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, and is a Republican candidate for the 2014 U.S. Senate.
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.
Early political career
In 2000 Land ran unsuccessfully for the state Board of Education.
Michigan Secretary of State
In 2002, Land ran for Michigan Secretary of State and defeated Melvin Hollowell, a Detroit-based attorney, 55%-43% and took office on January 1, 2003. Land and her husband contributed more than $1.9 million of their own money in the 2002 and 2006 Secretary of State campaigns.
Her self-reported accomplishments include expanding online service options, improving services at branch offices to create shorter lines for customers, and implementing more reliable election equipment.
While Secretary of State, Land had 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 ordered Land to reinstate the affected voters. Land also implemented Michigan's equipment designed to assist voters with disabilities, a first for the state, and ensured accessibility to polling places to such voters.
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Land has endorsed the Medicaid expansion provided by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) while calling for the complete repeal of the law, and stated during the 2013 government shutdown that Obamacare should be defunded as a condition to keep the Federal government open. Land supports abortion only to save the life of the mother and does not support government funding of abortion.
She has declined to answer questions related to proposals in Washington to increase the minimum wage, previously stating that she opposes legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, but that there is room for a smaller increase.
On equal pay for women, Land said that women care more about flexibility than pay in their jobs, stating: “Well, we all like to be paid more and that’s great, but the reality is that women have a different lifestyle. They have kids, they have to take them to get dentist appointments, doctors appointments, all those kinds of things and they’re more interested in flexibility in a job than pay."
On gay marriage, Land said she believes in "traditional marriage between a man and a woman."
2014 U.S. Senate election
On June 3, 2013 Land announced her candidacy for the United States Senate in 2014.
According to financial disclosures, Land and her family have assets worth at least $34 million in real estate in Michigan and Florida.
|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|
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- "Congratulations! More than 1,000 participate in University-wide Commencement". Davenport University Review 2 (4): 8. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- "DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY PRESENTING HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE TO SECRETARY OF STATE TERRI LYNN LAND". Davenport University. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
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- Benen, Steve (15 March 2014). "Michigan’s Land shows how not to talk about healthcare". www.msnbc.com. NBC UNIVERSAL. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
- "Senate battle in Michigan: Whiskey and sled rides". Politico. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "Land opposes proposed min. wage hike". The Associated Press. April 30, 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- Rosin, Hanna (30 April 2014). "The war on women has lost its purpose". Miami Herald. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- Oosting, Jonathan (31 March 2014). "Republican Terri Lynn Land files signatures for U.S. Senate bid, talks gay marriage and minimum wage". Lansing News. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- "Gary Peters again criticizes Terri Land on auto bailout". Associated Press. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- Terri Lynn Land for Senate
- Terri Lynn Land at DMOZ
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
|Secretary of State of Michigan