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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.

April 1 Michigan Legislature Weekly Roll Call Report

Constitutional amendments on same sex marriage, legalized pot, “referendum-proofing” bills and more … more

March 18, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Detroit school bailout, extra liquor license for big stores, digital assets … more

March 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

“Stale” petition signatures, bank examiner powers, arson burns … more

Trump, Snyder Agree: More Visas for Foreigners With Degrees

Possible change of course for presidential candidate … more

March 4, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Teens with liquor, bikers without a license, DNR double dipping … more

February 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

“Reasonable” government electioneering, save sweltering children, teach the Holocaust … more

February 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Flint water rebates, raises for judges, more sap for you … more

February 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Nude dancing, pet adoption background checks, unionization and pensions … more

February 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Flint water bill rebates, dark skies, tax breaks for developers … more

Michigan Competitiveness Stuck on Mediocre

Economic outlook has improved, but could be better … more