Meet Virg Bernero

A Family Tradition of Public Service

From an early age, Virg was fascinated by public policy and government, helping his Aunt Betty Fortino in her many successful campaigns for Waterford Township Clerk, where she served for 25 years. Eventually, Virg ran for office himself, but lost his first election.

Not one to be easily discouraged, Virg and his new bride, Teri Bernero, moved to Lansing to pursue their professional careers. Virg ran for county commissioner representing South Lansing, and this time he won! Virg was re-elected to the county commission four times, but he had his sights set on bigger things.

In 2000, Virg's calling to public service led him to run for the Michigan House of Representatives. He won that race and two years later won election as Lansing's State Senator, where he led bipartisan efforts to reform Michigan's mental health system and successfully campaigned to get rid of Lansing's lead pipes.

In 2003, Virg unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Lansing, a job he viewed as the pinnacle of serving his community. He tried again in 2005 and won the first of three terms as Mayor of Michigan's capital city. In 2010, Virg earned the Democratic nomination for Governor of Michigan.

Virg and his wife, Teri, an administrator with the Lansing School District, live in Lansing. Their daughters, Kelly and Virginia, have each graduated from college and started their own careers and families. In 2020, the Bernero daughters and their spouses blessed Virg and Teri with their first two grandchildren.

Paid for by Virg Bernero for Lansing | 3000 N. Cambridge | Lansing, MI 48911