Kristy Pagan was born in Belleville, raised in Canton and lives in the Cherry Hill Village neighborhood in Canton. She attended Plymouth-Canton Community Schools and graduated from Salem High School, Class of 2000. Growing up, Kristy learned the value of hard work from her father, who worked at Ford Motor Company, and her mother, who worked nights at Meijer in order to stay home during the day with Kristy and her two younger sisters. Kristy comes from a union family: her father was a member of UAW Local 600 and her mother was a member of UFCW.
Kristy attended Western Michigan University, where she studied to be a teacher and became involved with political activism on campus. During her time as a student teacher, Kristy found that teachers and students lacked appropriate support from elected officials. Kristy was determined to improve how we educate our kids and support our teachers.
After graduation, Kristy struggled to find a teaching job in Michigan. Like many young people, she made the difficult decision to leave Michigan to find work. Kristy moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in education policy. At night, Kristy studied to earn her Masters degree in political management from The George Washington University. She was also elected Chairwoman of WIN, a networking organization for Democratic women.
While working for Senator Stabenow, Kristy often met with Michigan educators, parents, and students who needed support from their local representatives. Senator Stabenow saw Kristy’s passion for a stronger Michigan, and encouraged Kristy to move back home to Michigan to serve her fellow residents. For the past ten years, Kristy has worked to organize communities to elect Democratic leaders to public office.
In 2011, Kristy started a small business in Canton dedicated to civic and community engagement. She is active in the Canton Democratic Club, is a former board member of the Canton Community Foundation Board of Directors and the Advisory Council for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program at Canton High School, and is an active contributor to "Lead Like a Girl" in Canton Township. Kristy and her husband are proud to call Canton home.
Kristy is currently serving in her third and final term in the Michgan House due to Michigan's term limits. She cares deeply about the community that raised her and is determined to make a difference by giving young people, workers, and community members a voice. She works hard every day to improve public education, create good-paying jobs, and be a strong voice for our families.