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Philip Hoffman


Philip Hoffman had a wake-up call after not doing well in his first year at Jackson Community College. With the help of a counselor, he got serious about college and ended up graduating with honors.

After graduating from Lumen Christi High School in 1970, Hoffman said he knew exactly what he wanted to do – become a police officer. He enrolled at Jackson Community College but enjoyed his newfound freedom a bit too much his first semester and didn’t focus enough on his studies. “So at the end of my first semester at Jackson College, I started out on the dean’s list – the dean’s academic probation list.”

That was also the time of the Vietnam War, so Hoffman was in line to be drafted. With some help from a college counselor and a wake-up call from his father, Hoffman turned his academic performance around. By the time he graduated in 1972, he graduated with honors. “I got serious about it,” he notes. “I really think that for me, that was the best part about Jackson College, having a great counselor and buckling down and going the things I was supposed to do. I graduated with honors.”

He continued his studies at Ferris State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1974. He served as a deputy sheriff with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department from 1974-’82, and was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983-’93, and the Michigan Senate from 1993-2002. After owning and operating his own consulting business, he’s recently sold that, and today, is retired!

Hoffman is married with three adult children.

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