With less than a dozen scheduled session days remaining for the Michigan Legislature, the state House and Senate recently finalized several leadership positions to guide the bodies in 2021-22.
Recall that with the general election concluded, House Republicans will have a 58-52 majority and the Senate Republicans retain a 22-16 majority when they commence the 101st legislative session after the New Year.
“We look forward to this legislative leadership team demonstrating strong support for Michigan agriculture,” said Rob Anderson, Michigan Farm Bureau’s government relations manager. “They understand the importance of the farming sector to the state’s overall economic engine as well as its role as an essential industry during these challenging times.”
“The majority of this next year’s leaders were endorsed Friends of Agriculture and we’re proud to see them in positions that are critical to advancing sound, science-based policies and thoroughly-vetted appropriations.”
Standing committee and appropriations committee chairs have yet to be announced.
Rep. Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) will succeed the term-limited Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) as speaker of the House. Wentworth, previously serving as speaker pro tempore, will be replaced by Rep. Pam Hornberger (R-Chesterfield).
In the majority floor leader position, Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) will succeed Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona) who is also completing his third and final term in the House.
Rounding out the House leadership team are democratic Reps. Donna Lasinski (D-Ann Arbor) and Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor). Lasinski succeeds term-limited Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills). This will be Rabhi’s second term in the minority floor leader role.
In the Senate, Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) will serve a second term as majority leader while Sen. Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway) will replace Sen. Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) as majority floor leader. MacGregor is departing his Senate seat early after being elected to the office of Kent County treasurer.
Also departing the Senate early is Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp) who was elected as the new Macomb County prosecutor.
It appears the other Senate leadership positions will remain unchanged: Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) in the role of president pro tempore, Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) serving as assistant majority leader, Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) in the role of minority leader, and Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) serving as minority floor leader.