State Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons was first elected in 2010 to the Michigan House representing the residents of eastern Kent County. Representative Lyons was then re-elected to serve the residents of the 86th District in 2012, however the districts apportionment has changed. The 86th House district now makes up portions of Kent and Ionia County including the cities of Belding, Ionia and Lowell as well as the townships of Easton, Ionia, Orleans, Otisco, Ada, Bowne, Caledonia, Cascade, Grattan, Lowell and Vergennes.
Representative Lyons was formerly the Director of Public Policy & Community Outreach for the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors and the Commercial Alliance of Realtors. Prior to that, Lyons managed a House campaign and worked as a staff member in the Michigan House and Senate. There, she gained a first-hand knowledge and understanding of the legislative process.
For the 2013-14 legislative term, Lyons will chair the House Education Committee and the Elections and Ethics Committee. She also will serve on the committees on Financial Services; Insurance; Tax Policy; and the Legislative Council.
Representative Lyons is a life-long resident of West Michigan. She is the fourth generation to own their family’s family farm in Alto, Michigan. She married her high school sweetheart Brad, who is a Deputy Sheriff in Kent County. Together they are raising their four children: Easton, Charlie, Gage, and Fisher. She spends her spare time coaching the kids’ YMCA soccer team, and enjoying Michigan’s great outdoors with her family, going fishing, hunting, and exploring. Her family praises and worships at Ada Bible Church.
Representative Lyons graduated from Lowell High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University, where she majored in Agricultural & Natural Resources Communications. She spent time overseas studying food and agricultural systems in Ireland, Scotland, and England.
Representative Lyons believes that citizens have a responsibility to serve their community, state, and nation. Lyons formerly served as Secretary of the Bowne Township Planning Commission, striving to ensure the township is a great place to work, live, and raise a family through common sense policy decisions. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Alpha Women’s Center in Grand Rapids, a crisis pregnancy counseling center whose mission is to show compassion and love to families facing unplanned pregnancy and to seek mercy for the unborn. She is also privileged to serve as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 305 for many years.