Terri Lynn Land

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Terri Lynn Land
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Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, Michigan
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan Secretary of State
Terri Land (born June 30, 1958, in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Michigan.[1] She was defeated by Gary Peters (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

She was the former Michigan Secretary of State. She was first elected to the statewide position in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected four years later. With Michigan state term limit laws preventing her from running for Secretary of State for a third term, Land announced in February 2009 that she was forming an exploratory committee to run for Governor of Michigan in 2010.[2] Four months later, Land bowed out of the race and threw her support behind Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard.[3] On September 16, 2009, Bouchard named her as his running mate.[4]


  • Graduated from Grandville High School
  • Bachelor's degree, Hope College in political science


Terri Lynn Land served as County Clerk and Register of Deeds for Kent County for seven years beginning in 1993. In 2000, Land ran unsuccessfully for a position on the Michigan State Board of Education. She was elected Secretary of State in November 2002 and re-elected in 2006.

Modernization plan

Beginning in 2004, Land's office implemented a plan to use advanced customer-service technology to increase service, reduce the number of branch offices, reduce customer wait times, and save money. Though this was an example of a politician voluntarily seeking ways to reduce the size of the department that she oversees, the modernization plan experienced political opposition from lawmakers who resisted the loss of branch offices in their communities.

In 2007, three Republicans joined 53 Democrats in the Michigan House on a vote to rewrite the funding formula for the department, with the intent to block the ability of the Secretary of State to make decisions regarding which branches to close[5]. The Michigan Senate did not consider the bill.

In December of 2009 and again in February of 2010, two other efforts to block the modernization plan in the Michigan House received enough support to be passed and sent to the Michigan Senate. The December attempt received support from one Republican and 58 Democrats, while the February try got two Republicans and 63 Democrats supporting it[6]. Once again, the Michigan Senate has not voted on either the bill.

By April of 2010, opposition to the plan in the Michigan House rose to 71 lawmakers - seven Republicans and 64 Democrats.[7].

Other roles

  • President, Byron Center Historical Society (1990-1992)
  • Member, Grandville Rotary (1990-1999)
  • Member, Grand Rapids Early Morning Riser's Club (1992-present)
  • Member, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce (1992-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Heart Association (1995-1999)
  • Member, Friends of Van Andel Museum (1995-present)
  • Member, Frederick Meijer Gardens (1995-present)
  • Member, Friends of John Ball Zoological Park (1995-present)
  • Member, United States Supreme Court Historical Society (1996-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Project Rehab Foundation (1997-1998)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Junior Achievement Alumni Board (1997-1999)
  • Member, Byron Center Community Fine Arts Council (1997-present)
  • Member, Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society (1997-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Potters House Foundation (1997-present)
  • President, Byron Center Fine Arts Foundation (1999-present)
  • Member, Grand Rapids Rotary (1999-present)
  • Member, Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation Board (2000-present)
  • Vice President, Board of Directors - Women's Resource Center (2001-2002)
  • Member, National Association of Secretaries of State

Political positions

Land supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.[8]

Land opposes legislation to increase the minimum wage to $10.10, and a spokesperson said she was "studying options and isn’t yet committing to a specific increase."[9][10]

Speaking to a women's club, Land stated that women in the work force tend to care more about flexibility than pay. Democrats seized on these comments to suggest she opposes equal pay for women. Hannah Rosin, writing in the Miami Herald, criticized opponents for their "highly selective" quoting of Land, writing that Land was "totally right. Women do often sacrifice pay for flexibility, which is one of the biggest reasons for the gender gap."[11]

Campaign issues


Land's website listed the following issues:

Free and Fair Trade: Trade policies from Washington all too often dramatically harm our state’s economy and cost Michigan good-paying middle class jobs. I will only support trade agreements that put Michigan businesses and workers on a level playing field with other countries.

Real Health Care Reform: ObamaCare has increased health care costs. ObamaCare has caused people to lose their insurance. ObamaCare regulations and taxes have discouraged health care innovation. Small businesses are even scaling back plans to hire more workers to avoid the penalty for having more than 50 employees. Some employers have reduced employees’ hours and have been forced to drop insurance plans.

There is a better way.

Immigration: We have a crisis on our southern border. The first duty of the federal government is to protect its citizens, but it cannot do that if it does not know who is coming in and out of the country.

The broken border with Mexico has cost Michigan jobs. Those who blatantly ignore our laws should not be rewarded, while those who follow the law are forced to wait in line to enter our country – this only invites more lawlessness.

