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|Posthumus in 2002|
|61st Lieutenant Governor of Michigan|
January 1, 1999 – January 1, 2003
|Preceded by||Connie Binsfeld|
|Succeeded by||John D. Cherry|
|10th Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate|
January 1, 1991 – December 31, 1998
|Preceded by||John Engler|
|Succeeded by||Dan DeGrow|
|Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 31st district
January 1, 1983 – December 31, 1998
|Preceded by||Robert VanderLaan|
|Succeeded by||Ken Sikkema|
19 July 1950 |
Richard "Dick" Posthumus (pronounced PAHST-hume-us) (born 19 July 1950) is an American farmer, businessman, and politician. He was the 61st Lieutenant Governor of Michigan and majority leader of the Michigan Senate. In 2002, he was the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Michigan.
Posthumus grew up on a dairy farm in Alto, Michigan, outside of Grand Rapids. He graduated from Michigan State University, during which he served as chairman of the College Republicans and as a vice chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.
In 1971, he managed the successful Michigan House of Representatives campaign of fellow student and future Michigan governor John Engler. Posthumus was elected to the Senate in 1982 and became majority leader in 1990, when Engler was elected governor. His 1982 campaign was managed by Saul Anuzis. Posthumus was the longest serving majority leader in the history of the Senate.
Posthumus joined Engler on as his running mate and candidate for lieutenant governor in 1998 and went on to serve in that post for four years. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 2002, having defeated Joe Schwarz in the Republican primary, but lost to Democrat Jennifer Granholm in the general election. He joined Compatico in 2005 and became the chief executive officer in 2006.
Posthumus married Pam Bartz in 1972. They have four children and four grandchildren. Pam died of cancer on 18 August 2010.
- 2002 election for Governor – Republican Primary
- Dick Posthumus (R), 81%
- Joe Schwarz (R), 19%
- "Snyder recruits Dillon, Posthumus for top posts". Detroit Free Press. 8 November 2010.
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