Michigan House Of Representatives Committee Assignments Definition

Michigan House of Representatives
99th Michigan Legislature

Lower house of the Michigan Legislature

Term limits

3 terms (6 years)

New session started

January 11, 2017

Speaker of the House

Tom Leonard (R)
Since January 11, 2017

Speaker pro tempore

Lee Chatfield (R)
Since January 11, 2017

Majority Floor Leader

Dan Lauwers (R)
Since January 1, 2017

Minority Leader

Sam Singh (D)
Since November 11, 2016

Minority Floor Leader

Christine Greig (D)
Since January 1, 2017


Political groups



Length of term

2 years
AuthorityArticle IV, Section 3, Michigan Constitution
Salary$71,865/year + expenses

Last election

November 8, 2016
(110 seats)

Next election

November 6, 2018
(110 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Michigan State Capitol
Lansing, Michigan
Michigan House of Representatives

The Michigan House of Representatives is the lower house of the Michigan Legislature. There are 110 members, each of whom is elected from constituencies having approximately 77,000 to 91,000 residents, based on population figures from the 2010 U.S. Census. Its composition, powers, and duties are established in Article IV of the Michigan Constitution.

Members are elected in even-numbered years, and take office on the January 1 following the November general election; the House first meets on the second Wednesday in January, according to the state constitution. Each member is limited to serving three terms of two years. The House meets in the north wing of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing.


Members of the Michigan House of Representatives are commonly referred to as representatives. Because this shadows the terminology used to describe members of Congress, constituents and news media, using the Associated Press guidelines for journalist, often refer to members as state representatives to avoid confusion with their federal counterparts. As elected officials, members of the House of Representatives also receive the courtesy title of the Honorable (abbreviated to Hon. or Hon'ble) for life.



(Shading indicates majority caucus)

End of Previous Legislature60461[1]1073
Begin 2017 session63471100
February 6, 2017[2]461091
May 9, 2017[3]451082
November 7, 2017[4]471100
January 1, 2018[5]461091
Latest voting share7001573000000000000♠57.3%7001427000000000000♠42.7%


Majority party[edit]

Minority party[edit]


