Annie Braidwood was born and raised in Shiawassee County. She grew up in a family strongly oriented towards public service, instilling in her the importance of giving back. The lessons she learned in her childhood have led her to dedicate herself to the people of Shiawassee County and the surrounding area. Through her professional and volunteer work, Annie has tirelessly fought to help and advocate for the people of her community. She believes that she can be the strong voice her community needs in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Throughout junior high school and high school Annie volunteered in special education. She worked as a Teaching Assistant with mentally and physically disabled students in Shiawassee Intermediate School District, and in high school she spent a year coaching a local Special Olympics team. These formative experiences lead her to pursue a degree in special education at Central Michigan University. After college she worked as a flight attendant with US Airways, where she became heavily involved with the flight attendants’ union. Following September 11th, she decided to rededicate herself to her home community in Shiawassee. Annie decided to return to her work with students in special education and became a substitute teacher in Perry Elementary School’s special education Resource Room for mentally and physically disabled students. In addition to teaching, Annie has volunteered with many community service associations throughout the area over the past decade. Her volunteer and advocacy work with groups such as the Shiawassee County Red Cross, Safe Center, and Capital Area Community Services has included organizing food drives and fundraisers, and working with victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes. In addition to these groups, Annie has also worked with other volunteer organizations in the area, including:
- Walk to End Alzheimer’s
- Friends of the Shiawassee River
- Shiawassee Arts Council
- DeVries Nature Conservancy
- Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee
- St. Mary’s Church
In addition to her extensive volunteer work, Annie has a strong family history of public service. Her grandfather, Herman, served as Michigan’s Secretary of State, in addition to his time as a State Representative and State Senator, working diligently for years to benefit the same area Annie hopes to represent. Her brother Tom and her cousin Terry are both elected judges serving the Shiawassee community, and her husband George was re-elected Shiawassee County Sheriff in 2012. In addition, she is the proud step-mother of her husband’s three sons: Greg, Patrick, and Eric. Greg manages a business in Owosso, while Patrick and Eric study Criminal Justice, hoping to follow in their father’s footsteps. Annie looks forward to serving as state representative to continue her advocacy work and ensure that the needs of 85th district residents are a top priority in Lansing.