LANSING, MICH. — Dr. Jim Hines, Saginaw, Mich., and native of Warsaw, lost his bid for the nomination of Republican candidate for Michigan Governor Tuesday, Aug. 7. Hines was was one four candidates in the Michigan primary seeking the nomination. Bill Schuette, Michigan Attorney General, won that party’s nomination.
This was Hines’ first time running for office. His slogan during his campaign was “He has spent his life putting people first, not politics.”
“I was born at McDonald Hospital, at the corner of Argonne Road and Center Street,” he said, adding he was the oldest of four children born to Donald and Verna Hines who lived on Smith Street. After high school graduation he attended Grace College for one year. At the age of 19, he married the former Martha Male, whose father Bill Male, was dean of Grace Theological Seminary and Goshen College. Hines then went to Indiana University, Bloomington, for his undergraduate degree and received his medical degree at the Indiana University School of medicine in 1980.
His residency was in family medicine in Fort Wayne from 1980 to 1983. He then became a missionary medical doctor. The first mission team he led came out of Grace College. Hines ran two mission hospitals and 20 urgent care facilities for four years in the Central African Republic and has led medical teams all over the world bringing healthcare to those most in need.
He is one of the owners of a medical practice with seven physicians, five advanced practitioners and 45 employees. He is a former small business owner for 22 years. Hines stated he sold his practice when he entered the race for the gubernatorial nomination. He is a robotics and laser surgeon.
Hines is the former chief of the medical staff of Covenant HealthCare, overseeing over 530 physicians and is the former national president of the 18,000 member Christian Medical & Dental Association.
He and his wife have been married for 43 years. They are the parents of seven sons and 16 grandchildren and counting. He is an airplane pilot, wood carver, CPL holder, a life-long hunter, a long-time Harley owner and rider, fourth-degree black belt in tae kwon do and a distance runner.
He has run 5K races in 26 counties in Michigan in the last year. He stated when he would return to Warsaw he would always start his runs at the old McDonald’s Hospital.
His brother, John, still resides in Warsaw.