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Michigan

STATE HOUSE
STATE SENATE
CHAMBER MAKEUP
Democrats: 53
Republicans: 57
CHAMBER MAKEUP
Democrats: 16
Republicans: 22

Current state:

2022

​​I'm an engineer, I'm a mother, I'm an immigrant. When I first ran for office I didn't know anything about politics. To have The States Project invest in me, believe in me early, made such a difference. It helped lift up my voice.
Michigan State Representative Padma Kuppa

The Opportunity

The majorities are held by just two seats in the Michigan House and three seats in the Senate. And in 2022, after working electorally in the state for the past two cycles, we believe that momentum is on our side. The States Project sees an opportunity to flip both the House and Senate in Michigan.

The Stakes

Following the blueprint of other swing states that went for President Biden, Michigan’s legislative majorities advanced dozens of anti-voter bills in the 2021 session, and more are expected in 2022. So far, Governor Whitmer vetoed anti-voter bills that came to her desk including:

  • Banning the use of drop boxes on election day, giving constituents less time to vote.
  • Criminalizing election officials for public communications about voting by mail or locations of ballot drop boxes.
  • Enabling state lawmakers to withhold federal election funds, even if the state is unable to fully fund the election.

However, the rightwing is arguing that Governor Whitmer’s veto could be circumvented this year if 8% of voters in the last gubernatorial election sign petitions supporting radical rightwing policies. With enough signatures collected, a simple majority vote would be enough for any initiative to become law in the state.

Last year, rightwing campaigns were successful in using this loophole to circumvent common-sense public health rules to fight the pandemic. In 2022, narrow special interests are backing three major initiatives: more anti-voter laws, attacks on quality public education, and limits on the ability to fight public health issues.

The Landscape

  • In 2020, just over 2,000 votes flipping across 3 districts would have shifted the balance of power to a new majority in the Michigan House.
  • President Biden won Michigan by flipping many traditionally Republican areas that are also trending Democratic in state legislative elections.
  • In both the Michigan House and Senate, new state legislative district lines have created a much clearer path to the majority than in 2020.
  • In May, TSP endorsee Carol Glanville, flipped HD 74 in a Michigan House Special Election; now, ending rightwing control of the Michigan House is just two seats away.
  • The States Project has built the relationships, infrastructure, and campaign experience in the state to help flip districts and build governing power. The opportunity to work electorally in both chambers to achieve the goal of a trifecta is within reach — and we’re already hitting the ground early for the best possible chance of success.

Senate Endorsees

Rep. Sarah Anthony | SD 21

After a 2019 special election, Rep. Anthony became the first Black woman to serve as Lansing’s State Representative. She prioritizes equal opportunity for all through good jobs, quality, affordable healthcare, and effective public education.

Sen. Rosemary Bayer | SD 13

Sen. Bayer’s passion for technology has spanned her career as a business analyst, small business owner, and the founder of a nonprofit that provides STEM support for girls and women. She prioritizes quality, affordable healthcare, and equal opportunity for all.

Rep. Darrin Camilleri | SD 4

The son and grandson of union auto workers, Rep. Camilleri, who currently serves in the Michigan House, champions empowering people over special interests. He plans to continue fighting for working families in the State Senate.

Rep. Kevin Hertel | SD 12

Even before he served in the Michigan House, as a student Rep. Hertel advocated for increased funding in higher education. He prioritizes effective public education and quality, affordable healthcare for all Michiganders.

Veronica Klinefelt | SD 11

When Veronica saw her community’s children being shortchanged, she ran for school board, exposed over $3 million in fraud, and ignited a career in public office that has lasted over 20 years. Her priorities? Clean air and water, and effective public education.

Rep. Padma Kuppa | SD 9

Rep. Kuppa is an engineer who has served her community in the Michigan House, where she continues to fight for clean water for all Michiganders. A longtime PTA volunteer, she champions public education and quality affordable healthcare including affordable prescription drugs.

Rep. David LaGrand | SD 30

Rep. LaGrand is an advocate, former public servant, and small business owner who is passionate about transparency in government and equal opportunity for all. He champions empowering people over special interests, good jobs, and clean air and water.

Kristen McDonald Rivet | SD 35

Kristen leads a nonprofit focused on creating and training Michiganders for good jobs. Her work has prioritized Michigan’s working families for over 30 years. She is running to fight for quality public education, good jobs, and economic growth in Lansing.

Rep. Terry Sabo | SD 32

Before serving in the Michigan House, Rep. Sabo, a former military policeman, served his district as a police officer and fire-fighter for 25 years. He prioritizes economic development through investing in sustainable infrastructure, resilience, and innovation.

