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Impact of election on Michigan education

Last week, Michiganders headed to the polls to elect government leaders for a range of offices, in addition to President and U.S. Representative. From the State House of Representatives to the State Board of Education and the boards of universities and community colleges, this election will have a significant impact on Michigan education for the next two years.

Michigan House of Representatives

Republicans will retain control of the State House of Representatives in the 2017-18 session with the same 63-47 majority that they entered the 2016 session with. Full results for state house races are available here.

Following the election, House Republicans elected Rep. Tom Leonard (R – DeWitt) as Speaker and Democrats elected Rep. Sam Singh (D – East Lansing) as minority leader.

State Board of Education

Control of the partisan State Board of Education will be tied 4-4, following the election of Republicans Tom McMillian and Nicki Snyder. McMillian and Snyder replace retiring State Board member Kathleen Straus and State Board President John Austin.

University of Michigan Board of Regents

Denise Ilitch (D) was reelected, and Ron Weiser (R) was elected, to the University of Michigan Board of Regents. Weiser will take the seat currently held by Laurence Deitch (D).

Michigan State University Board of Trustees

Dan Kelly (R) was elected, and Dianne Byrum (D) was reelected, to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. Kelly will take the seat currently held by Diann Woodard (D).

Wayne State University Board of Governors

Mark Gaffney (D) and Michael J. Busuito (R) were elected to the Wayne State University Board of Governors. They will take the seats currently held by Paul E. Massaron (D) and Gary S. Pollard (D).

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