I’m David LaGrand and I’m running to be your State Representative. The son of a minister and teacher, I was born in Grand Rapids and went to school here. My wife, Melissa, and I are raising our four children in Grand Rapids and we’ve invested in our community by opening several small businesses here, including Four Friends Coffee House, the Wealthy and Hall Street Bakeries, and Long Road Distillers. I’ve served our community as an Assistant Kent County Prosecutor, a City Commissioner, and a Grand Rapids Public School Board member. As your voice in the State House, I will work for good policy that helps all our citizens and strengthens our communities.
David LaGrand was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 13, 1966. He began studies at Calvin College in 1984 and he supported himself throughout his higher education by starting his first business, a construction firm. During his time at Calvin College, David was actively involved in the student newspaper and created and funded a minority scholarship fund with other student leaders
David graduated from Calvin College in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. After graduate work in History at the University of Michigan, David earned a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1992. When David returned to Grand Rapids, he worked at Warner, Norcross & Judd before serving for eight years as an Assistant Kent County Prosecutor. In the prosecutor’s office, David concentrated on upholding convictions on appeal and on prosecuting domestic violence crimes.
In 2000, David joined Gerald Lykins to form a private law firm. In 2007, he joined with Chris Yates and Paul Denenfeld to form Yates, LaGrand and Denenfeld PLLC which is now LaGrand and Lowery PLLC. Currently David concentrates his practice in the areas of family and criminal law. Some of his greatest achievements involve working with his clients and their community to seek socially responsible solutions to the breach of law.
David has also been active in the West Michigan business community. Shortly after returning to Grand Rapids in early 1994, David and Melissa and two college friends opened the successful Four Friends Coffee Shop in downtown Grand Rapids, at the leading edge of what has been a rapid revitalization of downtown.
In 2002, the LaGrands and their neighbors opened the Wealthy Street Bakery in another revitalizing area of Grand Rapids. This unique bakery and coffee shop now employs 25 people and has received numerous awards and national recognition for both facility rehabilitation and business success.
David was elected to the Grand Rapids City Commission in 2007 and helped the city through difficult economic times. David was elected to the Grand Rapids Board of Education in 2012 and has helped implement a restorative justice program as well as various environmental initiatives.
David lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Melissa and their four children, John (22), Issac (19), Helen (15), and Julia (11). He and his family are members of Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church.
Financial Disclosure, October 2016
I have voluntarily disclosed my personal finances – ownership in real estate and businesses – because citizens have the right to know where their elected officials have financial interests. I am very careful to avoid conflicts of interest in my work representing the people of the 75th District and the citizens of Michigan. I believe that elected officials should be required to be transparent so citizens can monitor and consider the existence of real or apparent self-interested acts by their elected officials.
Currently, Michigan does not require elected officials or candidates to disclose their finances. In the coming months, I will be working on legislation to change that.
Other than our home at 255 College Ave SE in Grand Rapids and our cars, my wife Melissa LaGrand and I own the following substantial assets:
Residential Property at 556 Wealthy St SE in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Vacation home at 3421 N. Lakeshore in Holland, Michigan.
10% interest in an extended family vacation home in Park Township, Ottawa County, Michigan.
100% interest in LaGrand Law: A lawfirm in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
50% interest in Long Road Distillers, LLC: A distillery in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
100% interest in New Urbanist, Inc: A company owning a warehouse in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
100% interest in River Bed Investors LLC: A company owning a commercial property at 537 Leonard NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
50% interest in Compass Distillers: A distillery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
50% Investment in Proverbs 23:13 LLC, owns a building on Kalamazoo Ave.
100 % interest in Egypt Valley Angus LLC: A farm in Cannon Township, Kent County, Michigan.
Shares of Grand River Bank.