Jase Bolger is an entrepreneur having started multiple small businesses including a Kalamazoo based business he founded in 1996 that updates phone records for Fortune 100 companies across the country.
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his tenure as Speaker, Michigan became a Right to Work state, the job-killing and complex Michigan Business Tax was repealed and the investment-punishing Personal Property Tax on business equipment was repealed for manufacturers and small businesses.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. They have two children who are now in college. Jase and Molly enjoy living in both Marshall and Grand Rapids, MI.