Former Speaker of state House endorses Reckling in primary race for 47th

Meghan Reckling has received the endorsement in the GOP primary for the 47th state House district from Tom Leonard, the former Speaker of the state House.

Tom Leonard, former speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, endorsed Meghan Reckling, chair of the Livingston County Republican Party, in the Aug. 4 primary for the 47th District state House seat being vacated by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, who is term limited.

“I have had the honor and privilege of knowing Meghan for over a decade now and worked closely with her during my time as Speaker,” Leonard said. “Meghan’s work ethic, understanding of complex issues, and knowledge of the legislative process as well as how to get things done will make her an outstanding State Representative and advocate for the people of Livingston County. She has my wholehearted endorsement.

“As chair of the Livingston County Republicans, her passion for our conservative values and ‘can do’ attitude have enabled her to successfully lead and grow our party. I have no doubt that she is going to take those same conservative values, passions, and work ethic to the House of Representatives as the next state representative for the 47th district.”

In 2013, Leonard was selected as one of the American Conservative Union’s “10 under 40” rising conservative leaders from across the country. As Speaker of the House, he led the way for significant reforms and expansions within Michigan’s mental health services. Then, in September 2019, President Donald Trump nominated Tom to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, where he eventually would battle our two US Senators over his nomination.

“It is an honor to have the support and endorsement of Speaker Leonard,” Reckling said. “Under his leadership in the House, we made great strides in improving Michigan’s economy and helping our hardworking families prosper. I look forward to going to Lansing and continuing to fight for Livingston County.”


There are four candidates in the Aug. 4, 2020, Republican primary: Reckling; Bob Bezotte, a current county commissioner and former sheriff; Yvonne Black of Marion Township; and Zachary Dyba, the assistant to the township manager in Brighton Township. The winner will face Democrat Adam Smiddy, former director of Livingston County Veterans Services, in the fall.

The 47th District includes the City of Howell; the Village of Fowlerville; part of the City of Fenton; and the townships of Conway, Cohoctah, Deerfield, Hartland, Handy, Iosco, Unadilla, Oceola, Marion and Tyrone. The seat is currently held by term-limited Republican state Rep. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville.


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