Michigan State House, District 60
Jon Hoadley is openly gay, a person of faith and the President and owner of Badlands Strategies, a progressive public affairs firm specializing in coalition management, fundraising, donor advising, and advocacy campaigns. Current and past clients include progressive champions like Bridget Mary McCormack for the Michigan Supreme Court and the Unity Michigan Coalition which has helped more than 380,000 Michigan residents receive nondiscrimination protections. Hoadley has worked with labor groups, women’s rights groups, and other progressive organizations to tell their stories. Hoadley also managed the One Kalamazoo campaign to defend the Kalamazoo Non-Discrimination Ordinance and also played an integral role in a similar campaign in Royal Oak. As a result of that victory, Hoadley regularly consults on nondiscrimination campaigns across the country.
Previously Hoadley has served as Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats, worked for the Gill Action Fund, and managed South Dakotans Against Discrimination. In the community, Hoadley serves as the Vice President on the board of CARES, an HIV/AIDS Service Organization in Southwest Michigan. Jon is also on the board of the Michigan Democratic Party Executive Committee and is on the board of the Justice Caucus. Jon is the recipient of the Norman Lear Alumni Award from People For The American Way and regularly trains with the Front Lines Leaders Academy to prepare the next generation of progressive public servants.
Since being elected to the legislature, Jon has pushed for education, economic fairness, and social inclusiveness. Jon has also become a leading voice on non-partisan redistricting, good government reforms, and gun violence reduction. Hoadley has consistently fought against legislation that takes money out of our schools or damages our environment. Hoadley also advocated for equal pay for equal work and infrastructure investment. Finally, Jon was the lead sponsor on legislation to protect LGBT people under Michigan’s civil rights ordinance.