Representative Rodney Wakeman was elected to the Michigan State House in 2018, re-elected in 2020 and is serving in his second term.
Rodney is proudly seeking re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives for the 2022 election cycle. The 97th District includes northern and eastern Saginaw County, western Tuscola County and portions of Bay and Genesee Counties. Please visit the 97th District Map page to see the complete list of jurisdictions.
Rodney is a lifelong resident of Saginaw County, graduate of Valley Lutheran High School, Delta College, and Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science. He is co-owner of Wakeman Funeral Home in Saginaw, Past President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, former Chairman of his industry's licensing board, the Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science, member of the Michigan Mortuary Response Team (MIMORT), President of the Valley Lutheran High School Foundation Board and lifelong member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Rodney married his high school sweetheart, Johanna, in 1989. Their daughter, Kayla, and her husband, Matt, reside in Saginaw Township.
Representative Wakeman in one of a select few members in the House who serve on five committees:
Families, Children and Seniors, Chairman
Financial Services, Vice Chairman
Commerce and Tourism
Communications and Technology
Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation
Representative Wakeman has had multiple bills signed into law and is focused on simplifying government regulation, cutting taxes, protecting public health, helping businesses build back their workforce through in-person learning for students and better parental access to childcare, defending life and the second amendment.
A complete list of his credentials achieved over the past several decades includes:
EDUCATIONAL / PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
1984 | Graduate of Valley Lutheran High School, Saginaw, Michigan.
1984-Present | Employed by Wakeman Funeral Home, Inc.
1984-1987 | Michigan Mortuary Science Resident Trainee Licensee; Pre-Mortuary Science program. Delta College, University Center, Michigan. Associate in Arts Degree.
1988 | Graduate of Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science, Detroit, Michigan. Certificate of Mortuary Science. Board Certified from the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. Passed Michigan Mortuary Science Jurisprudence Examination, Mortuary Science Licensee.
1988-Present | Member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA).
1989 | Acquired Michigan Limited Life Insurance License.
1994-1998 | Elected MFDA District 7 Officer (President in 1997-98).
1996 | Voluntary Continuing Education: National Certified Bereavement Facilitator (NCBF) from the American Academy of Bereavement.
1997-2017 | Member of the MFDA Public Information, Disaster, Legislative, Audit, Nominating, Convention Rules and Convention Credentials Committees.
1998-Present | Voluntary Continuing Education: Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Life Member. Re-certification annually.
1999-Present | Co-owner and Corporate Officer of his 111-year-old family business, Wakeman Funeral Home, Inc., Saginaw.
2005, 2007, 2009 | Elected to three terms to the MFDA Board of Directors as District 7 Director. Term limited in 2011.
2009 | The original funeral director to serve as research & development consultant for local television station WNEM TV5 for their highly successful on-air and online death notice platform.
2011-2015, 2015-2018 | Appointed twice by Governor Rick Snyder and confirmed by the Michigan Senate to the Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science; Elected Vice Chair in 2014; Elected Chairman 2015-2018. Worked directly with the Office of Attorney General (AG), Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing (CSCL), its Audit Section, and the Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) on matters involving investigations, formal complaints, compliance conferences and formal hearings; has twice led reviews of the Suggested Minimum Sanctions; appoint board members to subcommittees and lead discussions at board meetings and a review of Administrative Rules under the Occupational Code.
2012 | Runner-up, National Funeral Director of the Year award, American Funeral Director magazine.
2012-Present | Member of the Michigan Mortuary Response Team (MI MORT) Mass Fatality Response Team; ICS-100, ICS-200, IS-700, and IS-800-certified for training preparedness.
2014 | Twenty-Five-Year Honoree as funeral service licensee in the state of Michigan awarded by the MFDA.
2015-2018 | Member of the MFDA Services Corporation Board.
2015-2017 | NFDA Annual State Executive Leadership Training Attendee.
2016-Present | Member of the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science Advisory Committee.
2016 | Voluntary Continuing Education: Certified Crematory Operator (CCO) from the National Funeral Directors Association.
2017-2018 | Member of the MFDA 21st Century Task Force.
2017-2018 | Chairman of the MFDA Convention Committee.
2018 | President of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association (MFDA).
2018 | Elected to the Michigan House of Representatives for the 94th District, Saginaw County.
2019-2020 | Took office as a member of Michigan’s historic 100th Legislature; Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation; Member of Commerce and Tourism, Education, and Financial Services Committees.
2020 | Won Re-Election to the Michigan House of Representatives for the 94th District, Saginaw County.
2021 | Took office as a member of Michigan’s 101st Legislature; serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Families, Children and Seniors, Vice-Chairman of Financial Services, and Member of Commerce and Tourism, and Communications and Technology.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES / RECOGNITIONS
Lifetime member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Saginaw, Michigan.
1992-Present | Member and past president of the Saginaw Downtown Lions Club, past chairman of the eyeglass committee; twenty-five-year Chevron designee; multiple 100% Annual Attendance awards.
1997 | Twelve-year volunteer honoree as Sports Public Address Announcer for Valley Lutheran High School, Saginaw, Michigan.
1998 | First recipient of the Lorenz A. Loos Lion of the Year Memorial Award from the Saginaw Downtown Lions Club.
1998-2000 | Former chairman of the Valley Lutheran High School Alumni Association Scholarship Committee.
2008-Present | President of the Valley Lutheran High School Foundation.
2013-2014 | Member of Lutheran Education Advancement Plan (LEAP) Implementation Team to advance Lutheran education in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
2014 | Featured in book Legendary Locals of Saginaw by author and historian Roberta Morey.
2017 | Appeared in SaginAddict, a documentary by filmmaker Luka Dziubyna, on drug and Opioid addiction in Saginaw, where I discuss the physical ravages of people who die from their addiction, and the heartache and mental toll it has on surviving family members.