Kevin Cotter

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Kevin Cotter
72nd Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 14, 2015 – January 1, 2017
Preceded by Jase Bolger
Succeeded by Tom Leonard
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 99th district
In office
January 1, 2011 – January 1, 2017
Preceded by Bill Caul
Succeeded by Roger Hauck
Personal details
Born (1977-09-26) September 26, 1977 (age 39)
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jennifer Cotter
Alma mater Central Michigan University (B.S., M.S)
WMU Cooley Law School (J.D.)

Kevin Cotter is an American politician, who currently represents the 99th District in the Michigan House of Representatives.[1] He is a member of the Michigan Republican Party.[1] He worked as an attorney in Mt. Pleasant before winning election to the state House in 2010. He won a third term on Tuesday, holding of a strong challenge in the 99th district to win 52 percent of the vote. After serving as chair of the House Judiciary Committee and vice chair of the Elections and Ethics Committee, in November 2014, he was selected by the Republican caucus to serve as Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives for the 2015-16 legislative session.[2][3] On September 8, 2016, a federal lawsuit was filed against Representative Cotter (and numerous other defendants) by former State Representative Todd Courser.[2][4]

Personal life[edit]

Cotter is a graduate of Shepherd High School and holds a bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Administration, as well as a Master's of Science in Administration, both from Central Michigan University. He also earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.[2]

Electoral History[edit]

Michigan's 99th state House of Representatives District Republican Primary, 2010[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kevin Cotter 6,108 60.7 N/A
Republican Christine Alwood 3,960 39.3 N/A
Michigan's 99th state House of Representatives District General Election, 2010[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kevin Cotter 16,647 64.4 +10.0
Democratic Toni Sessoms 9,202 35.6 -7.0
Republican hold
Michigan's 99th state House of Representatives District General Election, 2012[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kevin Cotter (I) 18,150 57.4 -7.0
Democratic Adam Lawrence 13,468 42.6 +7.0
Republican hold
Michigan's 99th state House of Representatives District General Election, 2014[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kevin Cotter (I) 11,347 51.5 -5.9
Democratic Bryan Mielke 10,676 48.5 +5.9
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cotter wins state representative race; looks forward to 'getting work done' in Lansing", Central Michigan Life, November 3, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Meet Michigan's next House Speaker: Kevin Cotter wants to 'continue momentum' with GOP majority", mlive.com; accessed January 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Rick Mills (November 6, 2014). "Cotter is House speaker; Leonard speaker pro-tem". The Morning Sun. 
  4. ^ John Agar (September 9, 2016). "Courser Complaint" (PDF). MLive. 
  5. ^ "2010 Michigan Election Results 99th District Representative in State Legislature 2 Year Term (1) Position". Michigan Secretary of State. February 29, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ "2010 Michigan Election Results 99th District Representative in State Legislature 2 Year Term (1) Position". Michigan Secretary of State. February 22, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ "2012 Michigan Election Results 99th District Representative in State Legislature 2 Year Term (1) Position". Michigan Secretary of State. February 22, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ "2014 Michigan Election Results 99th District Representative in State Legislature 2 Year Term (1) Position". Michigan Secretary of State. February 22, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016.