Power Shift Changes Michigan Legislative Leadership

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Democratic Rep. Andy Dillon of Wayne County's Redford Township was elected House speaker on Tuesday.

Dillon, 44, will be entering his second term in the House. He's an attorney and once was an aide to former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey.

Dillon, who was endorsed in both of his House elections by Right to Life of Michigan, received both a bachelor's degree in accounting and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Also in the running was Democratic Rep. Andy Meisner of Ferndale. Meisner, 33, will be entering his third and final House term next year. He is the Democrats' assistant leader in the current term.

Democrats will have a 58-52 edge in the House starting in January. Democrats have been the minority party in the House for the past eight years. Following the swearing-in of newly elected Rep. Kate Ebli, D-Monroe, on Tuesday, the GOP has a 58-50 advantage, including two vacant seats in the 110-member chamber.

Senate Republicans elected Mike Bishop of Rochester as majority leader starting next year, while Senate Democrats elected Mark Schauer of Battle Creek to lead them in the chamber, where Republicans will have a 21-17 edge next year.

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