Tom Casperson will run for U.S. Congress, representing Michigan’s 1st Congressional District. Casperson will officially make his announcement that he will be running for congress – Monday, November 9th in both Escanaba and Traverse City.
Sen. Casperson’s first stop will be at 8:45 am at Roland Machinery Company – 2600 S. Lincoln Road, in Escanaba. Then he will be at Northwestern Michigan College’s Parsons Stulen Building – 2600 Aero-Park Drive – Traverse City at 3:00pm.
Casperson confirms he’ll seek the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek M.D. Back in September Dr. Benishek announced he will not seek a fourth term in the house – choosing to stick to a three term limit he set for himself back in 2010.
Tom Casperson served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate, and was re-elected for a second term in 2014.
Prior to being elected to the legislature, Casperson worked for 27 years in his family’s log trucking business, including 12 years as its owner and operator. That business, Casperson & Son Trucking, was started by his grandfather.
While in the House, Casperson served as an Assistant Majority Whip and as Chair of the House Conservation, Forestry and Outdoor Recreation Committee and Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee. In the Senate, Casperson serves as chair of the Transportation Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Senate’s Families, Seniors, and Human Services Committee and Finance Committees.
Casperson and his wife Diane, whom he married in 1982, continue to reside in Escanaba with two of their four children: Hillary and Dane. Their son Tom is a recent graduate of the engineering program at Western Michigan University, while their daughter Ashley lives in San Diego with her husband, Chan, who serves in the U.S. Navy, and their daughter, Oaklyn.
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