November 7, 2023, Election Impact on the Michigan Legislature
Representative Kevin Coleman (D-Westland) and Representative Lori Stone (D-Warren) won their respective mayoral races.
- Kevin Coleman won his race against interim Mayor Mike Londeau, securing 59 percent of the vote to Londeau's 40.8 percent.
- Lori Stone won by more than 1,000 votes, according to unofficial election results, beating out George Dimas, the city's human resources director who was endorsed by current Mayor Jim Fouts.
- Both will be sworn into their new offices in November after the election results are certified.
- When their seats in the legislature are officially vacated, the House Democrats will go from their current 56-54 majority to a 54-54 split with the Republicans.
- The Governor is expected to quickly call for special elections and those general elections could occur as soon as February 2024.
- Given both districts are solidly Democratic, the House is expected to return to a 56-54 Democratic majority.
- The House of Representatives has not faced a tie split since the 1993-94 term when a 55-55 tie occurred after the November 1992 elections. There is no modern precedent where the party in control of the House lost its majority mid-term.
Additionally, we wanted to remind you that both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate are expected to adjourn for the calendar year after this week. Session will resume after the first of the year and all bills introduced this year will carry over into the 2024 session for continued action.