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Dick Posthumus

Dick Posthumus
Posthumus in 2002
61st Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
In office
January 1, 1999 – January 1, 2003
Governor John Engler
Preceded by Connie Binsfeld
Succeeded by John D. Cherry
10th Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate
In office
January 1, 1991 – December 31, 1998
Preceded by John Engler
Succeeded by Dan DeGrow
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 31st district
In office
January 1, 1983 – December 31, 1998
Preceded by Robert VanderLaan
Succeeded by Ken Sikkema
Personal details
Born (1950-07-19) 19 July 1950
Alto, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Pam Posthumus
Profession Farmer/Businessman

Richard "Dick" Posthumus (pronounced PAHST-hume-us) (born 19 July 1950) is an American farmer, businessman, and politician. He was the 61st Lieutenant Governor of Michigan and majority leader of the Michigan Senate. In 2002, he was the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Michigan.

Posthumus grew up on a dairy farm in Alto, Michigan, outside of Grand Rapids. He graduated from Michigan State University, during which he served as chairman of the College Republicans and as a vice chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.

In 1971, he managed the successful Michigan House of Representatives campaign of fellow student and future Michigan governor John Engler. Posthumus was elected to the Senate in 1982 and became majority leader in 1990, when Engler was elected governor. His 1982 campaign was managed by Saul Anuzis. Posthumus was the longest serving majority leader in the history of the Senate.

Posthumus joined Engler on as his running mate and candidate for lieutenant governor in 1998 and went on to serve in that post for four years. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 2002, having defeated Joe Schwarz in the Republican primary, but lost to Democrat Jennifer Granholm in the general election. He joined Compatico in 2005 and became the chief executive officer in 2006.

On 8 November 2010, Governor-elect Rick Snyder named Posthumus to be his senior adviser and legislative lobbyist.[1]

Posthumus married Pam Bartz in 1972. They have four children and four grandchildren. Pam died of cancer on 18 August 2010.


As a former lieutenant governor and member of the Senate, Posthumus is afforded the courtesy title of the Honorable (abbreviated to Hon. or Hon'ble) for life.

Electoral history

  • 2002 election for Governor – Republican Primary


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Political offices
Preceded by
Connie Binsfeld
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
John Cherry

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