Jul 21, 2015 at 12:03 PM
Twenty-six House members (out of 110) first elected in November 2012 were sworn in, while all 38 senators continue the four-year terms they began two years ago.
Following the 2010 Census, new district boundaries were created for all 110 House and 38 Senate districts. The Michigan Information & Research Service Inc. has granted MichiganVotes.org permission to reprint its guide to the 97th Legislature's 26 new members. To see it, click and download the Related File PDF (New Legislators) below this story.
Readers may find it of interest that all but four of these new members appear to have previously held another office; worked for a special-interest group; or worked for a unit of government, public school, government-funded entity or government employee union.
House Resolution 1 — Choose Rep. Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, to be Speaker of the House for the 2013-14 legislative session: passed 107-2 in the House. Traditionally, the minority party joins in a unanimous vote for Speaker of the House, but this year two Democrats (Geiss and Slavens) voted "no" to express their displeasure with passage of a Michigan right-to-work law the previous month. Reportedly, this was the first time in 46 years the speaker vote was not unanimous.
Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township: Y
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