After narrow re-election victory, Bolger given 2nd Speaker term
Updated: Friday, November 9 2012, 07:19 AM EST
LANSING, Mich. (MIRS/NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan State House Speaker Jase Bolger survived defeat on Tuesday night and was rewarded with another two years as the chamber's top official.
The Republican caucus voted Thursday morning to support Bolger for a second term as Speaker without any internal strife, as expected.
The 41-year-old former small business owner was an anonymous selection after leading the Republicans back to majority, albeit a smaller number, and despite the loss of five incumbents.
Democrats netted five seats during Tuesday's election, reducing the Republican majority from a 64-46 split to 59-51 in the coming 2013-14 term.
Considering that the results could have been worse though, as Bolger survived by only 1,000 seats, the caucus was pleased that the number was anything greater than 55.
Bolger has had a rough 2012.
He is being investigated by a one-person grand jury for his role in putting up a phantom candidate as part of the Rep. Roy Schmidt party-switching debacle, but the caucus (without any noticeable exception) has consistently stood solidly behind him.
Two other key members of the leadership team--House Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas and Speaker Pro Tem John Walsh--were also retained.