State Rep. Gary Howell was elected to serve the 82nd House District in March, 2016. The 82nd House District includes all of Lapeer County.
Rep. Howell is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan law school.
Rep. Howell is a lifelong farmer who continues a farm partnership with his son, John, in North Branch. He served as a township, city and village attorney for 40 years.
PUBLIC OFFICE AND AFFILIATIONS
Rep. Howell has been a member of the Farm Bureau for 34 years, receiving the 2005 Distinguished Service to Agriculture award. He is an active supporter of 4-H and FFA programs. He was elected to the Lapeer County Road Commission in 2012 and served as chairman from 2013 to 2016. Rep. Howell is a past president of the Lapeer County Bar Association. He has served as a township trustee and planning commissioner. He was the Lapeer County Intermediate Board of Education president, and previously served as the North Branch School Board president. Rep. Howell is a charter member of the Lapeer County Economic Club and is a member of the Lapeer County Historical Society. He is also a member of the Lapeer and Imlay City Chambers of Commerce, the National Rifle Association and Right to Life of Michigan.
Representative Howell serves as chairman of the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee and is a member on the Judiciary, Local Government and Municipal Finance, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
Rep. Howell and his wife, Cheryl, have three children and four grandchildren. He is a member of the United Methodist Church. Rep. Howell is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served overseas in Korea, and is a life member of Lapeer American Legion Post 16 and is a life member of the Lapeer Veterans of Foreign Wars post.