Paul Hillegonds

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The Honorable
Paul C. Hillegonds
65th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 13, 1993 – December 30, 1996
Serving with Curtis Hertel (1993-1994)
Preceded by Lew Dodak
Succeeded by Curtis Hertel
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 88th district
54th District (1979-1992)
In office
January 1, 1979 – December 31, 1996
Preceded by Edgar J. Fredericks
Succeeded by Patricia L. Birkholz
Personal details
Born (1949-03-04) March 4, 1949 (age 66)
Holland, Michigan
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Michigan (B.A.)
Thomas Cooley Law School

Paul C. Hillegonds (born 1949) was a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives. He served as co-speaker with Democrat Curtis Hertel from 1993 until 1994.

Hillegonds received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Hillegonds was first elected to the state house in 1978, beginning his service in 1979. He previously had been a legislative aid and campaign chairman for U.S. Representative Philip Ruppe.[1] He was the leader of the Republicans in the house beginning in 1987. He served as speaker of the house from 1995-1996, after having been co-spekaer for one term.[2]

In 1997 Hillegonds left the legislature to become president of Detroit Renaissance. He remained in this position for nine years. In 2006 he was a co-leader of 'One United Michigan the main group opposed to the end of affirmative action on the ballot at the time.[3]

Hillegonds now works as the director of government relations for DTE Energy.[4]

In early 2013 Hillegonds was appointed director of the newly formed Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority.[5]


  • Daniel Loepp. Sharing the Balance of Power: An Examinnation of Shared Power in the Michigan House of Representatives, 1993-94. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999.
  • Forbes bio of Hillegonds


  1. ^ Public Sector Consultants bio of Hillegonds
  2. ^ Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce bio of Hillegonds
  3. ^ Model D article on Hillegonds
  4. ^ Motor Cities bio of Hillegonds
  5. ^ Detroit Free Press Jan. 17, 2013