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Brian Calley
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
In office
January 1, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorJohn D. Cherry (D)
Base salary$111,510
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$387,505
Term limitsTwo terms
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives District
2003 - 2011
Bachelor'sMichigan State University (1998)
Master'sGrand Valley State University (2000)
Date of birthMarch 25, 1977
Place of birthDearborn, Michigan
Office website
Campaign website
Brian Calley (born March 25, 1977, in Dearborn, MI) is the current Republican Lieutenant Governor of Michigan and former state representative for the 87th District of the Michigan House of Representatives, having served from 2007 to 2011. Calley was elected as the Lieutenant Governor of Michigan in 2010 and sought re-election in 2014.[1] Brian Calley won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Calley faced Wes Nakagiri in the state Republican convention on August 23, 2014, and received enough precinct delegates to hold off the primary challenge. Gov. Rick Snyder announced his desire to see Calley join him on the ticket, but party rules dictated that the convention's delegates select nominees rather than the general public. Eleven employees from the governor's and lieutenant governor's offices sought delegate seats in the primary. There was also an influx of money from the Michigan Advocacy Trust, which distributed mailers supporting pro-Calley candidates in Clinton County[2] Calley defeated Nakagiri during the convention, with reports noting that the lieutenant governor received at least 60 percent of delegate votes.[3]


During high school, Calley volunteered for the local Republican Party, and joined its executive committee after graduation from Ionia, Michigan High School in 1995.[4] Calley attended Michigan State University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in business administration in 1998. He then earned a Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University in 2000, pursuing a career in banking.[5]

Calley was elected to the Ionia County Board of Commissioners in 2002, serving for four years until his election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2006. During his tenure as a County Commissioner, he served on the Mid-South Substance Abuse Council, Ionia County Economic Alliance Board of Directors, Local Emergency Planning Committee and Ionia County Personnel Finance Committee.[6]


  • 1995: Michigan High School
  • 1998: Michigan State University, Bachelor's degree in Business Administration
  • 2000: Grand Valley State University, Master of Business Administration[1]

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Michigan (2011-Present)

Calley was elected as the Lieutenant Governor of Michigan in 2010.[1]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Brian Calley endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [7]

Michigan House of Representatives (2007-2011)

Calley was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011.[8] In 2008, Calley was named the "Legislator of the Year" by the Small Business Association of Michigan.[9]

Committee assignments

At the beginning of the 2009-2010 session, Calley served on the following committees:

Property tax reform

Calley introduced HJR B in 2009, a bill that would change the Michigan Constitution to prohibit property taxes on a home from increasing when the value decreases. He stated if the Michigan Legislature did not place the measure on the 2010 ballot, he would organize a statewide petition to do so by referendum.[10]

Michigan Merit Curriculum

In 2006, Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed into law rigorous new statewide graduation requirements known as the "Michigan Merit Curriculum." Critics claimed the new requirements would divert resources from advanced placement classes, are too rigid and the sudden additional requirements would subsequently increase the drop-out rate in Michigan. In March 2009, Calley introduced HB 4534 which would institute the previous graduation requirements.[11]

Key votes of 2009-2010

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  • Super Speedway, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
  • Driver Responsibility Fees, Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'
  • Crony Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
  • Right to Work, Lawmakers voting on an amendment SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-WORK zones.
  • Golf Carts, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
  • Home Court Disadvantage, Lawmakers voting on whether TO GIVE MORE TAXING POWER to local government in Kalamazoo so it can finance a taxpayer-subsidized sports arena.
  • Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
  • Balancing Act, Lawmakers voting on a budget to CUT REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
  • Balancing Act 2, Lawmakers voting on a cut of less than 3 percent to K-12 school aid payments so as to balance the state budget without tax increases.
  • A Good Tax Gone Bad?, Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
  • It’s From the Children, Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
  • Left Behind, Lawmakers voting on whether TO FINANCE "No Worker Left Behind" with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.
  • First Class Schools, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep Detroit Public Schools' "first class" status even though the district no longer meets the population standard.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 2, Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
  • Politically Correct Capitalism 3, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
  • Secret Ballot, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a SECRET BALLOT for union elections.
  • Property Taxes Assaulted Again, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Sneak Attack, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
  • Grapes of Wrath, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
  • Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
  • Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.



