Michigan senate president raises $0 this election cycle

According to campaign finance reports filed with the Michigan Secretary of State, Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II has raised $0 and spent $4,424 between Jan. 1, 2021, and Apr. 20, 2022. Gilchrist currently serves as the president of the state senate.

Gilchrist is a member of the Democratic Party and assumed office in 2019. In Michigan, the president of the senate is one of the roles of the lieutenant governor. The primary job of a state senate president is to preside over legislative sessions and ensure that members of the chamber abide by procedural rules. Gilchrist’s current term ends in 2023.

Gilchrist’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2020-2021)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Gilchrist

Gilchrist has raised $0 for the 2022 election cycle.

Expenditures by Gilchrist

Gilchrist reported $4,424 in expenditures, with the entire sum going to two payees. 

Top Expenditures by Gilchrist (1/1/2021 – 4/20/2022)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$3,411.25Democratic State Central CommitteeENTITY
2.$1,013.00Clark Hill Political Action CommENTITY

How donations to Gilchrist compare to the equivalent role in other states

A number of factors, including whether the position holder is the lieutenant governor or a state senator, can influence donor activity. Here is how Gilchrist compares to the 10 other senate presidents with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Across the U.S., 30 senate presidents are members of the Republican Party and 19 are members of the Democratic Party, with one vacancy. The lieutenant governor serves as the president of the senate in 25 states. In other states, the president of the senate is a state senator chosen by the members of the chamber. 

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Michigan PACs submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Annual/January1/31/2022
2022 April (PACs)4/25/2022
2022 July (PACs)7/25/2022
2022 Post-Primary9/1/2022
2022 Pre-General10/28/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.