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Michigan Senate
Type Upper House
President of the Senate John D. Cherry, (D)
since January 1, 2003
President Pro Tem Randy Richardville, (R)
since November 7, 2006
Minority Leader Mike Prusi, (D)
since November 12, 2008
Members 38
Political groups Republican Party
Democratic Party
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
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Senate Chamber, Michigan State Capitol, Lansing, MI, U.S.
Michigan State Senate

The Michigan Senate is the upper house of the Michigan Legislature. The Senate consists of 38 members, who are elected from constituencies having approximately 212,400 to 263,500 residents.

Senators are elected at the same time as the governor and serve four-year terms concurrent with the governor of Michigan's term of office. Senate and gubernatorial elections are always held two years after the election for president of the United States. Terms for senators begin on January 1 following the November general election. Senators who have not served more than half of a four-year term are eligible for two full terms of eight years.



Members of the Senate are commonly referred to as senators. Because this shadows the terminology used to describe members of Congress, constituents and news media, using the Associated Press guidelines for journalist, often refer to members as state senator to avoid confusion with their federal counterparts. Technically, members are not senators and should be referred to as a member of the Legislature (abbreviated to ML) or a member of the Senate (abbreviated to MS). This is the same as a member of the United States Senate, who is entitled to use member of Congress (abbreviated to MC) as a post-nominal title.

As elected officials, members of the House of Representatives also receive the courtesy title of the Honorable (abbreviated to Hon. or Hon'ble) for life.

Billie S. Farnum Senate Office Building, Downtown Lansing

Composition of the Senate

As of November 2009, Republicans hold a majority with 22 seats, and Democrats hold 16 seats.

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 21 17 38 0
Begin[1] 21 16 37 1
November 10, 2009[2] 22 38 0
Latest voting share 57.9% 42.1%

Leadership Information

Michigan Senate Officers

Senate Majority Leadership

The Republican Caucus, with 22 members, currently holds the majority.

Senate Minority Leadership

The Democratic Caucus, with 16 members, is currently in the minority.

Members of the Michigan Senate

District Senator Party Residence Eligible for re-election in 2010?
1 Hansen Clarke Democratic Detroit No
2 Martha G. Scott Democratic Highland Park No
3 Irma Clark-Coleman Democratic Detroit No
4 Samuel Buzz Thomas III Democratic Detroit No
5 Tupac Hunter Democratic Detroit Yes
6 Glenn S. Anderson Democratic Westland Yes
7 Bruce Patterson Republican Canton No
8 Raymond E. Basham Democratic Taylor No
9 Dennis Olshove Democratic Warren No
10 Michael Switalski Democratic Roseville No
11 Alan Sanborn Republican Richmond No
12 Mike Bishop Republican Rochester No
13 John Pappageorge Republican Troy Yes
14 Gilda Jacobs Democratic Huntington Woods No
15 Nancy Cassis Republican Novi No
16 Cameron S. Brown Republican Fawn River Township No
17 Randy Richardville Republican Monroe Yes
18 Liz Brater Democratic Ann Arbor No
19 Mike Nofs Republican Battle Creek Yes
20 Thomas M. George Republican Kalamazoo No
21 Ron Jelinek Republican Three Oaks No
22 Valde Garcia Republican Howell No
23 Gretchen Whitmer Democratic East Lansing Yes
24 Patricia L. Birkholz Republican Saugatuck Township No
25 Judson Gilbert II Republican Algonac No
26 Deborah Cherry Democratic Burton No
27 John Gleason Democratic Flushing Yes
28 Mark Jansen Republican Gaines Township Yes
29 Bill Hardiman Republican Kentwood No
30 Wayne Kuipers Republican Holland No
31 Jim Barcia Democratic Bay City No
32 Roger Kahn Republican Saginaw Township Yes
33 Alan L. Cropsey Republican DeWitt No
34 Gerald VanWoerkom Republican Muskegon No
35 Michelle McManus Republican Leland No
36 Tony Stamas Republican Midland No
37 Jason Allen Republican Traverse City No
38 Mike Prusi Democratic Ishpeming No

See also


  1. ^ Democrat Mark Schauer resigned January 3 upon being sworn in to the United States House of Representatives
  2. ^ Republican Mike Nofs elected to succeed Schauer

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