1Tenisha YanceyDemWayne
2Bettie Cook ScottDemWayne3rd
3Wendell ByrdDemWayne2nd
4Rose Mary RobinsonDemWayne3rd
5Fred Durhal IIIDemWayne2nd
6Stephanie ChangDemWayne2nd
7LaTanya GarrettDemWayne2nd
8Sherry Gay-DagnogoDemWayne2nd
9Sylvia SantanaDemWayne1st
10Leslie LoveDemWayne2nd
11Jewell JonesDemWayne1st
12Erika GeissDemWayne2nd
13Frank LiberatiDemWayne2nd
14Cara ClementeDemWayne1st
15Abdullah HammoudDemWayne1st
16Robert KosowskiDemWayne3rd
17Joe BellinoRepMonroe, Wayne1st
18Kevin HertelDemMacomb1st
19Laura CoxRepWayne2nd
20Jeff NobleRepWayne1st
21Kristy PaganDemWayne2nd
22John ChirkunDemMacomb2nd
23Darrin CamilleriDemWayne1st
24Steve MarinoRepMacomb1st
25Henry YanezDemMacomb3rd
26Jim EllisonDemOakland1st
27Robert WittenbergDemOakland2nd
28Patrick GreenDemMacomb2nd (1st full)
29Tim GreimelDemOakland4th (3rd full)
30Diana FarringtonRepMacomb1st
31William J SowerbyDemMacomb1st
32Pamela HornbergerRepMacomb, St. Clair1st
33Jeffrey YarochRepMacomb1st
34Sheldon NeeleyDemGenesee2nd
35Jeremy MossDemOakland2nd
36Peter LucidoRepMacomb2nd
37Christine GreigDemOakland2nd
38Kathy CrawfordRepOakland2nd
39Klint KestoRepOakland2nd
40Mike McCreadyRepOakland3rd
41Martin HowrylakRepOakland3rd
42Lana TheisRepLivingston2nd
43Jim TedderRepOakland2nd
44Jim RunestadRepOakland2nd
45Michael WebberRepOakland2nd
46John ReillyRepOakland1st
47Henry VaupelRepLivingston2nd
48Pam FarisDemGenesee3rd
49Phil PhelpsDemGenesee3rd
50Tim SnellerDemGenesee1st
51Joe GravesRepGenesee4th (3rd full)
52Donna LasinskiDemWashtenaw1st
53Yousef RabhiDemWashtenaw1st
54Ronnie PetersonDemWashtenaw1st
55Adam ZemkeDemWashtenaw3rd
56Jason SheppardRepMonroe2nd
57Bronna KahleRepLenawee1st
58Eric LeutheuserRepBranch, Hillsdale2nd
59Aaron MillerRepCass, St. Joseph2nd
60Jon HoadleyDemKalamazoo2nd
61Brandt IdenRepKalamazoo2nd
62John BizonRepCalhoun2nd
63David MaturenRepCalhoun, Kalamazoo2nd
64Julie Alexander (politician)RepJackson1st
65Brett RobertsRepJackson2nd
66Beth GriffinRepVan Buren, Kalamazoo1st
67Tom CochranDemIngham3rd
69Sam SinghDemIngham3rd
70James LowerRepMontcalm, Gratiot1st
71Tom BarrettRepEaton2nd
72Steve JohnsonRepKent1st
73Chris AfendoulisRepKent2nd
74Rob VerHeulenRepKent, Ottawa3rd
75David LaGrandDemKent2nd (1st full)
76Winnie BrinksDemKent3rd
77Tommy BrannRepKent1st
78Dave PagelRepBerrien, Cass3rd
79Kim LaSataRepBerrien1st
80Mary WhitefordRepAllegan2nd (1st full)
81Dan LauwersRepSt. Clair3rd
82Gary HowellRepLapeer2nd (1st full)
83Shane HernandezRepSanilac, St. Clair1st
84Edward CanfieldRepHuron, Tuscola2nd
85Ben FrederickRepSaginaw, Shiawassee1st
86Thomas AlbertRepKent, Ionia1st
87Julie CalleyRepBarry, Ionia1st
88Roger VictoryRepOttawa3rd
89Jim LillyRepOttawa1st
90Daniela GarciaRepOttawa2nd
91Holly HughesRepMuskegon, Ottawa3rd
92Terry SaboDemMuskegon1st
93Tom LeonardRepClinton, Gratiot3rd
94Tim KellyRepSaginaw3rd
95Vanessa GuerraDemSaginaw2nd
96Brian ElderDemBay1st
97Jason WentworthRepArenac, Clare, Gladwin, Osceola1st
98Gary GlennRepMidland, Bay2nd
99Roger HauckRepIsabella, Midland1st
100Scott VanSingelRepLake, Newaygo, Oceana1st
101Curt VanderWallRepBenzie, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason1st
102Michele HoitengaRepMecosta, Osceola, Wexford1st
103Daire RendonRepIosco, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Roscommon1st
104Larry C. InmanRepGrand Traverse2nd
105Triston ColeRepAntrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Otsego2nd
106Sue AllorRepAlcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda, Presque Isle1st
107Lee ChatfieldRepCheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, Mackinac2nd
108Beau LaFaveRepDelta, Dickinson, Menominee1st
109Sara CambensyDemAlger, Luce, Marquette, Schoolcraft1st[6]
110Scott DiandaDemBaraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Marquette, Ontonagon3rd


Speaker of the House[edit]

Main article: List of Speakers of the Michigan House of Representatives

The 73rd and current Speaker of the House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the House and the leader of the majority party. The current Speaker is Tom Leonard, a third-term Republican from DeWitt.

The Speaker calls the House to order at the hour to which the House last adjourned, preserves order and decorum in the chamber, recognizes Members to speak, and puts all questions. The Speaker is the chief administrator of the House and is technically the employer of all legislative staff. There is also a Speaker pro tempore and two associate Speakers pro tempore who preside in the absence of the Speaker. The full duties of the Speaker are described in Chapter II of the Rules of the House.[7]

Clerk of the House[edit]

Clerk of the Michigan House of Representatives

Gary L. Randall

since January 12, 2011

StyleMister Clerk
AppointerElected by the House
Term lengthPleasure of the House (nominally a two-year Legislature)
Inaugural holderGeorge R. Griswold

The Clerk of the House of Representatives is elected by Members of the House at the beginning of each two-year term. The 33rd and current clerk is Gary L. Randall.[8] Randall also served as clerk from 1999 to 2006. The assistant clerk is Richard J. Brown, who served as clerk from 2007 to 2010. Both Randall and Brown are former Members of the House.

