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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.

Opioids, Slingshots, Switchblades, Police Sex with Prostitutes and Important 'Do Not Resuscitate' Proposal

June 30, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Big Budget Bills, Jail for Bringing in too much Beer, Ban Government Charter School Discrimination, more

June 23, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Pension Reform, Electronic Vehicle Registration, Decriminalize Idling in Driveway

June 16, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Energy Debt for Colleges, No Special Permit to Carry

June 9, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Government ‘Phone-In’ Voting; More State Housing Loans; Piling Costs on Defendants

June 2, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Favors for Aircraft Owners, Liquor Cartel and Salt Company; Canines in Cafés, More

May 26, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Criminalize Female Genital Mutilation, Authorize Flint Promise Zone Tax

May 19, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

A Sad Passing, and Some Budget Votes

May 12, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Big Handouts for Developers, OK to Warm Up Car in Driveway, Social Media Games

May 5, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Authorize “Choose Life” and Pro-Sports License Plates; Ban Police Sex with Prostitutes and Lasing Aircraft

April 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more