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Posted on Thu, May 23, 2013 : 5:55 p.m.

Rutledge taking over Democratic floor leader position in Michigan House

By Ryan J. Stanton

State Rep. David Rutledge, D-Superior Township, has been elected Democratic floor leader by fellow members of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus.

That makes him second in command to Democratic Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, who said he looks forward to working with Rutledge on priorities that matter to Michigan families.

"David has been a tireless supporter of Michigan's middle-class families, students and seniors, and I'm confident that he will work hard on behalf of all Michiganders," Greimel said.

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David Rutledge

Rutledge, now in his second term as the 54th District state representative for eastern Washtenaw County, will take over floor leader duties for his party in June.

The floor leader is responsible for coordinating speaking opportunities for representatives in the House chamber and proposing amendments to legislation, among other duties.

Current Floor Leader Rudy Hobbs, D-Southfield, is leaving the position as he prepares to run for Congress.

"I'm so humbled and grateful for the trust that my fellow representatives have placed in me," Rutledge said in a statement. "I'm excited to take on this new role in the Democratic Caucus, and look forward to working toward solutions that will make Michigan a better place for all residents."

Rutledge survived a five-way race on Wednesday to become the next floor leader for his party after a lengthy caucus meeting and four ballots that narrowed the candidate field from five to one. In the final vote, he edged past Rep. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights.

Rutledge was first elected to the state House in 2010, replacing Alma Wheeler Smith after she was term-limited. He has spent decades serving in various government roles.

He was Superior Township's supervisor from 1980 to 1988 and served 30 years on the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

He spent six years on the Washtenaw County Road Commission immediately before being elected to the state House, and 13 years on the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees. He also worked as deputy director of the research staff for House Democrats in the 1980s.

In the state House, Rutledge has pushed for increased education funding, tax relief for seniors and middle-class families, and improved access to health care. He's now serving on a task force that's looking at new solutions for improving struggling schools in Michigan.

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Alan Goldsmith

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 4:19 p.m.

A bit of historic perspective:

The Picker

Fri, May 24, 2013 : noon

Has this guy ever derived his income from a non-government source? Where is the perspective?

The Picker

Sat, May 25, 2013 : 12:03 a.m.

Esourceful LLC Thanks for the perspective !

Ryan J. Stanton

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 2:46 p.m.

If you met David Rutledge, you would quickly realize his passion is public service, and I don't think he's ever been paid extravagantly for it. But to answer your question, yes, when he ran for state office in 2010, he was the owner and president of Esourceful LLC, an environmental company in Ypsilanti. I don't know whether he's still actively involved in that but I can ask.

Michael Bodary

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 2:13 a.m.

Very deserved! Congratulations David.


Fri, May 24, 2013 : 1:53 a.m.

Please, Sir, adopt and fight for - Fair - Inclusive - Progressive - Courageous


Thu, May 23, 2013 : 11:50 p.m.

Great news! Congrats!

Vivienne Armentrout

Thu, May 23, 2013 : 11:23 p.m.

Congratulations. He will bring a great deal of grace and dignity to this position, as he has all of his roles.


Thu, May 23, 2013 : 10:36 p.m.

The right guy won this 54th District State House Election in 2010 in a contested Democratic Primary and this promotion to leadership proves it. Congratulations State Rep. Rutledge as this appointment was well-deserved.

craig stolefield

Thu, May 23, 2013 : 10:13 p.m.

Good news! Congratulations!