State Representative Kristy Pagan is serving in her third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. She represents the 21st House District, which comprises the city of Belleville and the majorities of Canton and Van Buren townships. Rep. Pagan was reappointed to the powerful House Appropriations Committee for a third term. She will remain focused on increasing education funding as Democratic vice chairwoman of the School Aid and Department of Education Appropriations Subcommittee. She also serves as the Democratic vice chairwoman of the Corrections Appropriations Subcommittee and is a member of the Judiciary Appropriations Subcommittee.
Pagan was born in Belleville and raised in Canton, where she graduated from Salem High School. After graduating from Western Michigan University, Pagan, like many young people, struggled to find meaningful work in Michigan. Instead, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked in child nutrition policy for a nonprofit organization and took night classes to earn her master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University. Pagan went on to work in education policy with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
In 2011, Pagan moved back to her Michigan hometown and started her own business dedicated to civic and community engagement. In addition to running her small business in Canton, she worked at Wayne State University Law School, where she helped make higher education more accessible and affordable for students.
Pagan is very active in her community. She serves on the Canton Community Foundation Board of Directors and the Advisory Council for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program at Canton High School. Additionally, Pagan serves on the Board of Directors for Michigan Youth in Government program, and serves as a mentor for the “Lead Like a Girl” initiative in Canton.