About Dan Scripps
"The people of Northwest Michigan deserve better than what they're getting from state government. I'm running for State Representative to again give local people a voice, a seat at the table. We need a Representative who listens to the people of Northwest Michigan and can be effective in Lansing on their behalf." - Dan Scripps
A NATIONAL REPUTATION. A LOCAL COMMITMENT.
Dan Scripps is a Democrat running to represent the people of Mason, Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau counties in the Michigan House of Representatives. An attorney by background, Scripps currently works with the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council to foster a more business-friendly environment for the advanced energy industry in Michigan as well as leading community-based energy projects with the Institute for Energy Innovation.
A nationally recognized leader on energy finance, Dan has testified before Congress and numerous state legislative energy and budget committees on strategies to increase the availability of private sector funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency, advanced transportation, and smart grid projects.
Dan grew up in a family that instilled in him the importance of public service. As a high school student he worked with his church to set up a community café that offered groceries and a weekly meal to low income members of the community. It’s that commitment to serving others that defines Dan, calling him to public service.
Scripps previously represented the 101st District in the Michigan House during some of the toughest times in Michigan history. As our State Representative, Dan chaired the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services, using his position to help local families facing foreclosure keep their homes. He also led efforts to promote advanced energy, spur job creation, protect the Great Lakes, and reform Michigan’s election laws to empower ordinary citizens, not the special interests. Faced with a challenging budget environment, Scripps was a strong and consistent supporter of local schools, opposing every single cut to education funding while championing common sense reforms.
Scripps also had an active local presence, talking with residents at monthly coffee hours in each of the four counties in the 101st District, hosting dozens of district events, and helping hundreds of constituents with issues ranging from unemployment insurance and job training to dealing with state agencies.
Following his time in the State House, Scripps worked as an energy attorney with Latham & Watkins LLP, a leading global law firm, where he helped develop and implement the nation’s first Green Bank and advised on three of Project Finance magazine’s “Deals of the Year.” Scripps previously worked with the Leelanau Conservancy to create their FarmAbility program, which helps local farmers and growers preserve their land for future generations – a project Michigan Farm Bureau called “one of the most innovative privately-funded farmland preservation programs in the country.” Dan is currently leading the development of the Grand Rapids 2030 District, a groundbreaking high-performance building district in downtown Grand Rapids focused on reducing energy and water use and transportation emissions to encourage more efficient, more comfortable, more profitable buildings and a more vibrant downtown.
Between college and law school, Dan worked on a number of political campaigns, including working in the national headquarters of Bill Bradley’s campaign for president, helping to elect a member of the first Scottish Parliament since 1707, and working for State Board of Education President John Austin.
Dan Scripps lives in Northport with his wife Jamie and two sons, Jack and Nicol. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, and has a B.A. from Alma College.
A RECORD OF ACTION
- Nationally-recognized energy expert who has has testified before Congress and numerous state legislative energy and budget committees on energy innovation and finance.
- Worked with the Coalition for Green Capital to develop and implement the nation's first "Green Bank."
- Worked on regulatory and finance issues at a leading global law firm, including advising on three Project Finance Magazine "Deals of the Year."
- Worked with the Leelanau Conservancy on a nationally-recognized program to help farmers and growers preserve their land for future generations.
- Founding Champion of the Center for Michigan's "Michigan's Defining Moment" campaign.
- Recognized by both the Traverse City Business News and the Grand Rapids Business Journal as part of annual "40 Under 40" classes.
- Voted against every single cut to education during difficult budget times while supporting common sense reforms.
- Formed the bipartisan "School Equity Caucus" to make sure local kids get the same opportunities as kids downstate.
- Served on the Board of Directors of a nationally-recognized early childhood education center.
- Co-chaired the bipartisan, bicameral "Children's Caucus" to raise legislative awareness of the benefits and impact of quality early learning opportunities.
- Lifetime 100% pro-environment voting record from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.
- Served as chair of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters' Electoral Advisory Committee.
- Honored with 2011 Milliken New Generation Leadership Award by the Michigan Land Use Institute (now Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities).