Holly Hughes

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Holly Hughes
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 91
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives, District 91
2011 - 2013
Bachelor'sMichigan State University, 1981
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Campaign website
Holly Hughes is a Republican member-elect of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 91.[1] Hughes previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 91 from 2011 to 2013.


Hughes earned her B.S. in Business from Michigan State University. Her professional experience includes owning a property management business and working for her husband's company Master Tag, which manufactures horticultural tags, and with her family business Bolema Lumber, a retail hardware and lumber company.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hughes served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Hughes's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt: "Jobs are priority ONE, so that our children and grandchildren do not have to seek work elsewhere and can continue to call the Muskegon area home."


  • Excerpt: "We are judged by the way we treat our youngest and our oldest. Healthcare needs to be affordable and accessible for everyone."


  • Excerpt: "As a former school board member, Holly Hughes understands that education is the key to a brighter future and higher quality of life in Michigan."


  • Excerpt: "You deserve to keep more of your money to support your family. Lower taxes facilitate business with job growth."


  • Excerpt: "Holly Hughes has actively sought clean-up dollars from the federal and state government for the many contaminated Super Fund sites in Muskegon."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Incumbent Collene Lamonte was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Holly Hughes defeated Kevin Erb and Max Riekse in the Republican primary. Alan Jager ran as an independent candidate. Lamonte and Jager were defeated by Hughes in the general election.[3][4][5][1]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 91 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHolly Hughes 46.5% 12,734
     Democratic Collene Lamonte Incumbent 46.3% 12,681
     Independent Alan Jager 7.2% 1,959
Total Votes 27,374
Michigan House of Representatives, District 91 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHolly Hughes 68.1% 3,543
Max Riekse 17.3% 900
Kevin Erb 14.6% 759
Total Votes 5,202


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hughes ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 91. She defeated Max Riekse in the August 7 Republican primary and was defeated by Collene Lamonte (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 91, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCollene Lamonte 48.1% 19,257
     Republican Holly Hughes Incumbent 47.3% 18,924
     Libertarian Nick Sundquist 4.6% 1,856
Total Votes 40,037


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hughes won election to the District 91 seat in 2010. She defeated Ken Punter in the August 3 Republican primary. She defeated Ben Gillette (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7][8]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 91 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Holly Hughes (R) 16,034
Ben Gillette (D) 12,628

Campaign donors


In 2010, Hughes raised $272,386 in contributions.[9]

Her six largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Hughes, Holly $105,535
House Republican Campaign Cmte Of Michigan $49,955
Michigan Republican Party $5,000
Second District Cong Cmt Michigan $5,000
Bolger Restore Michigan Fund $5,000
Kent County Republican Cmte $5,000


Tea Party Scorecard

The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.[10]

January 2011 - March 2012

Holly Hughes received a 71% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[10]


Hughes and her husband, Richard, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michigan House of Representatives District 91
2011 – 2013
Succeeded by
Collene Lamonte (D)