Party affiliation: Republican
County clerk/register of deeds Kent County, Michigan, 1992—2000. Secretary of state State of Michigan, 2003—2011. Member Secchia Millennium Commission, 2000, Community Archives & Research Center, since 1997, 54 Jefferson Study Committee, since 1997.
Attorney Grievance Commission, 1999—2002, secretary attorney, 2001—2002.
Member Grandville Rotary, 1990—1999. Board directors American Heart Association, 1995—1999, Junior Achievement Alumni Board, 1997—1999, Project Rehab Foundation, 1997—1998. Member of Michigan Supreme Court History Society, United States Supreme Court History Society, Women's Resource Center (vice president, board of directors 2001-2002), Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation Board, Grand Rapids Rotary, Grand Rapids Early Morning Riser's Club, Friends of John Ball Zoological Park, Byron Center Fine Arts Foundation (president since 1999), Friends of Van Andel Museum, Frederick Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Byron Center History Society 1990-1992, Byron Center Community Fine Arts Council, Potters House Foundation (member, board directors since 1997).