State Senator (MI-21)

Employer / Organization

Michigan State Senate District 21

Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Jan 29, 2022 - Jul 21, 2022


A Michigan State Senator legislates proposed changes to state laws by writing new laws or amending laws already in place. This often requires taking input from various interest groups to reach compromise. The creation of law requires creative aptitude and the practice of thorough research. A State Senator's research includes how the proposed law could affect the area he or she represents and if the proposed solution is politically, economically and socially feasible. At the state level, senators often represent a larger districts than State Representatives. Being a State Senator requires affability as some of the research may involve meeting with the person from the community or committee members who drafted the proposal. Once introduced into the legislative chamber, these proposals are more commonly known as a bills. If a bill is passed, it is then the State Senator's job to explain the legislative changes to his or her constituents. State Senators serve 4 year terms in the upper state house legislative body and earn a salary of $71,685/year as well as a $10,800/year expense allowance.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Michigan Secretary of State's Office to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including petition requirements, a filing fee, campaign finance forms and other office specific requirements. Next file these papers with the county clerk or the Michigan Secretary of State's Office depending on the type of district you plan to run in. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the required amount of signatures by the filing window deadline to the applicable election official in order to appear on the general election ballot in November. Listed below is the phone number and address of the Michigan Secretary of State's Office, which serves as the point of contact for any questions or concerns.

Submit application to:
Michigan Secretary of State's Office - Elections Division, 430 West Allegan, Lansing, Michigan, 48918, US