Former Rep. Sam Singh | SD 28

The first Indian American lawmaker ever elected to the Michigan House, Former Rep. Singh also served as Leader. As a community leader focused on improving lives, he advocates for working families and champions quality public education, and clean air and water.

House Endorsees

Rep. Kelly Breen | HD 21

Rep. Breen is an advocate and public servant who was first elected to serve in the Michigan House in 2020. She prioritizes good jobs, quality, affordable healthcare, clean air and water, and effective public education for Michigan’s working families.

Rep. Julie Brixie | HD 73

As Trustee of Meridian Township, Rep. Brixie used her decades of experience in sustainability and innovation to implement initiatives advancing clean air and water, and resilient infrastructure. A daughter of educators, she also advocates for quality public education.

Jaime Churches | HD 27

A public school teacher, Jaime was inspired by her students and community to have an impact beyond her classroom. She champions investing in resilient infrastructure, small businesses, and quality public education that prioritizes Michigan’s earliest learners.

Jennifer Conlin | HD 48

As a journalist who spent the past 12 years covering Michigan’s small businesses, healthcare, and economic development, Jennifer is passionate about good jobs, improving public education, and expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Rep. Alex Garza | HD 29

Rep. Garza served his community as a City Councilman before being elected as the youngest Latino representative ever to serve in the Michigan House. He champions good jobs, resilient infrastructure, and high-quality public education.

Rep. Carol Glanville | HD 84

A teacher and education administrator, and community leader, Rep. Glanville was raised by union workers in West Michigan where she has lived all of her life. She champions quality public education, good jobs, and clean air, water, and energy.

In May, Rep. Glanville flipped HD 74. Under the new maps, she will run in HD 84 in the November election.

Rep. Jim Haadsma | HD 44

A Muskegon native, Rep. Haadsma is a longtime advocate for workers’ rights and good jobs, who has fought for working families struggling due to COVID-19 in the State House. He champions great public education, resilient infrastructure, and quality, affordable healthcare.

Cheri Hardmon | HD 68

An Emmy-nominated former news reporter with a passion for storytelling, Cheri wants to bring the stories of her constituents to Lansing, where she plans to advocate for good jobs, quality, affordable healthcare, and resilient infrastructure.

Rep. Rachel Hood | HD 81

A nonprofit leader who served Michiganders for more than 20 years, Rep. Hood also founded Local First, which focuses on economic development in the state. She prioritizes good jobs through investments in sustainable infrastructure and quality public education.

Maurice Imhoff | HD 46

If elected, Maurice — a historian who has worked on several high-profile initiatives — would be the youngest person to ever serve in the Michigan House and the first Black lawmaker to represent his district. His goal? New ideas in Lansing to improve Michiganders’ lives.

Rep. Matt Koleszar | HD 22

Rep. Koleszar is a former public school teacher who ran for office after seeing lawmakers pass bills that neglected schools and hard-working Michiganders. He plans to continue fighting for investing in children, and quality affordable healthcare for all.

Rob Kull | HD 28

A decorated Navy veteran, Rob currently serves as Veterans Service Officer for Monroe County, where he was born, raised, and would represent in Lansing. He champions resilient infrastructure and innovation, good jobs, and quality public education for working families.

Denise Mentzer | HD 61

Denise is a public servant and advocate for working families who has served her community as a City Commissioner. She is running to bring effective public education that serves all families, quality, affordable healthcare, and clean air and water.

Rep. Nate Shannon | HD 58

A former public school teacher, Rep. Shannon has served District 58 with the goal of making Michigan a better place to work, live, and play. He prioritizes effective public education, quality, affordable healthcare, and good jobs.

Rep. Angela Witwer | HD 76

Rep. Witwer is a small business owner who worked in healthcare for 22 years. A community leader and longtime advocate for strong public schools and better healthcare policy, she has fought for families in the Michigan House since 2019.

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2020

  • The States Project endorsees won eight seats in the Michigan House, all six of its endorsed incumbents — two-time endorsees from 2018 — and Representatives Christine Morse and Kelly Breen, who each flipped their seats. Two incumbent losses in seats that Trump carried meant that there was no change in the balance of power in the House.

2018

  • Representatives Laurie Pohutsky, Matt Koleszar, Mari Manoogian, Padma Kuppa, Jim Haadsma, and Angela Witwer, six TSP endorsees, flipped their seats to join the Michigan House of Representatives.