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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.

July 12, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

July 5, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

Delay Strengthens 'No Medicaid Expansion' Case

Postponing mandate makes Obamacare more vulnerable … more

How Obamacare Is Vulnerable

Let us count the ways … more

Hospital Lobby Driving Medicaid Expansion

Jack McHugh's Senate testimony on Obamacare. … more

The Un-Affordable Care Act

Obamacare Medicaid: Facts, Figures, Background

What you don’t know can hurt you. … more

June 28, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Update on recent votes … more

Stopping Medicaid Expansion In Its Tracks

Amendment makes bill match proponents' claims. … more