Marvin L. Munyon is a founding director, treasurer and secretary of the Rock River Patriots, a grassroots activist organization located in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. Joining the organization in December 2010, he became involved in the public policy arena and public education during his undergraduate studies at Maranatha Baptist University. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1977, he commenced his professional career in 1964 as a field engineer for Burroughs Corp. prior to earning a degree.
Appointed as a legislative representation for the Wisconsin Association of Christian Schools (WACS) in 1980, Mr. Munyon served in the role for a resounding 22 years while also serving as a staff member of the Calvary Baptist Church and School and administrator of Calvary Baptist Christian School. During this period, he monitored legislation at the state and national levels, where he was involved with Christian schools, private education, religious freedom, and moral and traditional family value issues. Notably, he participated in the authoring and passage of Wisconsin Act 512, which defined a private school and legalized homebased private educational programs and was signed into law in 1984.
From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Munyon served as executive director of WACS, where he monitored educational issues and served as a liaison between private schools and the Department of Public Instruction. During this time, he maintained involvement with the Minute Man program of the American Association of Christian Schools to lobby on behalf of WACS in Washington, DC. Simultaneously, he founded the Christian Research Institute of Wisconsin, now known as the Family Research Institute of Wisconsin, an informational research institute that looks at public policy from a Judeo-Christian, pro family perspective. Resigning from the institute in 2000, he then founded the Wisconsin Capitol Watch, serving in that capacity until 2013 when it was terminated.
Mr. Munyon was appointed to and served on the Governor’s Task Force on Children and Families from 1989 to 1990, as well as on the Commission of Schools for the 21st Century in 1990. From 1991 to 1998, he was appointed to and served on the Governor’s Commission on Families and Children and, from 1992 to 1995, he was elected to the executive board of directors of Baptists for Life of Wisconsin. In April 2000, he was elected to a two-year term as Jefferson County board supervisor, and was subsequently re-elected to three consecutive terms until resigning in November 2007. During this time, he was elected to and served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Gambling Expansion, and in September 2002, he ran for State Assembly in the 38th District; he received 41% of the vote in the primary election.
As a testament to his success, Mr. Munyon was honored by Maranatha Baptist University as Alumni of the Year in Christian Ministry in 2000. Eight years later, he was awarded by WACS for the 25th anniversary of the legislation introduced to define local private schools. Impressively, he was selected for inclusion in the 26th edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest in 1998.
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