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Mike Rolih (Republican)

Mike Rolih is a husband, father, businessman, educator and leader who is running for State Representative in District 29B.

Born on November 6, 1980 in Joliet, Illinois, Mike grew up the oldest of five children in a Catholic working-class family.  He is the son of Paul Rolih and Brenda Baloy.  Mike's father owns a union electrical construction company and his mother is a union steward and assembler for a manufacturing company.  Mike's parents divorced when he was a child, and he spent part of his life in a single-parent household with his mother.  He graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1998.

While growing up, Mike worked in the family business, sweeping floors, organizing shelves, and doing other odd jobs to contribute to the success of the family business.  Mike recalls, "Working for my father taught me about hard work and sacrifice early in life, and these are lessons I have never forgotten."  Growing up, Mike also excelled in athletics.  He was a standout baseball player who eventually signed a minor league professional baseball contract with the Richmond Roosters and participated in the Cleveland Indians organization. Mike earned a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Dayton (Ohio) in 2002 and earned a Master's degree in Training and Development (Corporate Education) from Eastern Illinois University in 2006.  During that time, Mike served as an assistant baseball coach and a graduate teaching assistant in order to pay for his graduate school.
 
After school, Mike returned home and assumed a full-time position as Director of Organizational Development with his family's company.  He assisted in the expansion of the business by developing new marketing strategies, hiring new employees, and creating new operations departments that have assisted the business in surviving these difficult economic times.
Mike then took a position as Director of Training for an optical company with locations in Chicago, IL and Minneapolis, MN.  From that position, Mike built an education department that led the way for employees to continue their educational development within the industry, earn national certifications, and develop skills and knowledge that would assist in effective job performances.  These programs have been adopted by other optical companies across the United States.   Mike currently owns a corporate  consulting firm which is based in Rochester, MN.
 
Mike married his wife Amber (Becker) in the fall of 2007.   Amber grew up in Minnesota Lake, MN, attended Maple River High School and graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 2002. The couple has one son, Nolan, and one daughter, Reagan Frances.  Mike and Amber moved to Rochester as they felt it was the best place to raise their family.  "Amber and I have always loved visiting Rochester and when we had Nolan we felt like there was no better place to raise a family.  We love living here and we never want to leave."
 
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