Michigan Senate

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Michigan State Senate
Michigan State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
2 terms (8 years)
New session started
January 12, 2011
Brian Calley (R)
since January 1, 2011
Majority Leader
Randy Richardville (R)
since January 13, 2011
President pro Tempore
Tonya Schuitmaker (R)
since January 13, 2011
Minority Leader
Gretchen Whitmer (D)
since January 13, 2011
Seats 38
Senate_diagram_2014 State of Michigan.svg
Political groups

Governing Party

Opposition Party

Length of term
4 years
Authority Article IV, Section 2, Michigan Constitution
Salary $71,865/year + expenses
Last election
November 4, 2014
(38 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(38 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Michigan Senate.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Michigan State Capitol
Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State Senate

The Michigan Senate is the upper house of the Michigan Legislature. The Senate consists of 38 members, who are elected from constituencies having approximately 212,400 to 263,500 residents.

Senators are elected at the same time as the governor and serve four-year terms concurrent with the governor of Michigan's term of office. Senate and gubernatorial elections are always held two years after the election for president of the United States, with the next election scheduled for November 4, 2014. Terms for senators begin on January 1 following the November general election. In general, Senators are eligible to serve two full four-year terms, except that Senators who have served more than half of a four-year term may only serve one full four-year term.


Members of the Senate are commonly referred to as senators. Because this shadows the terminology used to describe members of Congress, constituents and news media, using the Associated Press guidelines for journalist, often refer to members as state senator to avoid confusion with their federal counterparts. As elected officials, members of the Senate also receive the courtesy title of the Honorable (abbreviated to Hon. or Hon'ble) for life.

Billie S. Farnum Senate Office Building, Downtown Lansing

Composition of the Senate[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of Previous Legislature 26 12 38 0
Beginning of 2015 27 11 38 0
Latest voting share 71.1% 28.9%


Presiding Officers[edit]

Majority Leadership[edit]

The Republican Caucus, with 26 members, currently holds the majority. The Michigan Senate has been controlled by the Republicans since 1983.

  • Majority Leader: Randy Richardville
  • Assistant Majority Leader: David Hildenbrand
  • Majority Floor Leader: Arlan Meekhof
  • Assistant Majority Floor Leader: Phil Pavlov
  • Majority Caucus Chairperson: Rick Jones
  • Assistant Majority Caucus Chairperson: Patrick Colbeck
  • Majority Whip: Jack Brandenburg
  • Assistant Majority Whip: Darwin Booher

Minority Leadership[edit]

The Democratic Caucus, with 12 members, is currently in the minority.

Members of the Michigan Senate[edit]

District Senator Party Residence Eligible for
re-election in 2014?
1 Coleman Young II Dem Detroit Yes
2 Bert Johnson Dem Highland Park Yes
3 Morris Hood III Dem Detroit Yes
4 Virgil Smith Dem Detroit Yes
5 Tupac Hunter Dem Detroit No
6 Glenn S. Anderson Dem Westland No
7 Patrick Colbeck Rep Canton Yes
8 Hoon-Yung Hopgood Dem Taylor Yes (running in 6th)
9 Steven Bieda Dem Warren Yes
10 Tory Rocca Rep Sterling Heights Yes
11 Jack Brandenburg Rep Harrison Township Yes (running in 8th)
12 Jim Marleau Rep Lake Orion Yes
13 John Pappageorge Rep Troy No
14 Vincent Gregory Dem Southfield Yes (running in 11th)
15 Mike Kowall Rep White Lake Yes
16 Bruce Caswell Rep Hillsdale Yes (retiring)
17 Randy Richardville Rep Monroe No
18 Rebekah Warren Dem Ann Arbor Yes
19 Mike Nofs Rep Battle Creek Yes
20 Tonya Schuitmaker Rep Antwerp Township Yes (running in 26th)
21 John Proos Rep St. Joseph Yes
22 Joe Hune Rep Hamburg Township Yes
23 Gretchen Whitmer Dem East Lansing No
24 Rick Jones Rep Grand Ledge Yes
25 Phil Pavlov Rep St. Clair Township Yes
26 David Robertson Rep Grand Blanc Township Yes (running in 14th)
27 Jim Ananich Dem Flint Yes
28 Mark Jansen Rep Gaines Township No
29 Dave Hildenbrand Rep Lowell Yes
30 Arlan Meekhof Rep West Olive Yes
31 Mike Green Rep Mayville Yes
32 Roger Kahn Rep Saginaw Township No
33 Judy Emmons Rep Sheridan Yes
34 Goeff Hansen Rep Hart Yes
35 Darwin L. Booher Rep Evart Yes
36 John Moolenaar Rep Midland Yes (running for Congress)
37 Howard Walker Rep Traverse City Yes (retiring)
38 Tom Casperson Rep Escanaba Yes

See also[edit]


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