Publisher, MIRS co-owner
John T. Reurink has served as publisher and CEO of Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS) since January 1996. During his tenure, John has managed the firm from a photo copied newsletter with 100 subscribers to a web based political news service that attracts 40,000 visitors a month and informs 18,000 Michigan businesses each week on key Michigan public policy developments.
For the last 14 years MIRS has been voted “best capitol coverage” by Lansing insiders according to a survey tabulated by the independent, Lansing based polling firm of EPIC/MRA. The 2019 survey found 66 percent of lawmakers, staff members, lobbyists and others around the Capitol voted MIRS most effective at covering the Captiol.
John is a member of the Advisory Board of the Michigan Political Leadership Program (Institute for Public Policy and Social Research MSU) and serves on the Executive Board of National Online Legislative Associates (NOLA), a cooperative, educational organization made up of capitol news and tracking services from across the United States.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chamber Foundation and a 2008 Leadership Michigan graduate. He is a frequent guest on the Public Reality Radio in Grand Rapids that airs on a number of channels and is available online.
John served the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) from 1990 to 1996, the last two years as Director of Communications.
Prior to joining the MMA, John served as a communications assistant in the office of the State Budget Director under former Gov. James Blanchard. He earned his bachelor’s in social science and justice in 1989 from James Madison College, Michigan State University.