2012 Special Olympics Polar Plunge Legislator of the Year announcement With my wife Diana, and sons Mitch & Nick
Jeff Farrington is the State Representative for Utica, western Sterling Heights and southeast Shelby Township. The State Rep race in 2010 was the first election he ever ran in and did so to help create an environment in Michigan that is condusive to job growth. There are many subjects to address in the legislature, but keeping our families here in Michigan is Jeff's first priority.
Here's a little background to help you get to know Jeff:
Born and raised in Utica, Jeff graduated from Utica High School in 1983 and was a member of their championship baseball team as a pitcher and third baseman. On the geeky side, he was also a high school national finalist in D.E.C.A. He met his high school sweetheart and bride of 28 years, Diana Corning.
Over a ten year period Jeff balanced family, work and school attending Macomb Community College, then earning a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree at Walsh College in 1988 and a Master's degree in 1993 from Walsh. This experience demonstrated to him the importance of a good education and he wants to make sure it's available for the next generation.
Jeff's work career has not been one spent in politics. He's a business person by trade and proud of it. Jeff spent a lifetime helping others find good jobs as a professional in the staffing industry. Much of his career was spent with a national staffing firm where he worked his way up from the bottom, eventually becoming a Vice President at the age of 36 with a knack for turning around poor performing operations. Along the way he was awarded for top performance as an individual performer, and as as a leader.
In 2004 Jeff walked away from what most people would consider a dream job. He was a VP with all the perks one hopes for when they take the career route he took, yet Jeff turned in his "corporate shoes" and decided to follow the dream of starting and growing his own business. That experience showed him how the state and federal government can hinder or help the atmosphere of economic growth. He co-founded a staffing company, Dynamic Recruiters, Inc. to assist in the direct hire recruiting and interim staffing of financial, engineering and information technology professionals. Jeff has since sold the firm to focus his attention on being the best legislator he can be.
Jeff is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica, Kiwanis of Sterling Heights and the Walsh College's Communication Advisory Committee. Other interests include coaching. He had spent 15 years coaching youth baseball, basketball and soccer.
On a more personal side, Jeff is the proud father of two sons. His family was a big part of his first two campaigns and you'll probably see them out there with Jeff in the future. Jeff's dad, who grew up in the mountains of Colorado had a true passion for the outdoors, history and our nation. Those passions were passed down to him and are at the foundation of his desire to contribute to Michigan's turnaround.