Lisa Posthumus Lyons is a life-long resident of Kent County. She represented the people of Michigan and the 86th District in the House of Representatives since her first election in 2010. She was re-elected with overwhelming margins in 2012 and 2014, and is serving her third and final term.
A strong voice for our West Michigan values, Lisa has worked tirelessly to reform and modernize state government on behalf of Michigan’s hardworking taxpayers. In the House, she championed legislation to provide property tax relief, protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and ensure all kids have access to quality education. Lisa is proud to have put people back to work and have helped Michigan turn the corner away from the lost decade.
As chairwoman of the House Elections Committee, Lisa has worked closely with the Secretary of State, Kent County clerks, and elections administrators to modernize Michigan’s outdated election equipment, increase transparency and reporting for political campaigns, and ensure elections put people ahead of politics.
Among her key efforts are leading the fight for secure, no-reason absentee voting for our citizens, advocating for state funding to replace our state’s aging voting equipment, and consolidating Michigan’s low-turnout election dates to save local governments money and protect the taxpayers from having important tax questions in elections where few voters participate.
Lisa received her Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Agricultural and Natural Resources Communications. Prior to being elected to the House, she was the Director of Public Policy & Community Outreach for the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS and the Commercial Alliance of REALTORS.
As the former Secretary of the Bowne Township Planning Commission, Lisa strived 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.
Lisa is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 305, the Alto Lions Club, the National Rifle Association, and the Kent County Farm Bureau. She is also serving as Vice Chair of the Kent County Republican Party.
Lisa and her husband Brad, a Kent County Sheriff’s deputy, were Lowell High School sweethearts. They are raising their four children – Easton, 11; Charlie 10; Gage 7; and Fisher, 6 – on the family’s fourth generation farm in Alto.
The Lyons family praises and worships at Ada Bible Church. They spend their spare time hunting, fishing, going to the kid’s sports activities, and participating in 4-H.