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2022 Midterm: Trusting the Democratic Process; Takeaways for Michigan Business

November 10, 2022

The Detroit Regional Chamber celebrates that in the 2022 midterm election in Michigan, civility and order returned. Election clerks and officials were allowed to do their jobs, winners accepted with humility, and those who fell short conceded with grace. Democracy only works when everyone plays by the rules and the will of voters is respected. This election’s record turnout showed that Democracy is alive and well. We appreciate that when it was time to count ballots, civility reigned.

Now, with the election behind us, there’s much to consider – especially in terms of how it will affect the economy and statewide business community.

Key Takeaways for Business Leaders

Despite a new majority, decisions will still be made in the center.

Due to slim partisan majorities, centrist and bipartisan alliances are more likely. This will prevent overcorrection that could jeopardize previously established pro-business reforms. Business leaders concerned about quick overreach on issues like taxation, regulation, and labor should seek to educate policymakers about their impact. The Chamber will continue to advocate on behalf of the state’s business community and its priorities.

Bipartisanship will remain paramount with narrow majorities in both the House and Senate.

Each member of the state Legislature has the potential to make or break a piece of legislation. Experienced advocates skilled in developing relationships and counting votes will successfully advance their agendas.

New leadership poses opportunities to revisit stalled bipartisan legislation.

Organizations like the Chamber are better positioned to garner renewed support for legislation, like the Earned Income Tax Credit and Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act expansion, as well as policies related to infrastructure investment and workforce development.

Significant “firsts” coming to Michigan’s legislative leadership.

The Michigan House is expected to elect a Black Speaker of the House, and the Senate has already elected a woman, Sen. Winnie Brinks, as its Majority Leader, firsts for both positions. Presumed Speaker Rep. Joe Tate, current vice chair of the Michigan Legislative Automotive Caucus led by MICHauto, would also be the first Speaker from Detroit since 1998.

Proposal 1’s passage means increased continuity of leadership.

Legislators will now have the opportunity to spend their career in one chamber, building experience and deeper understanding of key issues.

The Chamber will continue to uphold its tradition of bipartisanship to ensure economic prosperity for the state and region. Learn more about the Chamber’s advocacy efforts and legislative priorities at