Pam Byrnes is a mother, grandmother, lawyer, and small business owner who has lived and worked in our community for over 30 years helping create better opportunities for middle-class families.
Pam is known as a woman who gets things done. During her time as a state legislator, she earned a reputation as a consensus builder who works across the aisle. Under her leadership, she ushered through the Cottage Food Bill to help local farmers and area small entrepreneurs prosper. She also passed legislation to cut her own pay and end lifetime healthcare for state legislators. Pam believes Washington is broken and the only way to fix it is through leadership that puts middle-class families before partisan politics.
Pam is no stranger to hard work. She worked during the day while putting herself through law school at night and several years later managed the delicate balance of raising her daughter as a single mom while building her legal career. Pam put her legal knowledge to good use as the Director of Washtenaw County Friend of the Court, helping women coming out of abusive homes get back on their feet and build a stable home for their children.
Most recently she was the Executive Director at the University of Michigan Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-STJU). UM-STJU is a program that provides University of Michigan students and faculty a platform to engage in engineering education and research in an international setting, often collaborating with Michigan companies, such as General Motors and TRW Automotive. The program helps prepare Michigan students and companies to be competitive in the global economy.
The broken system in Washington means our middle-class families are falling behind. Washington politicians give tax breaks to corporations who ship our jobs out of the country while making it more expensive for our kids to get a good education. Pam wants to create more economic and educational opportunities for middle-class families, such as enhancing math and science training in our schools. Pam is also committed to protecting Social Security and Medicare for Michigan seniors.
Pam currently lives on a small farm outside of Chelsea with her husband Kent Brown. Family is a top priority for Pam and her grandchildren, Dominic and Gabe, are the center of her life. Her daughter Katie and son-in-law Chuck, both engineers with Ford Motor Co., also live in Washtenaw County giving her ample opportunities to shower her grandsons with love and attention.