Michelle was born in Grand Forks and raised in Bismarck. She received a B.S. in Secondary Education with a minor in German from the University of North Dakota. She was elected in 2018 to serve as State Representative from District 41.
Michelle worked in the West Fargo Public School district and went on to receive her M.S. in Counseling from MSUM. For the last 17 years, she has focused on raising her family and serving in different leadership roles in the community.
Michelle married her husband, Tom, and they have lived in District 41 since 1996. Michelle and Tom have four children. Jacob, Joseph, Benjamin, and Sarah range in age from 14 to 22. They also have two dogs named Lizzie and Toby.
Her loving parents (George and Betty Strecker) raised her in a conservative and faith-filled home, in which the spirit of public service ran deep. She watched her mother devote her entire career to tirelessly serving the people of North Dakota as an expert in Medicaid and Eligibility policy. Tom’s father and mother (Earl and Jan Strinden) have been an inspiration to her as well, and she’s been blessed to be a part of their family for 23 years. Earl’s servant leadership has made its mark on the entire family. He left an amazing legacy of efficient and effective government serving in the ND House for almost 20 years, including 13 distinguished years as Majority Leader.
Michelle served on the House Education and Political Subdivision committees during the 2019 Legislative Session. She currently serves on the Government Finance and Education Policy interim committees.