Why He Matters
Kerry Bentivolio was born in Detroit and resides in Milford. He received an associate degree in liberal arts at Oakland Community College, attended Michigan State University and received a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College. He received a master's degree in education from Marygrove College. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school, and served as a rifleman in Vietnam until his honorable discharge. He remained active in the military, serving more than 20 years in the Michigan Army National Guard. He was assigned to the military police and in an administrative role with an artillery unit. Bentivolio raises reindeer on a small farm in Milford. The reindeer are trained to pull Santa's sleigh during local parades and special holiday events. He also has a small flock of chickens, a 25-hive honeybee apiary and a 115-vine vineyard. He has taught English, history, social studies and computer-aided design in public and private schools. Bentivolio and his wife, Karen, have two adult children.