Rep. Lana Theis earns title of Most Conservative member of State House

State Rep. Lana Theis and Brighton High School student Gianna Diva listen as Brigton resident Ashley Diva speaks before the Law and Justice Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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Of the 110 members of the Michigan House of Representatives, the most conservative of them all this year was Rep. Lana Theis, R-Brighton Township.

So says the Lansing political newsletter MIRS, which has been ranking the Legislature’s Most Conservative and Most Liberal members since 2003. To arrive at the rankings, MIRS selected 52 bellwether votes and looked at which members voted the conservative or liberal way on each one.

State Rep. Lana Theis

Theis voted the conservative way 92 percent of the time, which gave her the title of Most Conservative.

In the 15-year history of the MIRS ranking, Theis is the first Livingston County House member to top the list.

This year’s Most Liberal House member was Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason), who voted the conservative line just 6 percent of the time.

Theis – who was elected to the State Senate this year and begins her new job on Jan. 1 – took pride in winning the Most Conservative title. She told MIRS, “I wanted to represent the community that elected me. My voting record reflects Livingston County values, and I’m honored to have been able to be their voice in Lansing.”

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  1. Lana Thies sure did not represent Livingston County values when she voted to do damage to all 3 ballot proposals that easily passed in our county. She doesn’t represent most Livingston County values by voting to make it nearly impossible for voters to bring petition proposals forward for the vote of the people. People on the left & right in this county are against this.

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