Aric Nesbitt

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Aric Nesbitt
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President pro tempore of the Michigan Senate
Assumed office
January 9, 2019
Preceded byTonya Schuitmaker
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 26th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2019
Preceded byTonya Schuitmaker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's 66th district
80th district (2011–2013)
In office
January 1, 2011 – January 1, 2017
Preceded byTonya Schuitmaker
Succeeded byBeth Griffin
Personal details
Born (1980-01-25) January 25, 1980 (age 39)
Porter Township, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Trisha Nesbitt
EducationKalamazoo Valley Community College
Hillsdale College (BA)
Norwegian School of Economics (MBA)

Aric Nesbitt (born January 25, 1980) is a member of the Michigan Senate, representing the 26th district. He concurrently serves as the President Pro Tempore of the Michigan State Senate. He previously represented the 66th District in the Michigan House of Representatives. Nesbitt was elected in November 2010 and served as the House Majority Floor Leader and Chair of the House Committee on Energy & Technology. Nesbitt served three terms in the State House and was term limited in 2016. The 66th House District includes Van Buren County, city of Parchment, Cooper Township, and Alamo Township in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. He is a member of the Republican Party and resides south of Lawton, Michigan with his wife, Trisha.[1]

Aric represents the 26th State Senate District, which includes all of Allegan & Van Buren Counties, along with Gaines Township & the City of Kentwood in Kent County.

Education[edit]

Nesbitt graduated from Lawton High School in 1998, the same school as his father and grandfather. During his senior year of high school he was dual enrolled at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Hillsdale College December 2001 and later earned his Masters in International Business from Norwegian School of Economics, NHH.[2]

Roles within MI Legislature[edit]

  • 2019–Present
    • Senate President Pro-Tempore
    • Chairman, Regulatory Reform Committee
    • Chairman, Appropriation Subcommittee on LARA/DIFS
    • Vice-Chairman, Finance Committee
    • Member, Appropriations Committee
    • Member, Advice & Consent Committee
    • Member, Government Operations Committee
    • Member, Energy & Technology Committee
    • Member, Insurance & Banking Committee


  • 2015–2016
    • House Majority Floor Leader
    • Chairman, Energy Committee
    • Member, Elections Committee
    • Chairman, Michigan House Republican Campaign Committee


  • 2013–2014
    • Chairman, Energy and Technology Committee
    • Member, Commerce Committee
    • Member, Tax Policy Committee
    • Member, Insurance Committee
    • Chairman, Michigan House Republican Campaign Committee


  • 2011–2012
    • Vice Chair, Government Operations Committee
    • Member, Energy and Technology Committee
      • Chairman, Subcommittee on Natural Gas
    • Member, Tax Policy Committee
    • Member, Education Policy Committee

Electoral history[edit]

Michigan's 26th Senate District General Election, Nov. 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Aric Nesbitt 61,509 57%
Democratic Garnet Lewis 43,395 40%
Libertarian Erwin Haas 2,375 2%
Green Robert M. Alway 1,153 1%


Michigan's 26th Senate District Republican Primary Election, August 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Aric Nesbitt 16,529 52%
Republican Bob Genetski 9,377 28%
Republican Don Wickstra 6,443 20%
Michigan's 66th District General Election, Nov. 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Aric Nesbitt 15,753 58%
Democratic Annie Brown 11.646 42%
Michigan's 66th District General Election, Nov. 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Aric Nesbitt 22,990 59%
Democratic Richard Rackovich 16,277 41%
Michigan's 80th District General Election, Nov. 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Aric Nesbitt 15,492 62%
Democratic Tom Erdmann 7,859 32%
Libertarian Bill Bradley 722 3%
No Party Affiliation Cheryl Evick 778 3%
Michigan's 80th District Primary Election, Aug. 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Aric Nesbitt 5,458 50%
Republican Shelly Hartmann 1,818 17%
Republican Frank Thompson 1,697 16%
Republican Robert Linderman 801 8%
Republican Douglas J. Harrington 769 7%
Republican William Queen 204 2%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Representative Aric Nesbitt :: House District 80 Archived January 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Gophouse.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-19.
  2. ^ Aric Nesbitt for State Representative – About Aric Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Votenesbitt.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-19.
Michigan Senate
Preceded by
Tonya Schuitmaker
President pro tempore of the Michigan Senate
2019–present
Incumbent