Rep. Runestad named chair of Judiciary Committee

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House Speaker Tom Leonard today announced state Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will lead the House Judiciary Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session.

As an Oakland County commissioner, Runestad served as chair of both the Public Services Committee and Planning and Building Committee for three terms and worked with various county commissions to improve Friend of the Court services. Rep. Runestad also served on the Judiciary Committee during his first term as state representative.

“I am honored to be chosen as judiciary chair and look forward to handling a variety of legislative issues in the next two years,” said Rep. Runestad. “I am once again so thankful for the opportunity that House Speaker Tom Leonard has given me and I can only hope to serve the Michigan residents with as much pose and prominence as Speaker Leonard has and will continue to do.”

The second-term lawmaker also will serve on the House committees on Insurance, Communications and Technology, and Local Government.