Curtis Hertel

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Curtis Hertel
Michigan State Senate, District 23
In office
January 1, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
Minority Whip, Michigan State Senate
2015 - present
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Bachelor'sMichigan State University
Websites Campaign website
Curtis Hertel, Jr. is a Democratic member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. Beginning in the 2015 session, Hertel serves as Minority Whip.

Hertel has served as the Ingham County Register of Deeds.[1]


Hertel earned his bachelor's degree from the James Madison College at Michigan State University in political science.[1]

In 2001, Hertel was elected Ignham County Commissioner. He served until 2008. During that time, he served as Constituent Relations Director for the House Democratic Caucus.[1]

He was elected as the Ingham County Register of Deeds. His first term was from 2008 to 2012. He is now serving in his second term which expires in 2016.[1]

For six years, Hertel worked for the Department of Community Health. He also served as the Department’s legislative liaison.[1]

Hertel is the president of the Michigan Association of Register of Deeds, a member of the Sierra Club and member of the local Rotary Club.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hertel served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2015
Banking and Financial Institutions, Minority Vice Chair
Commerce, Minority Vice Chair
Health Policy, Minority Vice Chair
Regulatory Reform


Campaign themes


Hertel listed the following issues on his campaign website:[2]

  • Early childhood education
Excerpt: "We must make sure that there is equality of opportunity when it comes to early childhood education and we must invest as a state in the option for universal preschool."
  • Public education
Excerpt: "My first priority, to ensure success for our children and our state, is to make sure teachers, local school boards, and support staff have the funding and necessary tools to develop our most important asset as a state — our children."
  • Higher education
Excerpt: "We need to continue investing in our community college system."
  • Abortion
Excerpt: "I also strongly believe in a woman’s right to choose, and oppose any intrusion by the State of Michigan into a decision that should be made between a woman and her doctor. The Michigan legislature passed a new law this year that would require a woman to buy a separate insurance rider to cover abortion, even in the extreme cases of rape, incest, or in instances that would protect the life & health of the mother. I find this type of legislation to be extremely offensive, and will do everything I can as a legislator to repeal it."
  • Equal pay
Excerpt: "I strongly support legislation that will require businesses to treat men and women equally."
  • Senior citizens
Excerpt: "Senior pensions are now taxed, for the first time in Michigan’s history, thanks to the recent legislation that was signed by Governor Synder. This is outlandish for two reasons: first, many of our seniors live on a fixed income and had made their retirement plans not knowing of this new tax burden. More egregious, the Governor decided to use this increase in taxes to give a massive tax cut to corporations and CEOs in Michigan. As your State Senator, I will never overlook the needs of our seniors to cater to powerful interest groups."
Excerpt: "LGBT citizens should be able to work without the fear of being fired for who they are. Marriage equality should be recognized, and Michigan should no longer stand in the way of adoption rights for LGBT couples."
  • Roads
Excerpt: "It is estimated that it will take over $2 billion dollars a year in order to improve our roads to reasonable standards. We as a state cannot shrink from this responsibility. It will take a combination of increased user fees, taxes, and prioritizing of current funds to fix this massive problem."
  • Right-to-work
Excerpt: "If elected, I will seek to repeal right-to-work, and fight to protect prevailing wage, and to restore workers’ rights back to the working men and women of Michigan."
  • Housing
Excerpt: "We must build more protections into the system for citizens who are at risk of losing their most important asset. And we must punish those in the banking industry that have allowed these fraudulent practices to continue, and who rob people of their due process rights."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: " Because of the Affordable Care Act, and Michigan Medicaid expansion, we have now dramatically increased the access to care for hundreds of thousands of our Michigan residents. We must protect these gains and make sure that the people of Michigan have access to quality hospitals."



See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Curtis Hertel defeated Larry Hutchinson and Harold Leeman, Jr. in the Democratic primary. Craig Whitehead was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hertel defeated Whitehead in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Michigan State Senate, District 23 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis Hertel 66.1% 50,824
     Republican Craig Whitehead 33.9% 26,076
Total Votes 76,900

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Preceded by
Gretchen Whitmer (D)
Michigan State Senate District 23
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