|Majority Floor Leader of the Michigan House of Representatives|
January 12, 2011
|Preceded by||Kathy Angerer|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 98th district
January 1, 2009
|Preceded by||John Moolenaar|
February 17, 1965 |
|Alma mater||Northwood University
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army
Michigan National Guard
State Representative Jim Stamas was elected to his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2010, representing portions of Midland and Saginaw counties. Stamas is a former two-term Midland County commissioner. He was a Midland Township trustee from 1997-2004. He served on the boards of the Midland Downtown Development Authority, Midland Downtown Business Association, and Midland County Planning Commission.
On June 14, 2012, Stamas moved with the House Representative leadership to bar two fellow Representatives from speaking on the floor. One, Representative Lisa Brown (D - West Bloomfield) was denied speaking time after, during a debate regarding a restrictive anti-abortion bill, she made the remarks, "...Mr Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means 'no.'" According to Ari Adler, spokesman for the Republican Majority, "Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas determined Brown's comments violated the decorum of the House." Michigan State Representative Barb Byrum (D - Onondaga) was also barred June 14 from introducing an amendment to the same proposed anti-abortion bill that would ban men from receiving vasectomy procedures unless sterilization were necessary to save a man's life.
Stamas is the owner and former general manager of Pizza Sam's, the eatery in Midland the Stamas family has owned for nearly 50 years. Prior to running the family business, Stamas was self-employed as a realtor and was project manager at Case Systems. Stamas holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Northwood University and an associate's degree in business management from Delta College. Stamas served in both the U.S. Army and the Michigan National Guard. Jim and wife, Marsha, have been married for more than 29 years, and have a daughter and a son.