Paul Hillegonds

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The Honorable
Paul C. Hillegonds
65th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 13, 1993 – December 30, 1996
Serving with Curtis Hertel (1993–1994)
Preceded by Lew Dodak
Succeeded by Curtis Hertel
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 88th district
54th District (1979–1992)
In office
January 1, 1979 – December 31, 1996
Preceded by Edgar Fredricks
Succeeded by Patricia L. Birkholz
Personal details
Born (1949-03-04) March 4, 1949 (age 67)
Holland, Michigan
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Michigan (B.A.)
Thomas Cooley Law School

Paul C. Hillegonds (born March 4, 1949) was a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives. He served as co-speaker with Democrat Curtis Hertel from 1993 until 1994.

Hillegonds received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Hillegonds was first elected to the state house in 1978, beginning his service in 1979. He previously had been a legislative aid and campaign chairman for U.S. Representative Philip Ruppe.[1] He was the leader of the Republicans in the house beginning in 1987. He served as speaker of the house from 1995-1996, after having been co-spekaer for one term.[2]

In 1997 Hillegonds left the legislature to become president of Detroit Renaissance. He remained in this position for nine years. In 2006 he was a co-leader of 'One United Michigan the main group opposed to the end of affirmative action on the ballot at the time.[3]

Hillegonds now works as the director of government relations for DTE Energy.[4]

In early 2013 Hillegonds was appointed director of the newly formed Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority.[5]


  • Daniel Loepp. Sharing the Balance of Power: An Examinnation of Shared Power in the Michigan House of Representatives, 1993-94. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999.
  • Forbes bio of Hillegonds


  1. ^ Public Sector Consultants bio of Hillegonds
  2. ^ Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce bio of Hillegonds
  3. ^ Model D article on Hillegonds
  4. ^ Motor Cities bio of Hillegonds
  5. ^ Detroit Free Press Jan. 17, 2013