Terri Lynn Land
|Terri Lynn Land|
|41st Secretary of State of Michigan|
January 1, 2003 – January 1, 2011
|Preceded by||Candice Miller|
|Succeeded by||Ruth Johnson|
June 30, 1958 |
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||Hope College|
Terri Lynn Land (born June 30, 1958 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) was Michigan's 41st Secretary of State. Land was a member of the Republican National Committee from the 2012 Republican National Convention until stepping down to focus on her 2014 U.S. Senate bid.
Early life and education
Land graduated from Grandville High School. During this time, she was a "scatter blitzer" for the Gerald Ford campaign. In 1978, she was one of the youngest attendees at the Republican State Convention. She received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Land worked in the family motel business during high school and after college.
In 2007 Land was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Public Service by Central Michigan University at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. In 2009 Davenport University presented her with a Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Early political career
From 1992–2000, she was the Clerk of Kent County, the fourth largest county of Michigan. She concentrated on making county government more "user-friendly" to the public and made sure that election information and vital records were accessible and 100% accurate. She enforced the campaign finance laws and worked with the Qualified Voter File.
In 2000 Land ran unsuccessfully for the state Board of Education.
Michigan Secretary of State
Her accomplishments include expanding online service options, revolutionizing branch offices to create shorter lines for customers, and implementing more reliable election equipment.
In her role as Secretary of State, Land purged thousands of voters from voting rolls based on Voter ID cards being returned as undeliverable. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took Michigan to court over the purges. Judge Stephen J. Murphy ruled the purge illegal under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 and directed Land to reinstate the affected voters.
2014 U.S. Senate election
|Michigan Secretary of State Election 2006|
|Republican||Terri Lynn Land (incumbent)||2,089,864||56.15|
|Michigan Secretary of State Election 2002|
|Republican||Terri Lynn Land||1,703,261||54.96|
- "State of Michigan Election Results.". Secretary of State. November 7, 2000. Retrieved November 20, 2008.
- Melzer, Eartha Jane (November 13, 2008). "Judge: Michigan voter purge is illegal". The Michigan Messenger.
- Term Limit Laws at michiganinbrief.org
- Election results, Michigan
- Terri Lynn Land for Senate
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
|Secretary of State of Michigan