Michigan House Republicans, Democrats Pick Leaders

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Republicans voted Thursday to keep House Speaker Jase Bolger of Marshall as their leader.

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Majority Republicans and minority Democrats in the Michigan House have selected their leaders for the 97th state Legislature.
Republicans voted Thursday to keep House Speaker Jase Bolger of Marshall as their leader. Bolger won a tight race among voters in Tuesday's election amid criticisms surrounding his involvement in a former Democratic representative's decision to change parties.
The same day, Democrats selected Rep. Tim Greimel of Auburn Hills as minority leader. Greimel was elected Tuesday to his first full term after being voted into office during a winter special election to fill a vacancy.
The GOP now holds a 59-51 edge in the chamber. Republicans had been up 64-46 going into the election and Democrats would have needed a net gain of 10 seats to retake control.


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