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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.

October 9, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Civil forfeiture reform, bully breeds, medical marijuana and more … more

October 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Electronic proof of insurance and criminal justice reform … more

September 25, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Food carts, nursing home over-regulation, voter approval for tax … more

September 18, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Balanced budget amendment, government “jobs for life,” preschool spending … more

Courser's and Gamrat's 'Orphan Bills'

Bills abandoned by the two former legislators … more

September 11, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Sex! Scandal! Expulsion! And substantive issues too … more

September 4, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

New bills on road debt, child deaths, squatters, gender bending, more … more

Schoolchildren, Teachers, Taxpayers Harmed When Pension Managers Assume Too Much

The realities of Michigan's $26.5 billion pension liability … more

August 28, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Recently introduced bills of interest … more

Raiding Car Crash Victim Insurance Reserves No Way to Fund Roads

A one-time funding blip won't solve Michigan's road funding problem … more