Under the rules of the House, the clerk is the parliamentarian of the House, presides in the absence of the Speaker or any Speaker pro tempore, takes roll at the beginning of each session day and announces whether or not a quorum is present, prepares the official calendar and journal of the House, is responsible for the care and preservation of all bills introduced in the House, and for bills sent from the Senate until they are returned to the Senate.[7][9]

Sergeant at Arms[edit]

The sergeant at arms of the House of Representatives is the chief police officer of the House, appointed by the Speaker. The current chief sergeant at arms is David D. Dickson, Jr.

The chief sergeant and the assistant sergeants are empowered as law enforcement officers by statute.[10] The sergeants at arms have authority to serve subpoenas and warrants issued by the House or any duly authorized officer or committee, see that all visitors are seated and at no time are standing on the floor or balconies of the House, ensure that reasonable decorum is maintained in the lobby immediately in front of the entrance to the chamber to ensure access for Members and to ensure equal treatment for all citizens.[7]


Article IV of the Michigan Constitution authorizes each house of the Legislature to "establish the committees necessary for the conduct of its business."[11] The House does much of its work in committees, including the review of bills, executive oversight, and the budget and appropriations process. Members of committees and their chairmen are appointed by the Speaker.[7][12] Bills are referred to a committee by the Speaker, and the chairman of a committee sets its agenda, including whether or not a bill will be reported to the full House. The Committee on Appropriations divides its work among subcommittees ordinarily structured by state department or major budget area.

There are also four statutory standing committees: Joint Committee on Administrative Rules; House Fiscal Agency Governing Committee; Legislative Council; Michigan Capitol Committee.

Unlike the Senate, the House does not utilize the committee of the whole.

House Fiscal Agency[edit]

Agency overview
HeadquartersCora B. Anderson House Office Building
Annual budget$3,105,200
Agency executives
  • Mary Ann Cleary, Director
  • Kyle I. Jen, Deputy Director
Parent departmentHouse Fiscal Agency Governing Board (Michigan House of Representatives)

The House Fiscal Agency is a nonpartisan agency within the House of Representatives which provides nonpartisan expertise to members of the House Appropriations Committee, as well as all other Members of the House. Fiscal analysts review the governor's budget recommendation, review and prepare budget bills, supplemental appropriations, and certain transfer requests, provide fiscal impact statements on legislative proposals, monitor state and national situations that may have budgetary implications, research and analyze fiscal issues, prepare reports and documents to assist legislative deliberations, and prepare special reports at the request of Representatives. The economist analyzes legislation related to tax and lottery issues, respond to Representatives' inquiries regarding state tax revenue, revenue sharing, and other economic issues, monitors state revenue, tracks state, and national economic conditions, and prepares reports on revenue and other economic issues. Legislative analysts prepare concise, nonpartisan summaries and analyses of bills. Summaries, completed prior to committee deliberations, describe how a bill would change current law, including any fiscal impact. Analyses are prepared for bills reported to the full House from committee and include, with the summary information, a description of the problem being addressed, arguments for and against the bill, and positions of interested organizations.[13]

The agency is governed by a six-member board consisting of the chairman and minority vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, the Speaker of the House and the minority leader, and the majority and minority floor leaders. The governing committee is responsible for HFA oversight, establishment of operating procedures, and appointment of the HFA director. The director is one of three state officials charged with annually forecasting the state's revenues at the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conferences, which are held at least twice each year.[14]

In January 1993, a front-page story in The Detroit News detailed a massive scandal in the House Fiscal Agency. For six years, the agency's imprest account was used to finance credit card payments, vacations, and property tax payments as well as payments to HFA employees and contract workers for non-existent workers. The scandal threatened to collapse the joint leadership agreement between the Democrats and Republicans brought about by a 55-55 partisan split in the House from the 1992 election. It resulted in Representative Dominic J. Jacobetti of Negaunee in the Upper Peninsula, the longest-serving Member in history, losing his position as chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee.[15]

Past composition of the House of Representatives[edit]

Main article: Political party strength in Michigan

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


Cora B. Anderson House of Representatives Office Building, Downtown Lansing

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