It’s time for a systematic approach: We must enforce the immigration laws that are already on the books, make the immigration system more efficient, increase high-tech visas and seal off the border to Mexico. My plan will put Michigan First by protecting our middle class jobs and helping Michigan businesses grow.[12]

Campaign donors


2006 Race for Secretary of State - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $886,607
Total Raised by Primary Opponent N/A
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $192,428
Top 5 Contributors Dan Hibma $87,000 (9.81% of Total)
Michigan Association of Realtors $32,250 (3.64%)
Michigan Auto Dealers Association $24,500 (2.76%)
Michigan Manufactured Housing RV & Campground Association $20,000 (2.26%)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan $18,000 (2.03%)
Individuals v. Institutions $612,017 (69.0%)
$221,538 (25.0%)
In v. Outside State $852,005 (96.2%)
$34,109 (3.8%)



See also: United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2014

Land ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Michigan. Land ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 5, 2014. She was defeated by Gary Peters (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Michigan General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary Peters 54.6% 1,704,936
     Republican Terri Lynn Land 41.3% 1,290,199
     Libertarian Jim Fulner 2% 62,897
     Green Richard Matkin 0.8% 26,137
     U.S. Taxpayers Party Chris Wahmhoff 1.2% 37,529
Total Votes 3,121,698
Source: Michigan Secretary of State



Terri Lynn Land, "Free & Fair Trade"

Terri Lynn Land, "I Pledge"

Terri Lynn Land, "War on Michigan"

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Michigan was considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. Land had a strong fundraising run in the third quarter of 2013.[15]


  • 2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
    • Terri Lynn Land ran unopposed in this contest
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[16]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Terri Lynn Land 56.2%
     Democratic Party Carmella Sabaugh 42.0%
     Green Party Lynn Meadows 1.8%
Total Votes 3,721,910


  • 2002 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
    • Terri Lynn Land ran unopposed in this contest
2002 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[17]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Terri Lynn Land 55.0%
     Democratic Party Melvin Hollowell 43.0%
     Green Party Ray Ziarno 1.2%
     U.S. Taxpayers Charles Conces 0.8%
Total Votes 3,099,208

Campaign donors


Land contributed $1 million to her campaign in the third quarter, nearly half of her total contributions for the quarter.[22] Land stated that, "You can't ask other people to invest in you if you don't invest in yourself.”[23]


Terri L. Land currently resides in Byron Center, Michigan with her husband, Dan Hibma, and their two children - Jessica and Nicholas. She has been a practicing member of the Corinth Reformed Church since 1983.

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  1. The Washington Post, "Terri Lynn Land running for Michigan Senate seat," June 3, 2013
  2. WILX "Land to Run for Governor" 19 Feb. 2009
  3. Daily Tribune, "Land bows out of governor’s race; throws support to Bouchard" 25 June, 2009
  4. WZZM 13 "Bouchard names Land running mate in Gov. race" 16 Sept. 2009
  5. MichCapCon.com, "No Good Deed Unpunished" 7 Feb. 2008
  6. MichCapCon.com, "Democrats and GOP Legislators Slam Savings at Secretary of State" 5 Feb. 2010
  7. MichCapCon.com, "Latest Vote Shows Dept. of State's Cost-Saving Plan Now Opposed by 71 in House — Including Seven GOP" 9 April 2010
  8. "Mlive","GOP Senate hopeful Terri Lynn Land marks Obamacare anniversary, reiterates call for repeal", March 23, 2010
  9. "Politico","Senate battle in Michigan: Whiskey and sled rides", accessed August 22, 2014
  10. "Associated Press","Land opposes proposed min. wage hike", April 30, 2014
  11. "Miami Herald","The war on women has lost its purpose", April 30, 2014
  12. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  13. Roll Call, "GOP Congresswoman Endorses in Michigan Senate Race | #MISEN," August 20, 2013
  14. Mlive.com, "Pete Hoekstra, trounced in 2012 Senate race, endorses Terri Lynn Land's bid," August 21, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014," accessed December 10, 2013
  16. Department of State - 2006 General Election Results
  17. Department of State - 2002 General Election Results
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Lynn Land October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Lynn Land Year-End." accessed April 29, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Lynn Land April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2014
  22. Roll Call, "Two Senate Candidates Put Up $1 Million or More for 2014," October 28, 2013
  23. "Mlive","Profile: Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is in the driver's seat", February 20, 2009
Political offices
Preceded by
Candice Miller
Michigan Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Ruth Johnson