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Vern Ehlers

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Vern Ehlers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 3rd district
In office
December 7, 1993 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byPaul Henry
Succeeded byJustin Amash
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 32nd district
In office
Preceded byPaul B. Henry
Succeeded byLeon Stille
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 93rd district
In office
Preceded byJohn Otterbacher
Succeeded byRichard Bandstra
Personal details
Vernon James Ehlers

(1934-02-06)February 6, 1934
Pipestone, Minnesota
DiedAugust 15, 2017(2017-08-15) (aged 83)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Johanna Ehlers
Alma materCalvin College
University of California, Berkeley
Occupationcollege professor

Vernon James "Vern" Ehlers (February 6, 1934 – August 15, 2017) was the former U.S. Representative for Michigan's 3rd congressional district, having served from 1993 until 2011. He was a member of the Republican Party.

Ehlers was the first research physicist to be elected to Congress;[1] he was later joined by Rush Holt, Jr. (D-NJ) and Bill Foster (D-IL).

Ehlers served on the Kent County Board of Commissioners from 1975 to 1982. Ehlers served from 1983 to 1985 in the Michigan House of Representatives and then served from 1985 to 1993 in the Michigan Senate.[2]

Ehlers died on August 15, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Cornelia Dean (2008-07-10). "Physicists in Congress Calculate Their Influence". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
  2. "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  3. Hulett, Sarah. "Former Congressman Vernon Ehlers dies". Retrieved 17 August 2017.

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