Randall John “Randy” Hekman (born May 9, 1947) is a Navy veteran, former prosecutor and juvenile court judge. In early 2011 he announced his intentions to run for the United States Senate, a seat currently held by Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow. Hekman is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education and career
Hekman was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to John and Mary Lou Hekman. He is the second of four children. He attended Wheaton Academy (West Chicago, IL) and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. from the Sloan School of Management in 1969. He then received his JD in Law from The George Washington University Law School in 1972.
He also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from June 1969 to June 1972. Hekman was assigned to the Office of the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy in the Pentagon where he developed policies for computer systems in the Department of Defense.
Hekman returned to Grand Rapids to take on the job of Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He left the job when elected in 1975 as Probate- Juvenile Judge in the Kent Country Probate Court. Elected at age 27 on a campaign to bring "Fair and Firm Juvenile Justice" to the Kent County Juvenile Court. Hekman was the youngest judge in the state. After his election, he worked to make major changes in the court that resulted in a substantial reduction of juvenile crime.
After 15 years, Hekman left the bench to become the founding executive director of the Michigan Family Forum based in Lansing, Michigan. He led the non-profit research and education organization from 1990 to 1996. Hekman then served as executive director of CBH Ministries for six years before taking on the role of executive pastor at Crossroads Bible Church, which he left to run for office
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