1932 : Jerome T. Hart , One of Michigan’s Longest Serving Senators, Born

July 23, 2018 all-day

July 23, 1932

Jerome T. Hart (1932-1995), was Saginaw’s state senator from 1965 to 1991, becoming one of the Legislature’s most senior statesmen before term limits were enacted in the early 1990s. The Democrat, a lifelong Saginaw resident and a former assistant to the state treasurer, held numerous leadership roles during his time in the Senate, including chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, and he made public education his cause. He battled diabetes all his life and suffered a stroke in 1981 but still represented his community for nearly another decade before losing the 1990 election.

In the 1982 election, redistricting put Hart in the same Senate district — the 14th — as fellow Senator Robert D. Young. Hart won the election in what was one of the most heated Senate races in the state.

Jon Cisky, who bested Hart in 1990, introduced the resolution to rename the Saginaw state office building in Hart’s honor.

Sources: The Political Graveyard, Gongwer News Service, legislative records, DTMB

Jerome T. Hart wikipedia entry

Justin A. Hinkley, “Murray who? Meet state office buildings’ namesakes”, Lansing State Journal, October 27, 2015.

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