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Richard "Dick" 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.

Dick Posthumus
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61st Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
In office
January 1, 1999 – January 1, 2003
GovernorJohn Engler
Preceded byConnie Binsfeld
Succeeded byJohn Cherry
10th 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
Born (1950-07-19) July 19, 1950 (age 69)
Alto, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Pam Posthumus (d. 2010), Beth Posthumus
Alma materMichigan State University

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[1] 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.[2][3]

Posthumus married Pam Bartz in 1972. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Pam died of cancer on August 18, 2010.[4] Posthumus married Beth Ann (Mihlethaler) Fogg on September 24, 2011.

Electoral historyEdit


  1. ^ Bell, Dawson (July 22, 1998). "RICHARD 'DICK' POSTHUMUS". Detroit Free Press. p. 65. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Snyder recruits Dillon, Posthumus for top posts". Detroit Free Press. November 8, 2010.
  3. ^ Lawler, Emily (February 9, 2017). "Gov. Rick Snyder selects Dick Posthumus as new chief of staff". MLive Media Group. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  4. ^ 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.
Political offices
Preceded by
Connie Binsfeld
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
John Cherry
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Engler
Republican nominee for Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Dick DeVos