The 91st District encompasses part of Muskegon County including the cities of Norton Shores, Roosevelt Park, Whitehall and Montague. It is currently served by Holly Hughes, R-Montague, who cannot run for re-election next year because of the state’s term limits.
“I have dedicated my career to public service for the people of West Michigan and Muskegon,” VanWoerkom said. “I understand the issues impacting our area and have worked to solve the problems that we all face. I am ready from day one to serve and deliver results for the people of Muskegon County.”
VanWoerkom is currently the district director for U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland. He formerly served as the senior policy adviser to then-U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra in Washington, D.C.
“Every day, I work one-on-one with individuals to help them with their government,” VanWoerkom said. “I have worked behind the scenes on some (of) the most impactful projects West Michigan has undergone, including environmental cleanups, infrastructure improvements and protecting good-paying jobs in Muskegon County. I take to heart the Ronald Reagan adage, ‘There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.’”
VanWoerkom obtained a bachelor's degree from Calvin College and a master’s degree from George Washington University in political leadership. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children. He currently serves on the board for the United Way of the Lakeshore and as the board president of Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School.