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 at 12 p.m. (EST) on January 1[1] following the November general election. Concurrently with the Michigan Senate, the House first convenes on the second Wednesday in January, according to the state constitution.[2] Each member is limited to serving three terms of two years. The House meets in the north wing of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing.

Qualifications

According to the constitution of Michigan, to be eligible for the office of State Representative a person must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age, and a registered and qualified elector of the district he or she wishes to represent by the filing deadline.

Title

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

Composition

AffiliationParty

(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
RepublicanDemocraticVacant
Begin 2021 Session58521100
October 1, 2021[3]57521091
November 10, 2021[4]55521073
Latest voting share50%47%3%

Leadership

Majority party

Minority party

Members

Composition of the Michigan State House after the 2018 elections

  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
  Vacant (formerly Democratic)
DistrictRepresentativePartyCounty(ies)Term
1Tenisha YanceyDemWayne3rd (2nd full)
2Joe TateDemWayne2nd
3Shri ThanedarDemWayne1st
4Abraham AiyashDemWayne1st
5Cynthia A. JohnsonDemWayne2nd
6Tyrone CarterDemWayne2nd
7Helena ScottDemWayne1st
8Stephanie YoungDemWayne1st
9Karen WhitsettDemWayne2nd
10Mary CavanaghDemWayne1st
11Jewell JonesDemWayne3rd
12Alex GarzaDemWayne2nd
13Tullio LiberatiDemWayne1st
14Cara ClementeDemWayne3rd
15Abdullah HammoudDemWayne3rd
16Kevin ColemanDemWayne2nd
17Joe BellinoRepMonroe, Wayne3rd
18Kevin HertelDemMacomb3rd
19Laurie PohutskyDemWayne2nd
20Matt KoleszarDemWayne2nd
21Ranjeev PuriDemWayne1st
22Richard SteenlandDemMacomb1st
23Darrin CamilleriDemWayne3rd
24Steve MarinoRepMacomb3rd
25Nate ShannonDemMacomb2nd
26Jim EllisonDemOakland3rd
27Regina WeissDemOakland1st
28Lori StoneDemMacomb2nd
29Brenda CarterDemOakland2nd
30Diana FarringtonRepMacomb3rd
31William SowerbyDemMacomb3rd
32Pamela HornbergerRepMacomb, St. Clair3rd
33Jeffrey YarochRepMacomb3rd
34Cynthia NeeleyDemGenesee2nd (1st full)
35Kyra Harris BoldenDemOakland2nd
36Vacant[5]Macomb
37Samantha SteckloffDemOakland1st
38Kelly BreenDemOakland1st
39Ryan BermanRepOakland2nd
40Mari ManoogianDemOakland2nd
41Padma KuppaDemOakland2nd
42Ann BollinRepLivingston2nd
43Vacant[6]Oakland
44Matt MaddockRepOakland2nd
45Mark TisdelRepOakland1st
46John ReillyRepOakland3rd
47Bob BezotteRepLivingston1st
48David MartinRepGenesee1st
49John Cherry IIIDemGenesee2nd
50Tim SnellerDemGenesee3rd
51Mike MuellerRepGenesee2nd
52Donna LasinskiDemWashtenaw3rd
53Yousef RabhiDemWashtenaw3rd
54Ronnie PetersonDemWashtenaw3rd
55Felicia BrabecDemWashtenaw1st
56TC ClementsRepMonroe1st
57Bronna KahleRepLenawee3rd
58Andrew FinkRepBranch, Hillsdale1st
59Steve CarraRepCass, St. Joseph1st
60Julie RogersDemKalamazoo1st
61Christine MorseDemKalamazoo1st
62Jim HaadsmaDemCalhoun2nd
63Matt HallRepCalhoun, Kalamazoo2nd
64Julie AlexanderRepJackson3rd
65Sarah LightnerRepJackson2nd
66Beth GriffinRepVan Buren, Kalamazoo3rd
67Kara HopeDemIngham2nd
68Sarah AnthonyDemIngham2nd
69Julie BrixieDemIngham2nd
70Pat OutmanRepMontcalm, Gratiot1st
71Angela WitwerDemEaton2nd
72Steve JohnsonRepKent3rd
73Bryan PosthumusRepKent1st
74Vacant[7]Kent
75David LaGrandDemKent3rd full
76Rachel HoodDemKent2nd
77Tommy BrannRepKent3rd
78Brad PaquetteRepBerrien, Cass2nd
79Pauline WendzelRepBerrien2nd
80Mary WhitefordRepAllegan3rd full
81Gary EisenRepSt. Clair2nd
82Gary HowellRepLapeer3rd full
83Andrew BeelerRepSanilac, St. Clair1st
84Phil GreenRepHuron, Tuscola2nd
85Ben FrederickRepSaginaw, Shiawassee3rd
86Thomas AlbertRepKent, Ionia3rd
87Julie CalleyRepBarry, Ionia3rd
88Luke MeermanRepOttawa2nd
89Jim LillyRepOttawa3rd
90Bradley SlaghRepOttawa2nd
91Greg VanWoerkomRepMuskegon2nd
92Terry SaboDemMuskegon3rd
93Graham FillerRepClinton, Gratiot2nd
94Rodney WakemanRepSaginaw2nd
95Amos O’NealDemSaginaw1st
96Timothy BesonRepBay1st
97Jason WentworthRepArenac, Clare, Gladwin, Osceola3rd
98Annette GlennRepMidland, Bay2nd
99Roger HauckRepIsabella, Midland3rd
100Scott VanSingelRepLake, Newaygo, Oceana3rd
101Jack O’MalleyRepBenzie, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason2nd
102Michele HoitengaRepMecosta, Osceola, Wexford3rd
103Daire RendonRepCrawford, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Roscommon3rd
104John RothRepGrand Traverse1st
105Ken BortonRepAntrim, Charlevoix, Otsego, Montmorency, Oscoda1st
106Sue AllorRepAlcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco, Presque Isle3rd
107John DamooseRepCheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, Mackinac1st
108Beau LaFaveRepDelta, Dickinson, Menominee3rd
109Sara CambensyDemAlger, Luce, Marquette, Schoolcraft3rd
110Gregory MarkkanenRepBaraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Marquette, Ontonagon2nd

