which includes all of Van Buren County, and Alamo Township, Cooper Township and the city of Parchment in Kalamazoo County.
Nesbitt serves as the chair of the Committee on Energy Policy.
Nesbitt is a graduate of Lawton High School, attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College during high school, and worked his way through Hillsdale College, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also has a master’s degree in international business.
Most notably, Nesbitt has been known for his leading role in reforming Michigan’s energy policy. During his time as Chair of the House Energy Committee, Rep. Nesbitt has introduced and fought for legislation, which would secure long-term reliability of electricity for Michigan’s families by ensuring energy providers have the electric generation to fulfill Michigan’s energy needs.
Additionally, Nesbitt has worked to expand a new farmer-friendly regulatory program, the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) that creates new options for keeping Michigan safe, clean and productive. In 2011, Rep. Nesbitt eliminated the job-killing Michigan Business Tax on small businesses and replaced it with a 6% flat corporate tax, and eliminated dozens of special tax breaks and carve outs. Using experiences from growing up on his family’s farm, Nesbitt also spurred reform in education requirements by giving high school students more flexibility to explore career and vocational training in their curriculum.
Before being elected in 2010, Nesbitt was the lead Republican Staffer for the bipartisan Congressional Natural Gas Caucus and the Congressional Steel Caucus, fighting for the more American jobs, less dependence on foreign oil, and securing energy infrastructure. He also worked as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives. Early in his career, Nesbitt worked in the State House and State Senate for former State Senator Tom George.
Nesbitt grew up on a six-generation family dairy and grape farm south of Lawton in Porter Township and continues to reside in Porter Township. He is the son of Gordon and Ann Nesbitt and the middle of five children. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, Van Buren County Farm Bureau, South Haven Steelheaders, Paw Paw and South Haven Chambers of Commerce, and Van Buren and Allegan County Republican Parties. He has served as a Republican precinct delegate, on the Van Buren County Executive Committee, and a delegate to the Michigan State Republican Convention. Nesbitt is also a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a nonpartisan individual membership organization of state legislators which favors federalism and limited government public policy solutions.
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