Michigan State Senator and former Mayor of Kentwood Bill Hardiman, ’77 graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in public administration and behavioral sciences. He continued to Western Michigan University where he earned his M.A. the following year.
During his college career, Hardiman worked as an administrative aide and as an employment services counselor for the Ottawa County Department of Employment Training. Before becoming an elected official, Hardiman held positions for Kent County Community Mental Health, Hope Rehabilitation Network, and as Vice President of Rehabilitation for Goodwill Industries of Grand Rapids.
Hardiman was elected Mayor of Kentwood in 1992. During his term, Hardiman worked to balance the city’s budget while maintaining one of the lowest city tax rates in Michigan. He was also focused on faith-based community organizations to encourage tutoring and mentoring for at-risk students.
As a Senator for Michigan’s 29th district, Hardiman is an advocate for human rights issues. He has served on numerous committees and subcommittees for families, education, and economic labor. He has also been the recipient of awards such as the St. John’s Home Advocate of the Year Award, Dads and Moms of Michigan Legislator of the Year Award, Michigan Nonprofit Association Volunteer Spirit Award, Michigan Fatherhood Coalition Outstanding Public Service Award, and several more.
Hardiman lives in Kentwood with his wife.