Rep. Gary Glenn lives in Larkin Township and was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. He represents the 98th District, which includes the cities of Auburn, Pinconning, Linwood, and the townships of Beaver, Fraser, Garfield, Gibson, Mount Forest, Pinconning, and Williams in Bay County. In Midland County, the district includes the city of Midland, the village of Sanford, and the townships of Midland, Homer, Jerome, Larkin, Lee, and Lincoln.
Gary is vice chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee and also serves on the Commerce and Trade, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Tax Policy committees. Gary also represents the state of Michigan on the National Conference of State Legislatures 2015-2016 Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee to learn of ongoing energy initiatives, opportunities, and challenges across the country.
After his first year in office, Gary was named 2015 "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by the editor and reporters of the Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), the state Capitol's oldest daily news service. His selection from among 44 first-term state representatives and 10 first-term state senators was due largely to his leadership in the energy policy debate, MIRS said.
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Thanks to voters in Bay and Midland counties for choosing to hire me once again to serve as your vote and your voice in the state House of Representatives in Lansing.
I appreciate the many expressions of support and encouragement during the now-completed campaign, especially the humbling testimonials published in so many letters to the editor. In one three-day period the last week before the election, the Midland Daily News published letters from 40 citizens expressing support for my candidacy compared to only one in opposition. I was especially moved by the letter from a decades-long friend who expressed gratitude for the role I played in helping bring to justice (and put in prison) the predator who had sexually abused my friend’s granddaughter.
I’m also grateful for the overwhelming show of confidence demonstrated by the 20-point margin by which voters chose to return me to the House, double the margin by which I first won the seat in 2014. That show of support was also broad-based, allowing me to prevail in 48 of the 50 precincts in our legislative district while losing the remaining two precincts by a combined total of only six votes.
In my first term as your state representative, reporters who cover the state Capitol selected me from among 55 first-term state representatives and senators as the most effective first-term lawmaker in Lansing. With two years under my belt, I’ll work toward being even more effective in my second term.
As vice-chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, I’ve worked to protect area jobs by supporting free market reforms to help bring down the cost of electricity, the single biggest expense of doing business for major employers such as The Dow Chemical Co., and for schools, so more money can go to the classroom. I hope to be in a position to have even more impact on that issue in the next legislative session.
I’ll continue to work toward ensuring that Midland Public Schools for the first time receive our community’s share of “at risk” funding the state appropriates to assist children from lower-income families, an objective on which my Democratic opponent graciously offered his support when he called to concede the election Tuesday night.
As a matter of conscience and fidelity to the job with which you’ve entrusted me, I’ve also maintained a perfect attendance record, never missing a committee meeting or vote on the House floor, even — thanks to my wife, Annette, who drove me back and forth to Lansing — when undergoing five months of chemotherapy for cancer, thankfully now in remission.
Finally, I can report to you that when the incoming House Republican Caucus met in Lansing Thursday to select our leadership team for the legislative session beginning in January, my colleagues elected me as Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem, the same leadership post current Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter held during his second term in office. This position of leadership and responsibility should enable me to even more effectively influence the legislative process to benefit the people of Bay and Midland counties while helping advance legislation that will benefit our entire state.
Over the next two years, I’ll do my best to earn your trust anew every day and to conduct myself in a manner that will affirm the trust you’ve placed in me.
Thank you again for your prayers and expressions of concern during my recent health challenge. I ask your continued prayers for my family and me as we undertake the continued challenge of public service and helping chart a course toward a strong and vibrant future for Michigan’s economy and generations to come.
Annette and I wish you and your family a warm and Happy Thanksgiving.
Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland
Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, will be returning to Lansing for a second term as voters overwhelmingly showed their support on Tuesday.
Glenn, who was facing first time political candidate Geoff Malicoat won by an approximately 60 - 40 percent margin for the district that encompasses: the Bay County townships of Beaver, Fraser, Garfield, Gibson, Mount Forest, Pinconning and Williams. It also covers Homer, Jerome, Larkin, Lee, Lincoln and Midland townships in Midland County along with the cities of Auburn, Midland and Pinconning.
"I'm gratified by the support that Midland County and Bay County voters have proffered tonight and their faith in me. I hope to continue to focus on things that will bring more jobs to mid Michigan," Glenn said.
In Midland County, Glenn was more dominant than his first victory in 2014. This time, he only lost two precincts, both in the City of Midland: Ward 1, Precinct 6; and Ward 2, Precinct 2. In 2014, he lost eight precincts, all in the City of Midland.
"This is the high water Democrat year. It seems like there is a Republican wave across the state," he said referring to the strong support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the surprising victory of Donald Trump for president.
Overall, Glenn unofficially won 60.15 percent of the vote, or 25,669, while Malicoat took 39.85 percent, or 17,004. Midland County saw Glenn earn 19,337 votes, or 59.4 percent, to 13,177, or 40.4 percent, for Malicoat.
Historically, a Democratic area, Bay County was even more friendly for Glenn as he earned 62.13 percent of the vote, or 6,332, against 37.55 percent, or 3,827 votes for Malicoat.
Glenn can now set his sights on his second term where he hopes to continue his quest for cheaper electricity in the state. His first term saw him as vice chairman of the House Energy Committee, but he hopes to have a more important role in the energy arena this term.
"I believe one of the most critical things that we need is to have cheaper electricity. There is a strong possibility that I may serve as chairman of the committee. So it would be even more of a focus for me," he said.
A bout with cancer during the past year made campaigning more difficult for Glenn.
"I started four months later than 2014 and I could only do two hours a day instead of 8-10 hours a day," he said, when comparing the two campaigns. But, his supporters took up the slack with a letter writing campaign.
"I've been in politics for almost 40 years now and I've never seen a letter-to-the-editor disparity that was the case in this race," he said. "On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the Daily News ran 40 letters to the editor supporting my reelection and only one supporting my Democratic opponent. That was very gratifying."