ABOUT TERRI


Terri Lynn Land served two terms as Michigan's 41st Secretary of State, from 2003 to 2010. With her message of improving customer service for the taxpayers, Land was elected in 2002 with the largest margin in an open seat race in a generation, and again in 2006 by historic margins.

Ensuring quality customer service through efficiency, innovation and technology drove Land's agenda as Secretary of State. Accomplishments during her two terms include expanding online service options, revolutionizing the branch office structure to create shorter lines for customers and implementing more secure and accurate election equipment across the state.

Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Land served as Kent County clerk from 1992-2000, which was a time of tremendous change and growth in Michigan's 4th largest county. In that position, her focus was on making county government more open and accessible for the public.

Land's political involvement stretches back to her high school years, when she served as a "scatter blitzer" for the Gerald R. Ford for President campaign. In 1978, she was one of the youngest attendees at the Republican State Convention in Michigan.

Heavy involvement with community organizations is also one of Secretary Land's hallmarks. She is active with several groups at the local, regional and state levels. She currently serves as a Board Member for Gift of Life of Michigan, on the Board of Directors of Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services, Inc., and as a Commissioner on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board.

Of all her accomplishments, Secretary Land is most proud of the family she has helped build. Land married Dan Hibma in 1983 and the couple has two children together, Jessica and Nicholas. Terri and Dan attend Corinth Reformed Church in Byron Center.

Land received a bachelor of arts in political science from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. In 2007, she was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Public Service by Central Michigan University, and in 2009, Davenport University presented her with a Honorary Doctor of Laws. Land is a graduate of Grandville High School.