Meet Senator Kahn

Michigan State Senator Roger KahnDISTRICT

Senator Kahn, a former Saginaw County commissioner, was elected in November 2004 as the state representative for the 94th District. In November 2006 he was elected as the state senator for the 32nd District, representing Saginaw and Gratiot counties.

EDUCATION

After high school in Monroe, Senator Kahn attended Delta College, MSU, and Wayne State University where he received his MD degree. During the summer, he worked for GM and Ford. After medical school, he trained at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, where he became a cardiologist.

PROFESSIONAL

Roger returned to Saginaw to practice cardiac medicine after going to medical school and training in Detroit. Then Saginaw had one part-time cardiac laboratory and no cardiac surgery. Roger fought for and brought the balloon pump, modern pacemakers and outreach clinics to Saginaw. He founded the Heart Group. He worked to expand the cardiac lab and initiate Saginaw’s cardiac surgery program. He then successfully fought to further expand cardiac services to meet people’s needs by starting a second program at Covenant, then St. Luke’s Hospital. Along the way, he was there to initiate the interventional program and the electrophysiology program. Saginaw has now blossomed into one of the best cardiac centers in the Midwest.

He also became president of the Saginaw County Medical Society and chaired its ethics-mediation committee. In 2002, Roger received the “Heart of Gold” Award from the American Heart Association.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AND AFFILIATIONS

Roger is interested in education and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine for MSU, where he received the Teacher of the Year award. He is a Delta College graduate and supporter. Delta honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998. He has supported Buena Vista High School with scholarships through its ROTC program and SVSU through the Marshal Fredericks Art Gallery.

His background of community involvement also includes Big Brothers (college), the Rotary Exchange Program, the Saginaw Community Foundation, and the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce Board. He has supported the Saginaw Rescue Mission, was honorary chair of fundraising for Pit and Balcony, been a board member of the Jane’s Street Clinic and donated time to Saginaw’s free medical clinic.

PERSONAL

Roger was born in Monroe, Michigan on January 28, 1945. He is married to Nyla, and together they have 8 children and 16 grandchildren.

Senator Roger Kahn can be contacted by clicking here.