Served our Country in the Military and now in Office- Congressman-elect Kerry Bentivolio

Posted November 30, 2012

Representative-Elect Kerry Bentivolio

Michigan, Eleventh District

This is the first in a series of posts, profiling the 12 veterans who were elected to Congress this November.

Congressman-elect Kerry Bentivolio enlisted in the United States Army in November 1968, and served as an infantry rifleman in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971, during which time he was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge.  Mr. Bentivolio briefly left the service before joining the Michigan Army National Guard, where he trained on the Multiple Launch Rocket System, and deployed to Kuwait with a military police unit during Operation Desert Storm.  He deployed to Iraq in 2007 as well, serving as a senior human resources sergeant with an artillery unit and performing combat convoy missions.  After suffering a neck injury, Mr. Bentivolio retired as a Sergeant First Class in 2008.  His other military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Representative-elect Bentivolio received his Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Oakland Community College, and earned his Bachelor’s in Social Science from St. Mary’s.  He then transferred to Michigan State University to attend further courses, where he met his future wife, Karen.  The congressman-elect later earned his Master’s in Education from Marygrove College in Michigan.

Mr. Bentivolio worked as a design engineer in the automotive industry for more than 20 years, and taught for another 15 years in schools at various levels.  He lives in Milford, Michigan with his wife, a registered nurse, where they raise reindeer and chickens, and maintain a 25-hive apiary of honeybees and a 115-vine vineyard.

The newly-elected congressman will represent Michigan’s 11th district, which includes the outer northern and western suburbs of Detroit.