Dick Posthumus

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Dick Posthumus
Posthumus in 2002
61st Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
In office
January 1, 1999 – January 1, 2003
GovernorJohn Engler
Preceded byConnie Binsfeld
Succeeded byJohn Cherry
Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate
In office
January 1, 1991 – January 1, 1999
Preceded byJohn Engler
Succeeded byDan DeGrow
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 31st district
In office
January 1, 1983 – January 1, 1999
Preceded byRobert VanderLaan
Succeeded byKen Sikkema
Personal details
Richard Posthumus

(1950-07-19) July 19, 1950 (age 73)
Alto, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Pam Bartz
(m. 1972; died 2010)
Beth Mihlethaler
(m. 2011)
Children4, including Bryan and Lisa[3]
EducationMichigan State University (BA)

Richard Posthumus (/ˈpɑːstjməs/; born July 19, 1950) is an American businessman, and politician. He was the 61st lieutenant governor of Michigan and majority leader of the Michigan Senate. In 2002, he was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan.


Posthumus grew up on a dairy farm in Alto, Michigan, outside of Grand Rapids. He graduated from Michigan State University, during which he served as chairman of the College Republicans and as a vice chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.

In 1971, he managed the successful Michigan House of Representatives campaign of fellow student and future Michigan governor John Engler. Posthumus was elected to the Senate in 1982 and became majority leader in 1990, when Engler was elected governor. His 1982 campaign was managed by Saul Anuzis. Posthumus was the longest serving majority leader in the history of the Senate.

Posthumus joined Engler on as his running mate and candidate for lieutenant governor in 1998[4] and went on to serve in that post for four years. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 2002, having defeated Joe Schwarz in the Republican primary, but lost to Democrat Jennifer Granholm in the general election. He joined Compatico in 2005 and became the chief executive officer in 2006.

On November 8, 2010, Governor-elect Rick Snyder named Posthumus to be his senior adviser and legislative lobbyist.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Posthumus married Pamela "Pam" (née Bartz) in 1972. They had four children together, and seven grandchildren. Pam died of cancer on August 18, 2010.[7] Posthumus married Beth Ann (née Mihlethaler) Fogg on September 24, 2011.[8] Dick's son, Bryan, is a Michigan state representative, and advocate for Alcoholic's Anonymous and Dick's daughter, Lisa, is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives.[9]

Electoral history[edit]


  1. ^ "Pam Posthumus Obituary". obits.mlive.com.
  2. ^ "Happy Birthday To my best friend and husband, Dick posthumus!! Thank you for our wonderful life!!". facebook.com.
  3. ^ "6 races to watch on Election Day in Grand Rapids area". MLive. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  4. ^ Bell, Dawson (July 22, 1998). "RICHARD 'DICK' POSTHUMUS". Detroit Free Press. p. 65. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Snyder recruits Dillon, Posthumus for top posts". Detroit Free Press. November 8, 2010.
  6. ^ Lawler, Emily (February 9, 2017). "Gov. Rick Snyder selects Dick Posthumus as new chief of staff". MLive Media Group. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Veselenak, David (August 19, 2010). "Pam Posthumus dies of cancer at age 59, remembered for how she 'took care of everybody'". The Grand Rapids Press. MLive Media Group. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Best weekend ever!! 🙂". facebook.com.
  9. ^ "GOP lawmaker from western Michigan gets 15 days in jail for drunken driving". Detroit Free Press. July 23, 2021.
Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Michigan Senate
Preceded by Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Loren Bennett
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by