Paul C. Hillegonds
|65th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives|
|Succeeded by||Curtis Hertel|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 88th district
January 1, 1979 – December 31, 1996
|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 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. 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.
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.
In early 2013 Hillegonds was appointed director of the newly formed Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority.
- 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