Michigan Chamber Delivers Powerful Advocacy on Election Day!

August 8, 2018

Tuesday's Primary Election was a very good day for job providers and the Michigan Chamber! Chamber-endorsed candidate Bill Schuette won a four-way primary race for Governor with 51% of the vote. In the race for US Senate, Chamber-endorsed candidate John James scored a major win in the Republican primary. James, a West Point graduate, combat veteran and business leader will now challenge long-time incumbent US Senator Debbie Stabenow in the November General Election.  

Across the state, voters cast ballots for common sense conservatives who are in favor of limited government and will stand up for free enterprise. The Michigan Chamber PAC was actively involved in many races for the State House and Michigan Senate. Ninety-four percent of Chamber-endorsed candidates won their races!

The positive results from Tuesday's Primary are a direct result of the tremendous support provided by Chamber volunteer leaders and PAC contributors. The Michigan Chamber played an important role in many races. On election day, we delivered powerful advocacy and business leadership in the political arena.

Here are Chamber-endorsed candidates who won on Primary Election Day:


Governor - Bill Schuette

Currently Michigan's Attorney General, Bill Schuette ran a strong campaign pledging to be a "jobs governor" committed to creating economic conditions favorable to job creation and business success. Additionally, Schuette has placed strong emphasis on being a "paychecks" governor focused on increased wages for all Michigan residents through thoughtful, fair tax policy as well as responsible, fiscally conservative budgeting.


US Senate - John James

Currently president of James Group International, John James graduated from West Point in 2004, becoming a Ranger-qualified aviation officer. After serving eight years in the military and receiving numerous awards for his heroic service, John returned home to receive a Master's degree from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Michigan.


US CapitolUS House

8 of 8 Chamber-Endorsed Congressional Candidates Win!

The Michigan Chamber PAC endorsed 8 incumbents Congressmen seeking re-election to the US House. All eight Chamber-backed incumbent members of Congress won!

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

Senate ChamberState Senate

20 of 22 Chamber-Endorsed State Senate Candidates Move to the November Ballot!

The Michigan Chamber PAC endorsed eight incumbent legislators seeking re-election and 14 candidates in open State Senate races. All eight Chamber-endorsed State Senators seeking re-election won! Thanks to strong financial support from the Chamber PAC, the Michigan Chamber also played a powerful role in open State Senate seats. Of the 14 Chamber-endorsed candidates for open seats in the State Senate, 12 candidates won.  

State Senate 
DistrictCandidateHome
7Laura CoxLivonia
8Peter LucidoShelby Twp.
13Marty KnollenbergTroy
15Jim RunestadWhite Lake
16Mike ShirkeyClarklake
17Dale ZornIda
19John BizonBattle Creek
20Margaret O-BrienPortage
21Kim LaSataSt. Joseph
22Lana TheisBrighton
24Tom BarrettCharlotte
25Dan LauwersBrockway
26Aric NesbittLawton
28Peter MacGregorRockford
31Kevin DaleyLum
32Ken HornFrankenmuth
33Rick OutmanSix Lakes
36Jim StamasMidland
37Wayne SchmidtTraverse City
38Ed McBroomVulcan

House ChamberState House

52 of 55 Chamber-Endorsed State House Candidates Move to the November Ballot!

The Michigan Chamber PAC endorsed 38 incumbent legislators seeking re-election and 17 candidates in open State House races. All but one of the 38 incumbent legislators endorsed by the Michigan Chamber now move forward to November 6th. 

Due to strong financial support from Chamber PAC, the Michigan Chamber played an aggressive role in open State House seats. Often the make-up of the State House and the legislative agenda is shaped largely by what happens in the August primaries. The Michigan Chamber PAC has responded by playing an active role in primary races. Of the 17 Chamber-endorsed candidates for open seats in the State House, 15 candidates were victorious.   

State House 
DistrictCandidateHome
17Joe BellinoMonroe
19Brian MeakinLivonia
20Jeff NoblePlymouth
24Steve MarinoHarrison Twp.
30Diana FarringtonUtica
32Pamela HornbergerChesterfield Twp.
33Jeff YarochRichmond
38Kathy CrawfordNovi
42Ann BollinBrighton
43Andrea SchroederIndependence Twp.
45Michael WebberRochester Hills
46John ReillyOakland Twp.
47Hank VaupelHandy Twp.
51Mike MuellerLinden
56Jason SheppardTemperance
57 Bronna KahleClinton
58Eric LeutheuserHillsdale
59Aaron MillerSturgis
61Brandt IdenOshtemo Twp.
62Dave MorganBattle Creek
64Julie AlexanderHanover
65Sara LightnerSpringport
66Beth GriffinMattawan
67Leon ClarkMason
70Jim LowerCedar Lake
72Steven JohnsonWayland
73Lynn AfendoulisGrand Rapids
74Mark HuizengaWalker
76Amanda BrandGrand Rapids
77Tommy BrannWyoming
80Mary WhitefordCasco Twp.
82Gary HowellNorth Branch
83Shane HernandezPort Huron
85Ben FrederickOwosso
86Thomas AlbertBelding
87Julie CalleyPortland
88Luke MeermanLamont
89Jim LillyPark Township
90Bradley SlaghZeeland
91Greg VanWoerkomNorton Shores
97Jason WentworthClare
98Annette GlennMidland
99Roger HauckMt. Pleasant
100Scott VanSingelGrant
101Jack O'MalleyLake Ann
102Michele HoitengaManton
103Daire RendonLake City
104Larry InmanWilliamsburg
105Triston ColeMancelona
106Sue AllorWolverine
107Lee ChatfieldLevering
108 Beau LaFaveIron Mountain

What Happens Next?

Chamber members should feel good about our accomplishments, but many battles lie ahead. From today until the General Election on November 6th, Chamber staff will work diligently to ensure that candidates endorsed by the Michigan Chamber continue to have the grassroots and financial support they need to win. Please contact Jim Holcomb or Brian Doyle at (517) 371-2100 with any questions.