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Dr. Bob Lorinser reacts to State of the Union

"The strength of our union is dependent on leaders in Washington earnestly working together toward that unity." - Dr. Bob Lorinser

Dr. Bob Lorinser is a retired member of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Services. The use of his diplomatic rank, job titles, and photographs depicting government entities does not imply endorsement by the Department of the State or the Foreign Services.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dr. Bob Lorinser, the Democratic candidate running to represent Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula in the House of Representatives, encourages bipartisanship in Congress after the State of the Union.

I applaud President Biden's effort to win the hearts and minds of Americans, and I'm confident there are multiple issues we all agree on," said Dr. Bob Lorinser, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress (MI1).

"Citizens in Northern Michigan and the U.P. champion efforts toward economic recovery, freedom at home and abroad, and safer and healthier communities — all of which received universal praise and applause."

Dr. Lorinser says as the country moves forward out of the pandemic, combats inflation, and deals with international crises, leaders must find meaningful solutions that benefit the lives of everyday citizens in Michigan's 1st district.

"The role of a good Representative is to focus on what brings citizens together, not on what divides us," said Dr. Lorinser. "There are clear bipartisan actions supported across the aisle in both chambers."

According to Dr. Lorinser, the announcement of mental health initiatives and solidarity with the Ukrainian people were among the most poignant moments of Biden's speech.

"The strength of our union is dependent on leaders in Washington earnestly working together toward that unity. I hope after tonight Congress is motivated to build on what we have in common — our desire for liberty, success, justice, and peace — to create a more perfect union for everyone."

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About Dr. Lorinser

For his entire career, Dr. Bob Lorinser (D-MI1) has dedicated his life to the service of his community and country.

After receiving three advanced degrees (Medical Doctor, Masters of Social Work, and Masters in Public Health), Dr. Lorinser worked as a social worker in a Veterans Affairs Hospital and as a physician with the Indian Health Service, serving the Navajo Nation. In 1989, he found his home in Michigan's First District, where he practiced family medicine for three decades.

Dr. Bob joined the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Services in 2011 to serve as a diplomat and Regional Medical Officer. The Lorinsers served the United States for ten years, with tours in Pakistan, South Korea, Afghanistan, Morocco, and Iraq.

When he returned to the states in 2020, Dr. Bob offered his services as Medical Director of Marquette County Health Department. He and his wife of 40 years, Peggy, live in Gwinn and have three children and four granddaughters.

Dr. Bob Lorinser hopes to serve and represent constituents in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. He is unopposed in the Democrat primary and poised to face Rep. Jack Bergman (R, Acme) in the general mid-term election this November. For more information, visit


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