Former Speaker Bolger considers return to politics

Jonathan Oosting
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — Former state House Speaker Jase Bolger may be eyeing a return to state politics.

The Marshall Republican last week filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office to create the “Jase Bolger for Michigan” campaign committee. But he did not indicate which office he will seek, listing only “TBD” or “to be determined” on the registration form.

“Hard-working men and women deserve bold leadership that delivers efficient and effective government,” Bolger told The Detroit News via text message.

Now running a boutique consulting firm in Grand Rapids and working with the West Michigan Policy Forum, Bolger said he has not decided on his political future but wanted to transition his account from the committee he had used to raise funds for his state House campaigns.

“Molly and I are thoroughly enjoying life as a ‘former,’” he said, referencing his wife. “I didn’t set out to run for speaker; today I’m not setting out to run for another office.”

Bolger, elected to the state House in 2008, had been seen as a rising star in Michigan GOP politics, but a 2012 party-switch scandal tarnished his reputation. He was term limited out of office at the end of 2014.

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