A new majority in Michigan? Professor emeritus John Chamberlin gives hope to aspiring Democrats

October 5, 2018

While both Democrats and Republicans remain optimistic heading into November, Democrats have a legitimate opportunity to claim a majority in both chambers of Michigan’s Congress for the first time in years.

For MLive, Emily Lawler details how Michigan Democrats require nine seats in either chamber to establish a majority in "Democrats aim to gain seats, control of Michigan House." And history seems to be in favor of a new majority in either chamber. The Ford School’s John Chamberlin, a professor emeritus of public policy told Lawler that in terms of federal elections, “the party of the incumbent president is at a slight disadvantage.”

While Professor Chamberlin does not claim that the trend tracks with “state legislative races,” Michigan Democrats are hoping for a convergence with historical nationwide trends. While a “blue wave” in Michigan is not guaranteed, the possibility remains as the November 6 election nears.

John R. Chamberlin is a professor emeritus of political science and public policy. Professor Chamberlain was also the director of the Ford School’s BA in Public Policy program from 2007-2011, as well as the director of U-M’s Center for Ethics in Public Life from 2008-2011. Professor Chamberlain is also affiliated with the Association for Public Policy and the Management Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.