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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Women's Clothing
Clothing and Accessories ➔ Pants

Identifier:
2017.37.4
Description:
These navy blue knit pants were worn by Terri Lynn Land while she served as Michigan's 41st Secretary of State from 2003-2010. They were made by the American clothing company, St. John, known for their knitwear made of classic wool and rayon yarn. This label was Land's preference during her time working for the State of Michigan because of a great deal of traveling, meetings, and events she attended. The St. John's brand is ideal for professionals because of the classic "Chanel" inspired designs, interchangeable pieces, and easy to care for wool and rayon knit fabric that does not wrinkle or crease while sitting for long periods. St. John's continues to be a major fashion design label for women.
Date:
2003 – 2010
Materials:
Knit
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift of Terri Lynn Land
Makers/Donors
Terri Lynn Land
Terri Lynn Land served two terms as Michigan's 41st Secretary of State, from 2003 to 2010. With her message of improving customer service for the taxpayers, Land was elected in 2002 with the largest margin in an open seat race in a generation, and again in 2006 by historic margins.

Ensuring quality customer service through efficiency, innovation and technology drove Land's agenda as Secretary of State. Accomplishments during her two terms include expanding online service options, revolutionizing the branch office structure to create shorter lines for customers and implementing more secure and accurate election equipment across the state.

Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Land served as Kent County clerk from 1992-2000, which was a time of tremendous change and growth in Michigan's 4th largest county. In that position, her focus was on making county government more open and accessible for the public.
Land's political involvement stretches back to her high school years, when she served as a "scatter blitzer" for the Gerald R. Ford for President campaign. In 1978, she was one of the youngest attendees at the Republican State Convention in Michigan.

Heavy involvement with community organizations is also one of Secretary Land's hallmarks. She is active with several groups at the local, regional and state levels. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Legacy Trust, is the Public Policy Chair for Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services, Inc., serves as a board member for the Women’s Resource Center, and is an active member of Rotary.

Of all her accomplishments, Secretary Land is most proud of the family she has helped build. Land married Dan Hibma in 1983 and the couple has two children together, Jessica and Nicholas. Terri and Dan attend Corinth Reformed Church in Byron Center.

Land received a bachelor of arts in political science from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. In 2007, she was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Public Service by Central Michigan University, and in 2009, Davenport University presented her with an Honorary Doctor of Laws. Land is a graduate of Grandville High School.


St. John Knits International Incorporated
St. John Knits International Incorporated, sometimes referred to as St. John was founded in 1962 by Robert and Marie Gray. In 1971, they developed headquarters in Orange County, California. In the 1990s, Robert and Marie's daughter Kelly became the co-president and co-CEO of the company. In 2005 the Gray's left the business after it was purchased by a private firm. Famous figures who wore St. John garments were Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, and many more. 

 

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