Kathy Angerer

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Kathy Angerer
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 55th district
In office
January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2010
Preceded byMatt Milosch
Succeeded byRick Olson
Personal details
BornCarleton, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic

Kathy Angerer is currently the Acting City Manager, and former Director of Community & Economic Development and Community and Governmental Affairs for the city of Hamtramck, Michigan (2013), and was Executive Director of Government Affairs at AT&T Michigan from 2011-2013. From 2005-2010, she served as Democratic State Representative in the Michigan State House of Representatives, representing the 55th House District which covers parts of Monroe County and Washtenaw County. During her final term ending in 2010, she served as the Majority Floor Leader of the Michigan House of Representatives.


Angerer grew up in Carleton, Michigan, and is a lifelong Monroe County resident.[1] She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Monroe; attended Monroe County Community College.[2] and is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. She has five adult children.[3] Prior to serving as State Representative, Angerer was the Communications Director for the Dundee Community Schools, where she successfully worked with a coalition of parents, teachers, and administrators to pass a millage expanding the size of Dundee High School.

As a legislator, Representative Angerer was noted to author legislation brought to her by residents of her district. Two such examples include her legislation to fix problems with railroad crossing inspections and to expand the Michigan Promise Grant program.[3] She also authored legislation creating a statewide Patient Safety Organization to which all state hospitals must report adverse effects for the purpose of learning from mistakes and improving patient safety. One of her biggest priorities as a State Representative was legislation requiring insurance companies to cover treatment for children with autism, which while unsuccessful while she was in office, she continued to be a strong leading advocate towards final passage in 2012.[3]

For the 95th Session of the Legislature in 2009, Angerer was elected by her colleagues to be the Majority Floor Leader. She had served as the Assistant Floor leader during the previous sessions.[3]

Early in her service, Angerer was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Pharmacists' Association, the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, the Michigan Agri-Business Association. She was named as a Public Policy Health Champion in 2008 by the Michigan Department of Community Health. The Southwest Lake Erie Chapter of Waterfowl U.S.A. named her as Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year for 2009. In 2010, she was named Legislator of the Year by both the Michigan Association of Chiropractors and the Michigan Distributors and Vendors Association.[3]

2004 election[edit]

Angerer was elected to the State House in 2004, beating incumbent Republican Matt Milosch. The race was one of the most expensive in Michigan in 2004, with over $500,000 spent between the two candidates and parties.[4] Pundits credited Angerer's win with a strong door-to-door campaign which began in March of that year. Milosch was criticized for making statements against the minimum wage.[5]

2006 election[edit]

Angerer was the lone Democrat running for State Representative in the district. She once again faced Republican Matt Milosh in the general election, and she was reelected. Again, Angerer's win was attributed to aggressive campaigning. She had also developed a strong reputation for delivering good service to her constituents as she visited more than 11,000 resident's homes during the campaign "off-season" to become aware of their concerns and help them with any state government-related issues.[6] Angerer bested Milosch in the general election, outspending him nearly three-to-one.[6]

2008 election[edit]

Again, Angerer was unchallenged in the Democratic primary. She beat Republican challenger Frank Moynihan in the November election. Moynihan was the surprise winner of the Republican primary, who ran a rather unconventional campaign. He refused to speak directly to the media and maintained a spartan website. As such, this race was seen by pundits to be heavily one-sided and led to Angerer improving on her vote-totals for the third straight election.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

Michigan State Representative 55th District Election 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Kathy Angerer 24,299 50.33 n/a
Republican Matt Milosch 23,980 49.66 n/a
Majority 319 0.0066
Turnout 48,279 100
Democratic gain from Republican Swing
Michigan State Representative 55th District Election 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Kathy Angerer 23,409 63.92 +14.26
Republican Matt Milosch 13,208 36.07 -13.59
Majority 10,201 27.85
Turnout 36,617 100
Democratic hold Swing
Michigan State Representative 55th District Election 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Kathy Angerer 33,236 66.08 +2.16
Republican Frank Moynihan 17,054 33.91 -2.16
Majority 16,182 32.17
Turnout 50,290 100
Democratic hold Swing

On-going City Manager Scandal, Possible Collusion, & Ongoing Controversy Around Angerer's Role[edit]

Kathy was appointed as the Interim City Manager on July 11, 2017,[8] in a meeting that involved much yelling and disagreement between council members. Her role continues to be a point of contention on the Hamtramck Council. On August 7, 2018 in the primary election, a City Charter Amendment[9] that changes the way the City Manager is appointed was adopted. Speculation as to whether this was written to specifically accommodate Angerer or whether it was written to open the broader City Manager search up was unsure. Artists & residents handed out flyers[10] encouraging voters to vote against the proposal, saying it would give the council too much power to waive eligibility requirements.

On August 28, 2018 at the regular Hamtramck City Council Meeting, a resolution was brought forth for "Approval of Appointment of Kathleen Angerer as Hamtramck City Manager" At 7:48pm two council members, Andrew Perrotta and Andrea Karpinski exited the meeting in protest, in order to break quorum. There was no action due to lack of quorum and Kathy Angerer was not appointed as permanent City Manager.[11]

Just within the Open Meetings' Act Time Frame, public comment and the resolution to appoint Kathy Angerer[12] were added to a Special Meeting Agenda for Friday evening August 31, 2018 at 7p.[11] This happens to be the evening of one of the large annual festival in Hamtramck,[13] a holiday weekend, and during famed local "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin's funeral,[14] so the public attendance will likely be sparse (it is speculated this is by design).

This special meeting is in line with the way Kathy Angerer & the City Council regularly work. As summarized by the Metro Times: "When the majority of the city council turns away from the fresh air and sunshine of public debate, concocts their plans in private, and then uses special meetings, narrowly controlled information, and lock-step voting to push an agenda, this is precisely the environment in which rumors not only flourish, they can’t be effectively quashed." [15]


  1. ^ "State Bar of Michigan". Public Policy Resource Center. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  2. ^ "2008 Primary Election Profiles". The Monroe Evening . News. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Kathy Angerer". Biography. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  4. ^ "Parties Spent Big to Beat Elkins, Milosch" (Subscription Required). Gongwer. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  5. ^ "Incumbent-Slayers Angerer, Moore Reflect on Wins" (Subscription Required). Gongwer. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  6. ^ a b "Angerer, Milosch Face Off in Role Reversal for House 55th". Gongwer (Subscription Required). Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  7. ^ "One-Sided House Race Likely in the 55th". The Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  8. ^ "Muslim majority Hamtramck City Council appoints Christian woman as city manager". Arab American News. 2017-07-14. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  9. ^ Haddad, Ken. "Hamtramck Charter Amendment Proposal Aug. 7, 2018 Primary..." www.clickondetroit.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  10. ^ "Election notes: For many voters, local races, issues are what counts | Hamtramck Review". www.thehamtramckreview.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  11. ^ a b "BoardDocs® LT". www.boarddocs.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  13. ^ "2018 Hamtramck Labor Day Festival – Hamtramck Labor Day Festival". hamtownfest.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  14. ^ "Aretha Franklin funeral: Speakers, musicians, nation celebrate the Queen of Soul". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  15. ^ Jackman, Michael. "Charges of collusion and other drama at Hamtramck City Council last night". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2018-08-31.

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