Tom Leonard (Michigan politician)

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In October 2017, Tom Leonard announced his campaign to be Michigan's next attorney general. [74] Leonard would be the first attorney general to have previous experience working in the office. [75] Leonard named fighting violent crime, prosecuting sexual predators and putting a stop to the opioid epidemic as his top priorities. [76] During the campaign, Leonard refused to say whether he would support lawsuits to overturn the Affordable Care Act. [77] He has been endorsed by the Police Officers Association of Michigan. [78] He narrowly lost the general election to Dana Nessel.

United States Attorney nomination

On August 14, 2019, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Tom Leonard to be the United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. [79] [80] [81] [82] On September 9, 2019, his nomination was sent to the Senate. [1] In January 2020, Michigan's two Democratic senators blocked Leonard's nomination, [83] [84] [85] [86] which was returned to the president. [87]

Later career

In March 2020, Leonard joined the law firm Plunkett Cooney in Bloomfield Hills. [88] [89]

Electoral history

Tom Leonard
73rd Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 11, 2017 January 9, 2019
2018 Michigan Attorney General election [90]
Democratic Dana Nessel 2,021,797 49.01% +4.82%
Republican Tom Leonard1,909,17146.28%-5.83%
Libertarian Lisa Lane Giola86,6922.10%+0.24%
Independent Chris Graveline69,7071.69%N/A
Constitution Gerald Van Sickle38,1030.92%-0.08%
Turnout 4,125,470+34.07%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

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Michigan House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 93rd district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Speaker pro tempore of the Michigan House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Attorney General of Michigan
Succeeded by
Matthew DePerno