Terri Lynn Land

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Terri Lynn Land
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Michigan
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 is 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 is 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

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 is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Michigan. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.


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.[10]


  • 2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
    • Terri Lynn Land ran unopposed in this contest
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[11]
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[12]
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.[17]


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Candice Miller
Michigan Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Ruth Johnson