2018 Midterm Election Results
Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will be the next Governor of Michigan after defeating Republican challenger Bill Schuette. Whitmer, a former Senate Minority Leader will be joined by former Detroit city official Garlin Gilchrist II as the next Lieutenant Governor. Other notable positions include new Secretary of State Joceyln Benson (D) and new Attorney General Dana Nessel (D).
In the legislature, at the State level, Republicans maintain the majority in the State House and State Senate. Republicans will hold 22 of 38 MI Senate seats and 58 of 110 MI House seats in the next legislature beginning in January of 2019.
At the National level, while the Democrats have captured the majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans solidified their majority in the Senate. From Michigan, U.S Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) secured her 4th term in a tight race against Republican John James. In the U.S. House, Democrats flipped seats in Michigan's 8th and 11th congressional districts. In the 8th, Democrat Elissa Slotkin defeated Republican incumbent Mike Bishop and in the 11th district, Democrat Haley Stevens defeated Republican Lena Epstein.
Join the election update conference call next Wednesday, November 14 at 2:00pm for more in depth coverage on Michigan's new legislature and what it may mean for you. Register Now!
Wednesday Nov. 14 Join the Michigan Oil and Gas Association's Industry Advocates for a Post-Election Update with Bret Marr, Member of Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates (MHSA). Get an in-depth look at Michigan's new Legislature and what it may mean for you.
Bret Marr joined MHSA in 2003, and became a member of Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates, LLC in 2015. Prior to that, he successfully served as Director of Legislative Affairs for former Governor John Engler. Bret served as the primary contact between the Michigan Legislature and Governor Engler on legislative and appropriations issues. Bret coordinated Michigan’s electric restructuring plan in the Legislature as well as the rewrite of Michigan’s Telecommunications Act. He also shepherded numerous changes to Michigan’s tax structure, including a rewrite of the Brownfield program and streamlining of the tax reverted property process. He is consistently voted one of Lansing’s top lobbyists.
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2019 Michigan Oil and Gas Industry Legislative Education Day
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Michigan Oil and Gas Industry's Legislative Education Day, set to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol. The event will provide a great opportunity to meet with new representatives and reconnect with returning ones.