Robert L. Emerson

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The Honorable

Robert L. Emerson
Michigan Budget Director
In office
January 3, 2007 – December 31, 2010
Preceded byMary A. Lannoye
Succeeded byJohn E. Nixon
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 27th district
29th District (1999-2002)
In office
January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2006
Preceded byJoe Conroy
Succeeded byJohn J. Gleason
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 49th district
81st District (1980-1992)
In office
November 4, 1980 – December 31, 1998
Preceded byMark Clodfelter
Succeeded byJack Minore
Personal details
Born (1948-03-23) March 23, 1948 (age 70)
Alpena, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Michigan

Robert L. Emerson (born March 23, 1948) is a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

He was member of the Michigan Senate having served as the Democratic minority leader. He represented the 27th District in Genesee County, which encompasses the city of Flint.

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.[1] Senator Emerson is married to Judy Samelson (CEO of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation) and is the father of four children.


  1. ^ 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.