Patty Birkholz was appointed by Governor Rick
Snyder in January 2011, as Director of the Office of the Great Lakes.
Patty completed two terms
in the Michigan Senate and three terms in the Michigan House of
Representatives. She was chair of the Senate Natural Resources and
Environmental Affairs Committee where she provided leadership on a variety of
key Great Lakes issues including the adoption of the Great Lakes Water Compact,
passage of state regulations for water withdrawal, and ballast water regulations.
her new position as Director, Patty has continued to champion the Great Lakes
through a broad range of activities. She is spearheading an effort by the Great
Lakes states and provinces to develop a unified regional approach to battling
invasive species and is a key force in efforts to prevent Asian Carp from
invading the Great Lakes.
serves as a member of Governor Snyder’s cabinet in her role as office director.