“Rather than working to come up with reasonable solutions, Washington continues the gridlock that has taken us just hours from a government shutdown,” said Jerry Cannon. “This kind of brinksmanship hurts our seniors, military personnel, veterans and the small businesses that drive the economic engine of northern Michigan. This overly political effort is a major failure by Congress to fulfill its duty of doing what’s right for the country.”
A Vietnam veteran, Cannon served as a Major General in the Michigan Army National Guard and was deployed multiple times around the world to keep America safe, including tours in Iraq. While in Iraq, Cannon oversaw military police operations as Deputy Commanding General for Detainee Operations and U.S. Forces-Iraq Provost Marshal General. Originally a Marine, Cannon joined the Army National Guard in 1977, retiring in 2012. In addition to his military service, Jerry Cannon was a police officer and former Sheriff of Kalkaska County, Michigan. After being appointed Sheriff in 1987, Cannon was elected to the position four times, retiring in 2004 to concentrate on his duties as a General in the Army National Guard. Jerry and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Fife Lake, MI. Married for 43 years, Jerry and Liz are the parents of four children, including a son who served two tours in Afghanistan. They have seven grandchildren.