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State House Speaker eyes attorney general position

The new House Speaker, Tom Leonard from DeWitt, wants to bring civility back to the political process in Lansing.

  Michigan’s Speaker of the House has his eye on a new government position for 2019.


Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, announced Thursday he is running for state Attorney General. Leonard is in his third term as a State Representative.


“I have fought for conservative reforms and to hold government accountable,” Leonard said in an announcement video. “No matter who I may have upset.”

In the video, Leonard lists issues he has worked on, including attempts at an income tax rollback and increased transparency in the Legislature.


Speaking with reporters after House Session, Leonard said he fights for his constituents and wants to keep doing that.


“I can think of no better, no person in the state of Michigan that is better positioned to fight for the people of the state than that of the Attorney General,” he said.


Leonard is a former assistant Attorney General and Genesee County prosecutor.


“Certainly it puts me in a position where I’m uniquely qualified,” Leonard said.


Current Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette is term limited and running for governor.


Leonard is the second Republican to announce his candidacy. He joins state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker. For the Democrats, defense attorney Dana Nessel and former U.S. Attorney Pat Miles are running.


There isn’t a primary vote for Attorney General. Who the public gets to vote for is decided at each party’s convention next year.

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