Andrea LaFontaine, left, quit her job on Saturday as a waitress at the Country Kitchen Restaurant. She started there at 13, and kept the job while working her way through college and graduate school. She will have her MA in August.
Andrea, 23, starts her new job at noon today when she is sworn in as the youngest member of the Michigan House of Representatives. She rode the GOP wave and defeated the Democratic incumbent. She was motivated to run because so many young people have left Michigan in search of jobs.
Andrea says “Small businesses are job creators and the Michigan Business Tax is suffocating small businesses.” Her other priorities are to cut regulations and to balance the budget. She had a small army of volunteers and carried her home town by a 2 to 1 margin. This allowed her to defeat the Democrat by 6%.
She says “I have two years to make a difference and if I don’t do it then I don’t deserve to have this job again.” She is not the youngest member in state history. John Engler (R) was just 22 when he entered the House, and went on to be Governor from 1990 to 2002.