See also: Michigan Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Calley ran for re-election as Michigan Lieutenant Governor in 2014, alongside incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder. Calley did not appear on the August 5 primary ballot, but defeated a challenge from Wes Nakagiri during the state Republican convention on August 23.[12] He and Snyder faced the Democratic ticket of Mark Schauer and Lisa Brown, in addition to three minor party tickets, in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Snyder/Brian Calley Incumbent 50.9% 1,607,399
     Democratic Mark Schauer/Lisa Brown 46.9% 1,479,057
     Libertarian Mary Buzuma/Scott Boman 1.1% 35,723
     U.S. Taxpayers Mark McFarlin/Richard Mendoza 0.6% 19,368
     Green Paul Homeniuk/Candace R. Caveny 0.5% 14,934
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 50
Total Votes 3,156,531
Election Results via Michigan Department of State.


See also: Michigan lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Calley was elected for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan in 2010. He defeated Brenda Lawrence (D), Lynn Meadows (G), Erwin J. Haas (L) and Chris Levels (U.S. Taxpayers) in the general election on November 2, 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Brian Calley ran for District 87 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Greg Grieves, Phillip Adams and Joseph Gillotte.[13] Calley was unopposed in the Republican primary.[14]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 87
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brian Calley (R) 29,583
Greg Grieves (D) 14,360
Phillip Adams (UST) 1,267
Joseph Gillotte (L) 975


In August 2006, Calley won the 87th House District Republican primary in a 7 person race, subsequently going on to win the general election.[15]

  • 2006 Michigan House of Representatives - 87th District Election
    • Brian Calley (R), 56.3%
    • Doug Kalnbach (D), 40.6%
    • Walt Herwarth (Constitution), 1.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Calley is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Calley raised a total of $387,505 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 12, 2013.[16]

Brian Calley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Michigan* Not up for election $0
2010 Michigan State Senate District 33** Not up for election $236,471
2010 Lieutenant Governor of Michigan* Won $0
2008 Michigan State House District 87 Won $66,060
2006 Michigan State House District 87 Won $84,974
Grand Total Raised $387,505
*These funds represent a joint-ticket race with Governor Rick Snyder. **Calley withdrew from the State Senate race in 2010.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Brian Calley's donors each year.[17] Click [show] for more information.


He and his wife Julie Calley have two children.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Project VoteSmart, "Biography" accessed October 9, 2012
  2., "Michigan 2014 Primary: Snyder staffers run for precinct posts with Calley nomination on the line," August 4, 2014
  3. Detroit Free Press, "GOP chooses Calley over Nakagiri for lieutenant governor," August 23, 2014
  4. » Blog Archive » Interview with Brian Calley, State Representative-Elect (dead link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Brian N. Calley (MI)"
  6. Representative Brian Calley :: House District 87
  7. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley," February 17, 2012
  8. Lieutenant Governor Website, "Calley Biography" accessed October 9, 2012
  9. Small Business Association of Michigan, "Representative Brian Calley Puts People First; Not Politics," 2008
  10. MLive, "Market down, property taxes up," February 24, 2008
  11. Michigan Legislative Website, "House Bill 4534 (2009)"
  12. WoodTV, "Nakagiri submits signatures to run against Calley," accessed May 5, 2014
  13. Michigan Secretary of State, "Michigan House of Representatives official election results for 2008," accessed February 13, 2013
  14. Michigan Department of State, " Michigan House of Representatives District 87 Primary Election 2008," accessed February 13, 2013
  15. Michigan Secretary of State, "General election results 2006," accessed February 13, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Brian N. Calley," accessed July 12, 2013
  17. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
John D. Cherry (D)
Michigan Lieutenant Governor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michigan House of Representatives District 87
Succeeded by
Mike Callton