Kristen McDonald Rivet

Michigan State Senate District 35

Kristen McDonald Rivet wants to level the playing field for kids and families – and she has spent the last 30 years doing just that.     

Growing up in Michigan, Kristen learned the power of hard work, watching her dad get up with the sun and go to work as an operating engineer. Long hours and a commitment to get something done are a part of who she is. She believes every family should have the chance to turn hard work into an opportunity to feed your family and provide your kids a good life.     

Throughout her career, Kristen has fought for the people of Michigan, working alongside parents, schools, and businesses to improve the lives of children and working families in the Great Lakes Bay Region, Michigan, and the nation.

Kristen has worked to make childcare accessible and affordable during the pandemic, building on a lifetime of moving policies that matter to families. Early in her career, she served as one of the chief architects of Great Start, Michigan’s system of education and care for children from birth to kindergarten. 

In her years with The Skillman Foundation, she was a fierce advocate for children, directing strategy for better schools, place-based neighborhood revitalization, and youth development. Later she served as CEO/President of Greater Midland Community Centers, a network of centers connecting all residents in Midland County. 

Today, she continues her hard work as vice president of a nonpartisan organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term prosperity of our state and improving our economy. She also serves as a Bay City Commissioner.

As state senator, Kristen will work with Democrats and Republicans to strengthen Michigan’s 35th District and to give families real opportunity.

Kristen earned her bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University and her master’s degree in education and public administration at University of Michigan-Flint. 

She and her husband, Joseph, are proud parents of six children and live in Bay City.