Larry C. Inman
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives|
from the 104th district
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2015
|Preceded by||Wayne Schmidt|
Larry Charles Inman
April 10, 1954
|Alma mater||Northwestern Michigan College|
Northern Michigan University
Larry Charles Inman (born April 10, 1954) is an American politician in the Republican Party currently representing the 104th District—which includes Grand Traverse County—in the Michigan House of Representatives after being elected in November 2014.
He is a collector, historian, and educator on Amelia Earhart. Inman has been involved with efforts to create a traveling museum exhibit on her life and disappearance, and also efforts to locate Earhart's plane. He was previously interested in the RMS Titanic but shifted his interest to Earhart after the Titanic was located in 1985. According to Inman, as of July 2015, he has spent US$1.5 million on Earhart collectibles.
Inman has volunteered for Junior Achievement and the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA. He also spent time as a volunteer probation officer for Michigan's 86th District Court and served on Northwestern Michigan College's Curriculum Advisory Committee.
Inman had a brief internship in the Michigan Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division. In 1979, he began working for the Huntington National Bank (then Empire National Bank of Traverse City) as a loan adjustor. He retired in 2007 as vice president, commercial loan officer - sales executive senior.
Inman was elected to the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners in 1992 and served for 22 years. As a commissioner, he was elected to serve on the Michigan Association of Counties Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004, and served as president from 2002 to 2003. He also served on the National Association of Counties Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004, and the association's Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs Board from 2005 to 2014, including as chair from 2005 to 2006 and 2009 to 2011.
He served on the Northwest Regional Airport Commission of Cherry Capital Airport from 2007 to 2014, serving as chair of the board in 2008 and 2011. Inman was appointed to serve on the State of Michigan Community Corrections Board in Lansing from 1994 to 2014, serving as chair from 1999 to 2014. He served on the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments Board of Directors from 1998 to 2014, serving as chair from 2003 to 2014. Inman served on the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2006 and again from 2009 to 2010.
Michigan House of Representatives
In the House, Inman chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and is vice chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Natural Resources. He also serves on the House Committee on Appropriations and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges. Following his indictment, Inman has been removed from all committees.
Alleged abuse of office
Inman was indicted on May 14, 2019 for seeking campaign donations from unions in exchange for "no" votes on repealing Michigan's prevailing wage law. Inman allegedly texted at least two union representatives opposed to the repeal to ask for campaign contributions to oppose the law, and stated "We never had this discussion." The unions made no donations to Inman, and Inman ultimately voted against the union and with the majority to repeal the labor rights law. Prosecutors also claim that one union representative recorded a phone call with the representative on the same subject. Charges include extortion by using his authority as an elected representative, soliciting a bribe by corruptly soliciting a campaign contribution and knowingly making a false statement to the FBI. These charges carry sentences of up to twenty, ten and five years respectively. Shortly after the indictment, Inman was stripped of all of his committee assignments and was voted out of the House Republican caucus. Inman's trial began on December 3, 2019, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan before Chief Judge Robert Jonker.
In a public statement, Inman maintained his innocence, saying "I have never compromised the integrity of my vote on any issue. I have always represented my constituency honestly and legally. I intend on vigorously defending these charges and my reputation." Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield asked for Inman's resignation following the indictment.
In June 2019, Chatfield and House Minority Leader Christine Greig, co-sponsored a resolution asking Inman to resign or face possible expulsion from the House of Representatives. On June 6, 2019, Inman announced via his lawyer that he was going to seek treatment for possible addiction to prescription opiates. Chatfield said he would delay expulsion proceedings as Inman began his treatment but reiterated that he thinks Inman should resign. On August 29, 2019, the Michigan House of Representatives approved a resolution calling on Inman to resign by a 98-8 tally.
In August 2019, the Board of State Canvassers certified language allowing a group to collect signatures to potentially trigger a recall election to remove Inman from office. In November 2019, the recall petition was dismissed by state officials after the petition that was circulated to be signed was missing one word that was on the language that was approved by the Board of State Canvassers. State Elections Director Sally Williams said that there was no no wiggle room and that the petition language must match the previously approved reasons for a recall. Nearly 14,000 signatures were collected from his district, which would have been more than enough to trigger a recall election.
On December 2, 2019, the Inman Recall Committee, the group who circulated the recall petitions, filed an appeal asking for emergency relief so the group could move forward with plans for a recall election and have it placed on the March 2020 ballot.
Awards and recognition
- "Larry Inman" (PDF). Michigan Manual 2015-2016. State of Michigan. 2015. p. 200.
- "Larry Inman, District 104". Michigan House Republicans. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
- "2014 Live Michigan election results: State House Districts 1-110". MLive. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
- Bart Stupak (February 15, 2007). "Tribute To Larry Inman". Capitol Words. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- Gray, Kathleen (27 July 2015). "Michigan lawmaker's life passion: Amelia Earhart". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- "The Voter's Self Defense System". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- Riga, Kate (May 30, 2019). "The Text Messages That Earned This Michigan GOPer A Grand Jury Indictment". talkingpointsmemo. TPM. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
We never had this discussion.
- Oosting, Johnathan (May 28, 2019). "Rep. Inman pleads not guilty, has no plans to resign". detroitnews.com. The Detroit News. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
Federal prosecutors last week indicated their evidence also includes a recorded phone call between Inman and a carpenters union representative, along with additional text messages in which he allegedly solicited contributions from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ahead of the prevailing wage vote.
- Lauren Gibbons (May 21, 2019). "Michigan lawmaker accused of bribery removed from House Republican caucus". MLive. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
- Craig Mauger (December 4, 2019). "Lobbyists at bribery trial: Inman's text messages 'inappropriate'". The Detroit News.
- Oosting, Jonathan; LeBlanc, Beth (2019-05-15). "GOP House Speaker asks indicted Michigan lawmaker to resign". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
- Lauren Gibbons (June 4, 2019). "House leadership introduces resolution calling for Rep. Inman to resign". MLive. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
- Beth LeBlanc and Jonathan Oosting (June 6, 2019). "Indicted lawmaker plans to seek opioid treatment, lawyer says". The Detroit News. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
- Kathleen Gray (August 29, 2019). "Michigan House calls on Rep. Larry Inman to resign after 98-8 vote". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
- Julie Mack (August 1, 2019). "Recall effort against state Rep. Larry Inman can move ahead, Michigan board says". MLive.
- Associated Press (November 29, 2019). "Missing word on petition ends recall effort against Rep. Larry Inman". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
- Beth LeBlanc (December 2, 2019). "Inman recall group challenges state's decision to throw out signatures". The Detroit News. Retrieved December 4, 2019.