Robert L. Emerson
Robert L. Emerson
|Michigan Budget Director|
January 3, 2007 – December 31, 2010
|Preceded by||Mary A. Lannoye|
|Succeeded by||John E. Nixon|
|Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 27th district
29th District (1999-2002)
January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2006
|Preceded by||Joe Conroy|
|Succeeded by||John J. Gleason|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 49th district
81st District (1980-1992)
November 4, 1980 – December 31, 1998
|Preceded by||Mark Clodfelter|
|Succeeded by||Jack Minore|
March 23, 1948 |
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Emerson was born in Alpena on March 23, 1948. He graduated from St. Paul Catholic Seminary and attended Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. After moving to Flint in 1969, Emerson was employed by General Motors. He was elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives in 1980. After serving eighteen consecutive years in the State House, he served two four-year terms in the State Senate.
During this time he took on roles such as the Senate minority leader and Democratic floor leader. Additionally, he served as co-chairman of the School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee and chairman of the Public Health Appropriations Subcommittee. Emerson has been actively involved in issues regarding education, health, and labor legislation over the course of his career.
In January 2007, Emerson was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm as her next budget director.
On September 30, 2011, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed an eight-member state review team for the City of Flint including Emerson. Senator Emerson is married to Judy Samelson (CEO of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation) and is the father of four children.
- Longley, Kristin (September 30, 2011). "Gov. Snyder appoints team to review Flint's finances under emergency manager law, requests report within 30 days". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
- Boyd, Liz. "Governor Granholm to Name Bob Emerson Budget Director", "State of Michigan-Office of the Governor" December 28, 2006. Accessed June 20, 2007.
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