Al Pscholka is the State Representative for Michigan's 79th District. Elected in 2010, Al is in his second term of proudly serving his district. He is the Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee, and has the privilege of serving as Majority Caucus Chair.
Appointed in 2004, Al is the former District Director for United States Congressman Fred Upton. He is a past Vice President of Cornerstone Alliance, where he served for nine years and won several national and state awards for developing the Community Partnership for Lifelong Learning, a business-education partnership. With a background in broadcasting, Al was part-owner of Cosy Broadcasting, which operated radio stations in South Haven and Stevensville. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Al has helped bring the HOSTS mentoring program to Benton Harbor Area Schools and developed the On Location student-teacher internship project, involving more than 1,000 middle school students and over 200 businesses a year. A dedicated volunteer, Al has been a mentor to students in Benton Harbor for the last 13 years and continues to mentor during the school year. His service in this program has recognized with the Junior Achievement volunteer award.
Al has served as an elected official in the past, having completed two terms as a Trustee on the Lincoln Township Board and having served as former Secretary to the Southwest Michigan Regional Sanitary Sewer and Water Authority. When not in meetings, Al enjoys volunteering as a part-time broadcaster, doing play-by-play of local high school sports.
Al and his wife Suzanne live in Lincoln Township. Their daughter Angela is a graduate of at Hope College. Al is active with a number of community groups. He is a member of First Church of God in St. Joseph, the Berrien County Farm Bureau, the Michigan Works! Education Advisory Group, the local Lest We Forget organization, and Benton Harbor area HOST mentoring program. Al has been a member of the Berrien County Republican Party Executive Committee for 10 years. He has also served on the Heritage Society Board of Directors, and the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation.