Michigan veteran. family man. leader.
Born in St Joseph's Hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Entrepreneur, Marine Corps Veteran, volunteer, husband, and father, Alan Hoover understands what it means to rise up, to persevere, and to serve. From adversity to military serviceman to business owner, Alan has the experience and the heart to serve the people of the 8th Congressional District of Michigan.
Alan and his siblings, children of a single mother, relocated their home many times fleeing from abuse. Sixteen schools, sixteen cities and foster care taught Alan resilience, courage and to face everything life threw at him. At age 16 he took a year off from school to work and support his family.
During his junior and senior years, River Rouge High School employed Alan as network administrator in charge of 250 desktop workstations. He maintained the school’s server and trained other students to do so. During his senior year, aspiring to become a leader and affect community change, he ran for River Rouge City Council. Though he didn’t win the race, he was the youngest city council candidate in the city’s history. Later that year, he answered the call to become a U.S. Marine, which is an ongoing commitment to our nation.
As a 20-year United States Marine Corps Reservist, Alan volunteered for five deployments consisting of combat and support of combat operations roles. He was immersed in many diverse cultures - 19 countries - as a Foreign Security Force Adviser. Alan served in Iraq in 2006-2007 with Michigan's own Marine Infantry Battalion 1st Bn 24th Marines under the command of Regimental Combat Team 5, Fallujah Iraq, Al Anbar Province. He has also spent time in South East Asia, the Kingdom of Jordan, and Northern Africa. Through his military service, Alan has adopted the Marine Leadership Principles and applies them daily.
For Alan hard work is a lifelong value. He was founder of three companies, a UPS union worker and member (promoted to management), a home construction laborer and general contractor, and a contractor in the Veteran’s Internship Program for the Big Three Auto Industry. Alan was instrumental in paving the way for higher pay and more jobs for veterans within the Big Three. As a contractor he conducted analyses within Product Development and Engineering all the while advocating for veterans. Alan values creating opportunities for the people of Michigan as well as shining a light on the needs of veterans around the country.
While attending the University of Michigan Dearborn Campus in 2013, he was a lead organizer for student veteran advocates. Being a military non-commissioned officer, Alan assembled a team of Veterans and members of Student Veterans of America (SVA) to start the movement that ultimately became a catalyst for Congress to pass H.R.3230—changing in-state tuition policy for all student veterans within the US. Under the new bill, veterans and their dependents are now recognized as "in-state" tuition-based students instead of the more expensive "out-of-state" tuition. The result? Taxpayers and the Veterans Affairs (VA) saved millions of dollars on education! Governmental service is a passion.
In 2018 Alan graduated earning his Bachelors in Business Administration and is currently working toward his Masters in Business Administration.
Alan and his wife Lara are committed to serving others. Alan visits with homeless and disabled veterans, and others in need; you will find him at the Detroit VA spending time with permanently residing Veterans. Lara’s passion for assisting those with mental issues led to starting her own company specializing in training service dogs for veterans and those struggling with anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Alan understands the struggles and the values of both blue- and white-collar workers – he’s walked in their shoes. He is familiar with the challenges and values of people from all walks of life. His unique experiences and perspectives allow him to understand and represent all people thereby bringing a integrated dynamic to the 8th District. Alan has the heart and the fortitude to make Michigan strong by helping families, creating opportunities, and promoting the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.