Jase Bolger is an entrepreneur having started multiple small businesses, including a Kalamazoo based business he founded in 1996 that brought work updating phone records for Fortune 100 companies to Michigan residents for 20 years.
After serving two terms on the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners, Bolger was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008 and he served as Speaker of the Michigan House from 2011-2014, until he reached his term limit.
During his tenure as Speaker, Michigan became a Right to Work state, the job-killing and complex Michigan Business Tax was repealed and the investment-punishing Personal Property Tax on business equipment was repealed for manufacturers and small businesses. Detroit’s longstanding insolvency was finally resolved through bankruptcy restructuring and state participation in its bankruptcy settlement. While Michigan had lost over 800,000 jobs and led the nation with an unemployment rate in excess of 14% in the prior decade, Michigan workers gained 400,000 jobs and unemployment fell to below 6% during his tenure.
In 2015, Bolger founded Tusker Strategies, LLC offering research, idea development, relationship building and strategic advice for political and public policy success to organizations in Michigan and across the country.
Bolger married to his high school sweetheart, Molly, in 1993. Together, they raised two great kids who are now adults building their own successes. Jase and Molly enjoy living in both Grand Rapids and Norton Shores, MI.