Chamber Announces Endorsements for US Senate, AG and Key Congressional Races

Chamber Endorsements
June 27, 2018

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of John James for US Senate and Tom Leonard for State Attorney General. The Chamber also announced endorsements of several business-friendly members of the US House seeking re-election in November. Several of these candidates have also been endorsed by the US Chamber of Commerce. 

“Leadership matters in both the public sector and the private sector,” noted Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “Michigan needs better and stronger leadership in the US Senate and that is why I am pleased to announce the Michigan Chamber's endorsement of John James for the US Senate.”

“James is an entrepreneur who is passionate about our state and country and we agree with the US Chamber that he will be a dynamic, energetic and effective leader in the US Senate,” Studley added.

“John James has a proven record of success leading his family’s business and a distinguished military career serving our country in Iraq as a Ranger-qualified aviation officer,” said Jim Holcomb, Executive Vice President & General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber. “James’ background, personality and passion stands in stark contrast to our sitting US Senator who has spent 40 years in public office and is out of touch with Michigan residents and businesses.” 

Recognizing the need for continued strong leadership in the Attorney General’s office, the Michigan Chamber endorses current House Speaker Tom Leonard as the most experienced and well qualified candidate to hit the ground running as Michigan’s next Attorney General.  

“Tom Leonard has experience as a former prosecutor and assistant attorney general and also has been a strong advocate for a fair and balanced legal system in our state,” noted Holcomb.  

The Michigan Chamber today also announced endorsements of several business-friendly members of the US House seeking re-election in November.

“The Chamber's endorsements for the US House go to incumbents who have a proven track-record on key economic issues important to job providers and their employees," said Studley. "These Chamber-endorsed candidates also have strong voting record with the US Chamber.”

“The candidates we’re endorsing for re-election understand the importance of advancing common sense policies based on personal responsibility, limited government and free enterprise,” said Holcomb.

Following is a rundown of the Michigan Chamber’s endorsements for US House: 

Jack Bergman1
Bill Huizenga2
John Moolenaar4
Fred Upton6
Tim Walberg7
Mike Bishop8
Paul Mitchell 10