Terri Lynn Land

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Terri Lynn Land
MI Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.JPG
41st Secretary of State of Michigan
In office
January 1, 2003 – January 1, 2011
Governor Jennifer Granholm
Preceded by Candice Miller
Succeeded by Ruth Johnson
Personal details
Born (1958-06-30) June 30, 1958 (age 56)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Daniel Hibma
Alma mater Hope College
Religion Reformed Church

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[edit]

Land graduated from Grandville High School. During this time, she was a "scatter blitzer" for the Gerald Ford campaign.[1] In 1978, she was one of the youngest attendees at the Republican State Convention.[1] She received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.[1]

Early political career[edit]

From 1992–2000, she was the Clerk of Kent County, the fourth largest county of Michigan.[1]

In 2000 Land ran unsuccessfully for the state Board of Education.[2]

Michigan Secretary of State[edit]

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.[citation needed] Land and her husband contributed more than $1.9 million of their own money in the 2002 and 2006 Secretary of State campaigns.[3]

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.[4]

In 2006, she won re-election to a second term, defeating Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh 56%-42%.[citation needed]

While Secretary of State, Land had purged thousands of voters from voting rolls based on Voter ID cards being returned as undeliverable.[5] 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.[6] 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.[1]

In 2009, Land was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Davenport University, "in recognition of her accomplishments and contributions to the community".[7][8]

After serving two terms, the maximum allowed in the state, she was succeeded by Republican Ruth Johnson.[9]

In 2014 Land gave US$3 million to her own campaign, but failed to include in her federal financial disclosure form any bank accounts or assets worth that amount. This raised questions if transfers from an account owned by her husband, Dan Hibma violated the spirit of campaign contribution laws, as candidate spouse contributions are subject to contribution limits. Her campaign said that it was an oversight in failing to disclose a joint account she has with her husband. A Detroit Free Press review of financial disclosure forms, showed Land and her husband had assets between them worth US$35 million in 2014, but only about US$1.5 million belonged to Land. [10]

Political positions[edit]

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,[11] 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,[12] 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.[13]

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."[14]

On gay marriage, Land said she believes in "traditional marriage between a man and a woman."[15]

2014 U.S. Senate election[edit]

On June 3, 2013 Land announced her candidacy for the United States Senate in 2014.

Land's largest backer is Americans for Prosperity, a group affiliated with the Koch brothers, which spent $3.6 million in support of her candidacy.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Land lives with her husband, Dan Hibma (m. 1983), in Byron Center.[3] They have two children: Jessica and Nicholas, an attend Corinth Reformed Church.[citation needed]

According to financial disclosures, Land and her family have assets worth at least $34 million in real estate in Michigan and Florida.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

Michigan Secretary of State Election 2006[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Terri Lynn Land (incumbent) 2,089,864 56.15
Democratic Carmella Sabaugh 1,561,828 41.96
Michigan Secretary of State Election 2002[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Terri Lynn Land 1,703,261 54.96
Democratic Melvin Hollowell 1,331,441 42.96


  1. ^ a b c d e "SECRETARY OF STATE TERRI LYNN LAND". Michigan Legislative Website. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "State of Michigan Election Results.". Secretary of State. November 7, 2000. Retrieved November 20, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c Eeggert, David (6 August 2013). "Michigan GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has deep pockets". The Associated Press. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "About Terri". Terri Lynn Land website. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Melzer, Eartha Jane (November 13, 2008). "Judge: Michigan voter purge is illegal". The Michigan Messenger. 
  6. ^ "United States Student Association Foundation et al. v. Land et al.". ACLU. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Congratulations! More than 1,000 participate in University-wide Commencement". Davenport University Review 2 (4): 8. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "Secretary of State 4 Year Term (1) Position". MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF STATE. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Where did Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land's $3 million come from?". Detroit Free Press. July 17 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Benen, Steve (15 March 2014). "Michigan’s Land shows how not to talk about healthcare". www.msnbc.com. NBC UNIVERSAL. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Senate battle in Michigan: Whiskey and sled rides". Politico. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Land opposes proposed min. wage hike". The Associated Press. April 30, 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Rosin, Hanna (30 April 2014). "The war on women has lost its purpose". Miami Herald. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ "Gary Peters again criticizes Terri Land on auto bailout". Associated Press. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Candice Miller
Secretary of State of Michigan
Succeeded by
Ruth Johnson