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Posted on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 5:19 p.m.

State Rep. Pam Byrnes to run for state senate

By Erica Hobbs

State Rep. Pam Byrnes, D-Lyndon Township, is running for the state Senate.

Byrnes will formally announce her candidacy for Michigan’s 18th District at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in front of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town.

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Pam Byrnes

"Residents of Washtenaw County need a state senator who will bring a progressive social message to Lansing and deliver business-friendly policies that promote economic growth for Michigan in the global economy," she said in a press release. "I have spent my tenure in the House being a consensus builder who finds a 'way to yes.' I want to take that leadership to the Senate."

Byrnes was elected to Michigan’s House of Representatives in 2004, after working for more than two decades as an attorney. She also served as director of Friend of the Court and as Washtenaw County’s first female road commissioner.



Sat, Dec 12, 2009 : 2:34 p.m.

Yeah, all this taxing and has left us with too much money for roads, schools, higher education and other liberal pet projects. Sheesh.


Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 9:32 p.m.

Rep. Byrnes was just named the Humane State Legislator of the Year from the Human Society of the United States! What an honor! It's just another example of how she stands up for what it right!


Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 9:17 p.m.

Hooray for Pam! I'm glad to see her heading towards the Senate.


Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 7:09 p.m.

Yes, seriously. Look at her voting record -- don't just pay it lip service. Byrnes is the one state rep who has represented the people, *not* voted for every tax, and actually made a difference with the number of bills she has introduced or sponsored. She's risen to a position of power and influence, and it would be a shame to lose that by voting for someone less experienced like Warren. (And if you think going back to the Republicans is the answer, you're screwed in the head. Engler (and Bush) set up this "Decade From Hell" as Time calls it. Be careful what you ask for...)

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Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 2:04 p.m.

man can't live on change alone

Chelsea Fellow

Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 12:52 p.m.

Byrnes has served the people well during her tenure in the House, and we need her experience, leadership, and guts in the Senate. Her willingness to take a hard look at state employee benefits demonstrates her toughness: there is no political upside to that. It certainly hasn't endeared her to the 'labor coalition' and 'special interests' that others here have been complaining about. We need grownups to do the hard things in the legislature. Send Pam to the Senate.

Martin Church

Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 11:54 a.m.

just what we need another tax and spender. It has not worked for the last 8 years what makes her think it will work now. Concensus builder means selling out the voters and the workers in favor of bigger government. we need people of principle who won't take a poll to see what is right. It's time for the big money politicans to take some time off and get to work makeing an honest living.

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball

Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 7:51 a.m.

Same old, same old. SSDD. Byrnes is a career politician beholden to VERY 'specialized' interests. Lansing is BROKE-N - She had her time.. WE NEED A NEW DIRECTION.


Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 2:37 a.m.

Ms. Byrnes has been part of the old tired labor coalition that has driven Michigan into the ground. The fact is the Michigan Democrats have failed the people of the Great Lakes State and Byrnes with her pro gay agenda is near the front of the line. Come Nov. 2010 let us add Pam to the ranks of the unemployed.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 10:20 p.m.

Finally! A candidate for the Ann Arbor senate seat that will actually be able to make a difference! Rep. Byrnes is a proven leader who has continuously worked in the House in a bipartisan manner. This is the type of leadership that will help move Michigan forward! Byrnes for MI Senate!


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 9:59 p.m.

Please if you're staying in Michigan wake up...These libs have put Michigan in the hole we're in. Vote them all out..

Jeffersonian Liberal

Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 7:18 p.m.

Come on people, if you send her back to Lansing, you deserve to live in the third world country that is the State of Michigan. Check out her voting record at, there isn't a tax she didn't think we couldn't afford.