Officials

Speaker of the House

The 75th 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 Jason Wentworth, a third-term Republican from Clare.

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.[8]

Clerk of the House

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.[9] 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.[8][10]

Sergeant at Arms

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.[11] 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.[8]

Committees

Article IV of the Michigan Constitution authorizes each house of the Legislature to “establish the committees necessary for the conduct of its business.”[12] 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.[8][13] 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. Currently, it would appear, the House committees meet on a ‘year by year’ basis. A full list may be accessed here.[14]

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

House Fiscal Agency

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.[15]

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.[16]

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; the conviction and imprisonment of HFA Director John Morberg; and the resignation of state representative Stephen Shepich as part of a plea bargain.[17]

Past composition of the House of Representatives

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ “Michigan Legislature – Article XI § 2”. legislature.mi.gov. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  2. ^ “Michigan Legislature – Article IV § 13”. legislature.mi.gov. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Republican Andrea Schroeder (District 43) dies. [1]
  4. ^ Republicans Doug Wozniak (District 36) and Mark Huizenga (District 74) resign after election to the Senate. [2][3]
  5. ^ “Wozniak sworn in as senator of Macomb’s 8th District”. #MISenateGOP. Michigan Senate Republicans. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  6. ^ Mauger, Craig. “Michigan Rep. Andrea Schroeder dies after cancer battle”. The Detroit News. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  7. ^ “Rep. Doug Wozniak and Rep. Mark Huizenga will be resigning from House and joining Senate this afternoon”. Gongwer News. Twitter. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d Rules of the Michigan House of Representatives
  9. ^ House Resolution 3: A resolution to provide for the Clerk of the House of Representatives for the Ninety-seventh Legislature
  10. ^ 2011-2012 Michigan Manual: Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives (p. 302)
  11. ^ Legislative Sergeant at Arms Police Powers Act, 185 PA 2001, MCL 4.381-4.382
  12. ^ Michigan Constitution: Article IV, § 17 Committees; record of votes, public inspection, notice of hearings.
  13. ^ Journal of the House of Representatives: 97th Legislature—Regular Session of 2013, No. 5 (pg. 77-78)
  14. ^ Standing Committees, retrieved November 27, 2020
  15. ^ About Us :: House Fiscal Agency
  16. ^ Michigan Legislature: Management and Budget Act: MCL 18.1367b Revenue estimating conference; principals; forecasts.
  17. ^ Gongwer News Service Blog: The Scandal, 20 Years Later

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