A Representative from Michigan; born in Cadillac, Wexford County, Mich., August 26, 1931; graduated from Cadillac High School, Cadillac, Mich.,1949; B.A., Hope College, Holland, Mich., 1953; B.D., Yale University, New Haven, Conn., 1955; Bonn University, Rotary Fellowship, 1956; J.D., University of Michigan, 1960; lawyer, private practice; member of the Michigan state senate, 1965-1966; elected simultaneously as a Republican to the Eighty-ninth and to the Ninetieth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Robert P. Griffin, and reelected to the twelve succeeding Congresses (November 8, 1966-January 3, 1993); unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the One Hundred Third Congress in 1992; died on June 22, 2007, in Washington, D. C.
Prior to joining Baker Hostetler in 1993, Congressman Vander Jagt served more than a quarter-century as a U.S. Congressman representing Michigan's 9th District, and was a member of the House Republican leadership for nearly two decades as the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
Recognized as an authority on tax & trade policy and election law, Congressman Vander Jagt offered Baker Hostetler's clients a wealth of experience in issues before Congress and within federal agencies.
Congressman Vander Jagt was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966 where he served for 14 terms. He previously had served in the Michigan State Senate during 1965-66. In the House, Congressman Vander Jagt rose to become the second-ranking Republican on the powerful Ways and Means Committee and the top Republican on the Trade Subcommittee, the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee, and the Health and Human Resources Subcommittee. He also was a member of the Joint Taxation Committee.
A native of Cadillac, Michigan, Congressman Vander Jagt was a graduate of Hope College, Yale University Divinity School and the University of Michigan Law School, and served as a minister in Presbyterian and Congregational churches. He was the keynote speaker at the National Presidential Prayer Breakfast in 1980.more » « less