Currently serves as the Senior Deputy Director for Veterans Affairs, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, State of Michigan. He served in the Michigan Army National Guard from 1990 to 1996.
From 2002-2010, Allen served as State Senator for the 37th District. He chaired the Senate Seniors and Veterans Affairs Committee and worked to modernize laws assisting veterans. He sponsored legislation requiring pre- and post-deployment psychiatric evaluations in order to monitor members of the military for traumatic brain injuries, stress and depression so those who need it can receive treatment.
Prior to his legislative career, Allen managed his family’s men’s clothing store in Traverse City and served on the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners for eight years. He also served on the Veterans Trust Fund Board.
Allen and his wife Suzanne (Miller) have been married for fifteen years. They have three children; Meredith, Amanda and Mark. His parents, Maurie and Betsy, reside in Traverse City as well.
BS, Finance/Fashion Merchandising, Miami University of Ohio
Attended, Northwestern Michigan College
Senator, Michigan State Senate, 2002-2010
Majority Whip, Michigan State Senate, present
Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2010
Representative, Michigan State House of Representatives, 1999-2002
Former Member, Grand Traverse County Board of Commission
Chair, Northwestern Michigan Council of Governments, 1997
Central United Methodist Church
Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation
Michigan Conservation Foundation
Ruffed Grouse Society
Executive Board, Scenic Trails Council
Traverse City Rotary Club
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
Northern Michigan Chair, George W. Bush, 2000, 2004
Treasurer, Great Lakes Community Health Board, 1991-1998
Grand Traverse Executive Committee