Lee Chatfield

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Lee Chatfield
Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 9, 2019
Preceded byTom Leonard
Speaker pro tempore of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 11, 2017 – January 9, 2019
Preceded byTom Leonard
Succeeded byJason Wentworth
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 107th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2015
Preceded byFrank Foster
Personal details
Born (1988-05-25) May 25, 1988 (age 30)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Stephanie Chatfield
EducationNorthland International University (BA)
Liberty University (MPA)
Family photo, 2018

Lee Roberson Chatfield (born May 25, 1988) is an American politician currently serving as Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. Chatfield, a Republican from Levering, is the State Representative from the 107th House district. He is currently in his third term and represents the people of Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet and Mackinac counties.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Family photo, 2017

Lee married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie (Zondervan), and they have four sons and one daughter.

Lee's father, Rusty Chatfield, has been a minister in Pellston and Burt Lake for more than 30 years, and Lee graduated high school from Northern Michigan Christian Academy. Sports also has played a big role in his life, as an athlete and coach.

Education[edit]

While earning a bachelor’s degree at Northland International University, Lee was named a 1st Team Adidas All-American for soccer and continues to use his collegiate experience as a player to impact the next generation through coaching and mentoring. After graduating from Northland, Chatfield earned a master’s degree in public policy from Liberty University.[2]

Professional life[edit]

Rep. Chatfield hosts state legislators on a tour of the Soo Locks

Chatfield, of Levering, is currently serving his fifth year in the Michigan House of Representatives and represents the people of Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet and Mackinac counties.

Before his election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2014, Lee served as a full-time high school teacher, coach and athletic director at his alma mater, Northern Michigan Christian Academy.[3]

Chatfield was previously the youngest House Speaker Pro Tempore in Michigan history, and is currently the youngest state House Speaker in the country.

Chatfield was re-elected to the state Legislature in 2016 with 67 percent of the vote.[4]

In 2018, he was re-elected to a third term with over 58 percent of the vote.

Rep. Lee Chatfield testifies on legislation at the Michigan Capitol

Firearms Security Violation[edit]

On July 15, 2018, Chatfield attempted to bring a loaded, unregistered handgun onto a commercial flight at Pellston Regional Airport.[5] He was fined $250 for failure to register his handgun, which he had purchased in December, 2015.[6] He also paid a $1,960 fine from the Transportation Security Administration.[7] Chatfield had previously introduced a bill in the Michigan House of Representatives to make handgun registration voluntary.[8]

Lee Chatfield meets with residents during monthly office hours

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://gophouse.org. "Lee Chatfield, District 107 - Michigan House Republicans". Michigan House Republicans. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  2. ^ "Lee Chatfield for State Representative". Lee Chatfield for State Representative. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  3. ^ "Lee Chatfield for State Representative". Lee Chatfield for State Representative. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  4. ^ "Lee Chatfield for State Representative". Lee Chatfield for State Representative. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  5. ^ https://www.petoskeynews.com/blue/chatfield-detained-at-airport-after-loaded-gun-found-in-carry/article_e1e986d2-94f2-11e8-a054-57aaea09ca24.html
  6. ^ https://www.petoskeynews.com/news/local/state-rep-pays-one-fine-another-to-be-determined/article_3d77a3c4-0bd1-5259-8238-732efe1fc04d.html
  7. ^ https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/01/24/michigan-house-speaker-pays-1960-fine-gun-incident/2666380002/
  8. ^ http://gophouse.org/rep-chatfield-introduces-bill-eliminate-pistol-registration-mandate/

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Michigan House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tom Leonard
Speaker pro tempore of the Michigan House of Representatives
2017–2019
Succeeded by
Jason Wentworth
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Leonard
Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
2019–present
Incumbent