[Photo of Jack McHugh]

Jack McHugh

Senior Legislative Analyst

Jack McHugh is the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s senior legislative analyst and editor of MichiganVotes.org, a unique Web site that puts the activities of the Michigan Legislature at citizens’ fingertips. Since the site was launched in 2001, McHugh has written or edited concise, plain-English descriptions of every bill, vote and amendment in the state House and Senate: 12,000 bills; 10,000 roll call votes; 8,000 amendments; and 2,400 new laws. These can all be searched and sorted on the MichiganVotes.org Web site.

McHugh’s experience prior to joining the Center is wide and varied. He has been a floor trader in the treasury bond and gold futures “pits” of the Chicago commodity exchanges, writer and real estate developer. He entered the Michigan political and public policy scene in 1994, spending six years as a legislative chief of staff in the House of Representatives.

McHugh has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University (where he completed two highly relevant research projects, “Analyzing Michigan House Voting Records Using the ‘MichiganVotes.org’ Database” and “Analysis of Appropriations to Michigan’s Public Four-Year Universities, with Recommendations”).

Jack McHugh’s essays on public policy issues have appeared in The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The Grand Rapids Press and many other newspapers. He is also co-author of a book on Midwest mountain bike trails.

Residential Levies for Business Subsidies, Truck Platoons, Baby Boxes and More

May 18, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

New Scorecard Ranks Every Michigan Legislator on Corporate Handouts

Tracks every vote of nearly 500 lawmakers since 2001 … more

Require Conviction for Police to Keep Seized Assets, School Safety Responses

May 11, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Budgets, Beer Tents, Vehicle Bike Racks and More

May 4, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

School Safety, Frail Prisoners, Pyramid Schemes and Budgets

April 27, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Medicaid Work Requirements, Alien Driver's Licenses, Dead Voters and More

April 20, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Despite Right-To-Work Laws, Unions Find Ways Make Workers Keep Paying

Ban Pit Bull Bans, Licensure Mandates for Foresters and Shampooers, More

April 13, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Emotional Support Animals, License Mandates and More License Mandates

April 6, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more