Michigan Republican Party
|Michigan Republican Party|
|Chairman||Robert "Bobby" Schostak|
|House Leader||Jim Stamas|
|Senate Leader||Randy Richardville|
|National Committeeman||Dave Agema|
|National Committeewoman||Terri Lynn Land|
|House Majority Floor Leader||Jim Stamas|
|Headquarters||Secchia-Weiser Republican Center, 520 N. Seymour St., Lansing, MI|
|Student wing||Michigan Federation of Teenage Republicans
Michigan Federation of College Republicans
|Youth wing||Michigan Federation of Young Republicans|
|National affiliation||Republican Party|
|House of Representatives|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Robert "Bobby" Schostak is the chairman of the party, having been elected in 2011 and 2013 by delegates to the Republican State Convention, and Sharon Wise is co-chairman. . Its Republican National Committee members are Dave Agema and Terri Lynn Land.
- 1 History and notable Michigan Republicans
- 2 Current elected Republicans in Michigan
- 3 United States Cabinet Members from Michigan who served under a Republican President
- 4 Chairmen of the Michigan Republican State Committee
- 5 Notes
- 6 External links
The Republican Party was born in the early 1850s by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan with David S. Walbridge serving as chairman. The name "Republican" was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party. At the Jackson convention, the new party adopted a platform and nominated candidates for office in Michigan.
In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when John C. Fremont was nominated for president of the United States under the "Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont" slogan. Even though they were considered a "third party" because the Democrats and Whigs represented the two-party system at the time, Fremont received 33 percent of the vote. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to win the White House.
The Republican Party currently holds a 9-5 majority of Michigan's U.S. House delegation:
- First District: Dan Benishek
- Second District: Bill Huizenga
- Third District:Justin Amash
- Fourth District: Dave Camp
- Sixth District: Fred Upton
- Seventh District: Tim Walberg
- Eighth District: Mike Rogers
- Tenth District: Candice S. Miller
- Eleventh District: Kerry Bentivolio
- Governor: Rick Snyder
- Lieutenant Governor: Brian Calley
- Secretary of State: Ruth Johnson
- Attorney General: Bill Schuette.
- The Michigan Senate has a Republican super majority of 26-12 with Randy Richardville as majority leader.
- The Michigan House of Representatives has a Republican majority of 59-50-1 with James "Jase" Bolger as speaker.
The following are in order of Presidential succession.
|Name||Cabinet Position||Years Served||President(s) served under|
|Charles Erwin Wilson||Secretary of Defense||1953-57||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Zachariah Chandler||Secretary of the Interior||1875-77||Ulysses S. Grant|
|Roy Dikeman Chapin||Secretary of Commerce||1932-33||Herbert Hoover|
|Frederick H. Mueller||Secretary of Commerce||1959-61||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Governor George W. Romney||Secretary of Housing and Urban Development||1969-73||Richard Nixon|
|Spencer Abraham||Secretary of Energy||2001-05||George W. Bush|
|Governor Russell A. Alger||Secretary of War obsolete||1897-99||William McKinley|
|Truman H. Newberry||Secretary of the Navy obsolete||1908-09||Theodore Roosevelt|
|Edwin C. Denby||Secretary of the Navy obsolete||1921-24||Warren G. Harding & Calvin Coolidge|
|Arthur E. Summerfield||Postmaster General obsolete||1953-61||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
- William Alanson Howard later became U. S. Representative for the Michigan's 1st congressional district (1855-59), (1860-61) and Governor of Dakota Territory (1878–1880)
- John J. Bagley later served as Governor of Michigan (1873–1877)
- Zachariah Chandler had previously been Mayor of Detroit (1851–1852), U. S. Senator (Class 1) from Michigan (1857–1875, 1879) U. S. Secretary of the Interior (1875–77) and simutaneously Chairman of the Republican National Committee (1876-79)
- James McMillan was also a U. S. Senator (Class 2) from Michigan (1889–1902)
- Henry P. Baldwin had previously served as Governor of Michigan (1869–1873) and United States Senator (Class 1) from Michigan (1879–1881)
- Gerrit J. Diekema had also been U. S. Representative for the Michigan's 5th congressional district (1907–1911)
- Alex Groesbeck was later Michigan Attorney General (1917–1920) and Governor of Michigan (1921–1927)
- John R. Dethmers was later Michigan Attorney General (1945–1946)
- Owen Cleary was later Michigan Secretary of State (1953–1954)
- John Feikens is currently Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (since 1986)
- Elly M. Peterson was the first woman to serve as chairman of any official state party.
- E. Spencer Abraham later became U. S. Senator from Michigan (1995—2001) and U. S. Secretary of Energy (2001–2005)
- Elisabeth "Betsy" DeVos is the wife of 2006 Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos
- Gerald "Rusty" Hills is currently the spokesman for Michigan Attorney General candidate Bill Schuette.
- Ron Weiser is a former United States Ambassador to Slovakia, appointed by George W. Bush in November 2001 and served until December 2004.
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