Michigan GOP keeps House; local man to serve as Speaker

Michigan Republicans held on to the state House of Representatives, overcoming a bid by Democrats to take part of the Capitol back.

Democrats needed to flip 9 seats in the 110 member House, but were not able to do it.

The vote means Republicans retain control of the governor’s office and both the Michigan House and Senate, which will make it easier for Governor Rick Snyder to pass budgets and get his agenda through the legislature.

Michigan Republican Party chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel said that “voters spoke decisively in Michigan” and “we’ll be able to continue enacting the kinds of policies that have made Michigan a better place to live”.

It also means a mid-Michigan man will serve as Speaker of the House.

State Representative Tom Leonard of DeWitt won the leadership post back in September, and won his bid for re-election to the 93rd District, which represents Clinton County and parts of Gratiot County. The post puts him in charge of the House and makes him one of the most powerful people in Michigan.

His power will be short-lived, however. Leonard is in his third and final term and will have to give up his seat in 2018 because of term limits.

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