Michigan State Senate facing heavy turnover due to term limits

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August 18, 2010

Alan Cropsey, is ineligible to run for Michigan State Senate District 33 because of term limits. Cropsey has held his current seat since 2002 and was also a Michigan State Senator from 1983 to 1986.

By Jimmy Ardis

See also: In Michigan House of Representatives, more Democrats than Republicans feel impact of term limits

Michigan, a state often described as having some of the toughest state legislative term limits in the country, is facing heavy Senate turnover this election. 76% of the state senate will be ineligible to run for re-election this November due to term limits. Michigan State Senators can serve no more than two four-year terms.

In 2010, the impact of the term limits that Michigan voters approved when they enacted Proposal B in 1992 will be felt by more Republicans than Democrats. Seventeen Republicans will be forced out of office this year due to term limits, compared to 12 Democrats (full listings below).

Democrats (12):

Republicans (17):

Republicans hold a 6-seat advantage over Democrats going into the November 2 election, but the balance of power could possibly change in light of the fact that they are losing 17 senators to term limits, while the Democratic Party is losing only 12 senators.


Party As of December 2014
     Democratic Party 12
     Republican Party 26
Total 38


Louis Jacobson, a staff writer for PolitiFact, did an early-season analysis of which state legislatures may change majority party control as a result of the November elections. He rates the Michigan State Senate as likely to stay Republican, with term limits impacting both parties at the margins.[1] Regardless of which party comes out on top in Michigan this November, there will be many fresh faces walking around Lansing.

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