LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jon Bumstead on Tuesday announced his office has brought in Diane Schindlbeck to assist with the senator’s district operations.
Schindlbeck, who now serves as the senator’s district representative, is from the Fremont area and brings to the senator’s office years of experience working as a small business owner in West Michigan.
“My staff and I are happy to welcome Diane to the team,” said state Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “Her experience as a small business owner will be a terrific asset as we continue working toward getting people safely back to work and rebuilding our economy.”
Schindlbeck owns and operates a restaurant in Fremont as well as a nonprofit K-9 training and advocacy center that focuses primarily on educating and advocating the many uses and benefits of utilizing K-9 assistance in all areas of law enforcement, search and rescue and disaster work.
She has also been involved with several West Michigan boards and committees, including: The Spring Lake Rotary Club; the Michigan Prosperity Project; the Spring Lake Heritage Festival; St. Mary’s Catholic School; and both the Muskegon and Grand Haven chambers of commerce.
Bumstead noted that Schindlbeck will offer a helpful perspective as the state continues to navigate statewide shutdowns because her business has faced significant burdens as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and even more so resulting from the subsequent shutdowns of bars and restaurants.
“Diane brings with her an excellent knowledge of the importance of small businesses in our communities but also has firsthand experience of the damage these shutdowns are causing,” Bumstead said. “As we work to safely get Michigan back up and running, I look forward to the wealth of experience Diane will surely bring to the table.”
As the Michigan Legislature begins the new 2021-2022 session, Bumstead remains focused on helping the residents of Michigan’s 34th Senate District. Throughout the first two years of his term, Bumstead has assisted residents facing a variety of issues at the state level — from issues with their unemployment aid to assisting families obtain shoreline erosion permits.
“I have always been committed to helping families navigate the often-complex system of state government,” Bumstead said. “Hiring Diane furthers the commitment my staff and I have made to helping residents and families throughout the district.”