Tim is a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives where he served the people of the 94th district in Saginaw County. The district included the city of Frankenmuth and the townships of Albee, Birch Run, Blumfield, Frankenmuth, Saginaw, St. Charles, Swan Creek, Taymouth, Thomas, and Tittabawassee. He served the district for six years between 2013 - 2018. In his last term in office, he was the chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid which oversees K-12 spending, and also chaired the House Education Reform policy committee.
Prior to his election as a state representative, Mr. Kelly served one term as an elected county commissioner in Saginaw County. He also served in former Michigan Governor John Engler's administration as the governor's Education Policy Advisor, and as a special advisor to the director of the Michigan Department of Career Development. Mr. Kelly also served in the Bayh administration in Indiana as the executive director of the Indiana Human Resources Investment Council, the executive director of the Indiana Council on Vocational Education, and as a development specialist for the Indiana Department of Commerce. Before working in the public sector, Mr. Kelly worked in various subsidiaries and states for Bituminous Materials Co., Inc., his family's emulsified asphalt business.
He is a graduate of the University of Denver. Among many awards and recognitions for his work in the legislature, he is the 2016 recipient of the Michigan College Access Network's Compass Award, and was the MIRS 2013 Freshman Legislator of the Year
Tim lives in Saginaw Township with his wife Deenie. They have two children Sean and Stone. Their oldest son, Sean, is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Their youngest son, Stone, is a recent graduate of Michigan State University.