Early years and political rise
The Catholic Engler was born in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and grew up on the farm with their parents. Already during his studies he was involved in the Republican Party (United States) and was for a time chairman of the Republican student group at Michigan State University. After completing his studies Agriculture 1971 he was elected to the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan. His former campaign manager was Richard "Dick" Posthumus, who later became his deputy ( ' Lieutenant Governor' ) was governor of Michigan. In 1979 he joined the State Senate of Michigan and a doctorate soon after Dr. iur .. In 1985 he became leader of the Republicans in the state Senate from Michigan, 1990, he was elected governor.
Governor of Michigan
John Engler took up his new post on 1 January 1991. After each re-election in 1994 and 1998, he was able to serve until January 1, 2003. The main focus of his reign lay in the field of education policy. To this end, the budget for basic and secondary schools have been increased by up to 80 %. The standards in schools have also been increased. In addition, he provided under National Governors Association by tax breaks that approximately 831 000 new jobs were created in the 1990s. The governor operation otherwise a frugal budget policies, he expanded the bureaucracy in administration and he reformed from some parts of the administrative apparatus. At the end of his tenure was the administration of Michigan, been reduced to the exclusion of the security forces by 23%. John Engler was also a member of several associations governor.
Already in 1996, so even during his governorship, Engler was as vice presidential candidate of the Republican talking. However, the party then decided yet for Jack Kemp. In 2000 he was even briefly as a Republican presidential candidate in the interview. However, Engler has waived very early on a candidacy in favor of his friend George W. Bush.
Engler 's second marriage to Michelle, a lawyer, married. With her he has triplets. 2001 Michelle Engler was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Supervisory Board sponsored by the U.S. government mortgage lender Freddie Mac.