Robert VanderLaan

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Robert VanderLaan
5th Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate
In office
1971–1974
Preceded by Emil Lockwood
Succeeded by Milton Zaagman
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 31st district
17th District (1963-1964)
In office
January 1, 1963 – December 31, 1982
Preceded by Charles R. Feenstra
Succeeded by Dick Posthumus
Personal details
Born (1930-06-04)June 4, 1930
Paris Township, Michigan
Died November 1, 2015(2015-11-01) (aged 85)
Political party Republican

Robert "Robbie" VanderLaan (c. 1930-November 1, 2015[1]) is a former majority leader of the Michigan State Senate.[2] A Republican, he ran to replace Gerald Ford as representative for Michigan's 5th congressional district in a 1974 special election, but was defeated by Democrat Richard Vander Veen. It was seen as a stunning upset, as VanderLaan had never yet lost an election. He served in the Senate for 20 years in total; after retirement he joined Democrat Bobby Crim in forming a lobbying firm; he also had a career as a lawyer.[3]

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