Ann Arbor, Michigan , United States
|| October 11, 1942
Dec 19, 2020 08:30pm
|Info||Mrs. Lana Beth Pollack |
Elected to the Michigan Senate from the 18th District in 1982, 1986, and 1990.
Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack grew up in Ludington, Michigan, and later attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a BA in Political Science and an MA in Education.
An active political organizer and former teacher of dance, Pollack was elected to the Ann Arbor School Board in 1979. In 1982, the voters of Washtenaw County sent her to the Michigan State Senate, where she served until 1994 on the Appropriations, Finance, Education, and Criminal Justice and Urban Affairs committees.
The Senate's only Democratic woman for eight years, Pollack became a leading advocate for the environment, children and women's rights. She also earned praise as the architect of Michigan's landmark 1990 polluter pay statute which, before it was replaced in 1995, saved taxpayers $100 million by forcing polluters to pay for the cleanup of toxic waste. Pollack also established statewide coalitions to prevent gun violence and teenage pregnancy.
In 1994 Pollack narrowly lost the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate and retired from public office. She then founded Michigan Monthly and served as the magazine's publisher until selling it in 1996. Pollack also worked as a consultant for the Washington, D.C.-based National Democratic Institute.
Lana Pollack was a founding trustee of the Michigan Women's Foundation and served in that capacity for ten years. She now serves on several governing boards including the Center for the Education of Women and the Hillel Foundation at the University of Michigan. In the fall of 1997, she was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Lana Pollack has been a student of music throughout her life. She has lived in the United States, England and Zambia and traveled in Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Antarctica. She is married to Henry Pollack, a Professor of Geophysics at the University of Michigan, and they are the parents of an adult son, John, a writer.