Craig DeRoche

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Craig M. DeRoche
69th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 12, 2005 – December 31, 2006
Governor Jennifer Granholm
Preceded by Rick Johnson
Succeeded by Andy Dillon
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 38th district
In office
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2008
Preceded by Nancy Cassis
Succeeded by Hugh D. Crawford
Personal details
Born (1970-10-04) October 4, 1970 (age 46)
Political party Republican
Children Three daughters
Residence Novi, Michigan
Alma mater Central Michigan University

Craig M. DeRoche (born October 4, 1970) is a Republican Party politician who served as speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives for the U.S. state of Michigan. Before being elected to the House of Representatives, DeRoche was a member of the Novi City Council.

DeRoche was first elected to the lower house of the Michigan Legislature to represent the 38th District in the general election on November 5, 2002. He was a member from January 1, 2003, to January 1, 2009.

In 2005, after being elected to a second term in the November 2, 2004, general election, DeRoche was elected speaker of the House. He served as speaker until the Democrats won a political majority in the general election on November 7, 2006.[1]

From 2007 until leaving the House of Representatives due to term limitations in 2009, he was the Republican leader.

During the 2008 presidential election campaign, DeRoche was co-chairman of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's campaign in Michigan.[2]

In 2010, DeRoche announced that he would not run for the 18th Senate District seat held by Nancy Cassis, who was prohibited by term limitations from seeking re-election to a third term. After leaving office, he endorsed then-Congressman C. Peter Hoekstra in his 2010 campaign for governor of Michigan.[3]

DeRoche was arrested on charges of suspected drunk driving on February 9, 2010, in Saline, Michigan.[4] On March 10, 2010, after an investigation by the Saline City Attorney, DeRoche was charged with one count of first-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.[5] On April 10, 2010, it was reported that DeRoche pleaded no-contest to impaired driving, also a misdemeanor, and was found guilty.[citation needed]

On June 27, 2010, DeRoche was arrested for allegedly being intoxicated and carrying a gun.[6] The charge was dismissed by the Michigan Court of Appeals since DeRoche was not actually carrying a gun at the time in question. The ruling stated DeRoche "was not engaging in an unlawful behavior nor were there any facts to suggest that (DeRoche) possessed the handgun for any unlawful purposes." [7]

In 2011, DeRoche was hired as the director of external affairs for Justice Fellowship.[8] DeRoche became president of Justice Fellowship in 2012.[9]

DeRoche is married and has three daughters. He is an active member of the Michigan Republican Party. He graduated from Walled Lake Western High School in 1988 and Central Michigan University. Craig is a 1993 graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University. He currently serves on the Board of Advisers for the program.[10]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2006 House of Representatives (38th District) General Election
    • Craig DeRoche (R), 59%
    • Tim Jarrell (D), 40%
    • Other, 1%
  • 2004 House of Representatives (38th District) General Election
    • Craig DeRoche (R), 61%
    • Joan Morgan (D), 38%
  • 2002 House of Representatives (38th District) General Election
    • Craig DeRoche (R), 68%
    • Linda E. Premo (D), 31%


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