|Dianne Yvonne Byrum|
|Member of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees|
January 1, 2009
|Preceded by||G. Scott Romney|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives from the 67th District|
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2006
|Preceded by||Paul DeWeese|
|Succeeded by||Barb Byrum|
|Member of the Michigan Senate from the 25th District|
January 1, 1995 – December 31, 2002
|Preceded by||Joe Conroy|
|Succeeded by||Judson Gilbert II|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives from the 68th District|
January 1, 1993 – December 31, 1994
|Preceded by||Shirley Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Lingg Brewer|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives from the 58th District|
January 1, 1991 – December 31, 1992
|Preceded by||Debbie Stabenow|
|Succeeded by||Michael E. Nye|
March 18, 1954 |
|Children||Barb Byrum, James Byrum|
|Residence||Onondaga Township, Michigan|
|Alma mater||Michigan State University|
|Occupation||Partner, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications|
|Website||Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications|
Dianne Yvonne Byrum (born March 18, 1954) is a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. She resides in Onondaga Township in Ingham County. She is now a partner with Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, an East Lansing, Mich.-based public relations firm that she founded with Mark Fisk, the former Communications Director for the Michigan House Democratic Caucus.
Byrum has been elected to numerous public offices, most recently as a member of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. Prior to that, Byrum served on the Michigan State House of Representatives from the 67th District, where she served as the first-ever woman Democratic House Leader. Byrum was term limited out of that office at the end of 2006. Her daughter, Barb Byrum, was elected to replace her in the House of Representatives.
Byrum was previously elected to serve two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from the 58th District, serving from 1991 to 1994. She then served in the Michigan Senate representing the 25th District, from 1995 to 2002. She was also an Ingham County Commissioner from 1983 to 1990. In 2000, she ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Michigan's 8th Congressional district. She lost to Republican Mike Rogers by only 111 votes, making it the closest Congressional election in the United States that year.
Byrum served as spokeswoman for the Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care, the organization that successfully passed a ballot initiative allowing the medical use of marijuana in Michigan on November 4, 2008.
Byrum served as Treasurer of the Michigan Democratic Party from 2007 until 2009.
Since 2007, Byrum has served as Co-Director of the Michigan Public Leadership Program.
|Republican||G. Scott Romney||1,793,777||22||-3|
|Democratic||Dianne Byrum (Incumbent)||25,709||54.8||10.6|
|Democratic||Dianne Byrum (Incumbent)||55,200||68.1||36.2|
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