Chatfield, of Levering, said he is eager to get to work as Speaker and build upon the many achievements the Legislature has made over the past four years.
“I am honored to have the support of my colleagues to lead the House next session,” Chatfield said. “It has been a privilege to represent the people of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula for the past four years, and I’m looking forward to giving them an even greater voice at the Capitol in my new role as Speaker.”
At 30 years old, Chatfield will be one of the youngest speakers in Michigan’s history and the youngest Speaker actively serving in the country. He is also the first Speaker from Emmet County.
“The Legislature has worked hard to strengthen Michigan’s economy, and we can’t turn back now,” Chatfield said. “It’s our duty to come together and find solutions that continue to improve the lives of Michigan families, seniors, workers and children. I look forward to meeting the challenge and delivering meaningful results.”
First elected in 2014, Chatfield currently serves as speaker pro tempore – the second highest leadership position in the House. He also chairs the House Michigan Competitiveness and Government Operations committees.