State Senate District 22
Lana Theis, a Republican from Brighton Township in Livingston County, represents District 42 in the Michigan House of Representatives. She is running for the District 22 Senate seat that’s currently held by Republican Joe Hune, who is term-limited. In the Aug. 7 Republican primary, Theis faces Joseph Marinaro. The winner will compete against Democrat Adam Dreher in the Nov. 6 general election.
Theis was first elected to the Michigan House in 2014, and was re-elected to that seat in 2016. Her candidacy was backed by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group founded by Charles and David Koch.
In the Michigan House, Theis serves as chair of the Insurance Committee and vice chair of the Judiciary Committee. She has sponsored or co-sponsored legislation on a range of issues, including bills to make English the official language of Michigan; to require schools to permanently expel students who are convicted of criminal sexual conduct against another student in the district; to reform Michigan's no-fault auto insurance; and to allow Michigan residents to carry concealed weapons without obtaining permits or receiving training.
From 2008-2014, she served as Brighton Township treasurer. Other public offices she’s held include chair of the Brighton Area Fire Authority and member of the Brighton Township Planning Commission.
In 2012, Theis was a key supporter of a voter referendum drive that would have mandated a two-thirds vote in the state Legislature for any tax increase. That effort failed.
Theis earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton. She is married to Sam Theis, a tax attorney, CPA and founder of Cornerstone Associates. The couple has two children.
Sam Theis is serving as her campaign treasurer.
Lana Theis: In The News
Lawmakers grill expert about data, pay during hearings on post-Nassar bills – Detroit News, May 15, 2018
Self-funded campaigns on the rise – Capital News Service, May 9, 2018
House Reps have reservations about Nassar-inspired bills – MLive, May 8, 2018
House questions impact of post-Nassar statute of limitations bills – Detroit News, May 8, 2018
Theis Bill Protecting Victims Passes House – WHMI, April 27, 2018
Races for new Circuit Court seat, state House and Senate set as filing deadline passes – Livingston Daily, April 24, 2018
Michigan House passes bill barring rapists from attending same school as victim – Detroit Free Press, March 8, 2018
Rep. Theis: Time to resign from insurance committee post – Crain’s Detroit Business, Feb. 18, 2018
Theis: State government must do more to protect juvenile victims (op-ed by Lana Theis) – Livingston Daily, Feb. 4, 2018
Theis-Sponsored Bill Package Would Eliminate Automobile No-Fault Insurance – WHMI, Feb. 2, 2018
No-fault needs reform, but current package doesn't deliver it (Op-ed by Lana Theis) – Crain’s Detroit Business, Jan. 28, 2018
Auto insurance ‘mandates’ muddy reform debate – Detroit News, Oct. 5, 2017
Theis announces candidacy for state Senate – Livingston Daily, July 15, 2017
Gun vote moves Michigan closer to scrapping training, permit rules – Detroit Free Press, May 30, 2017
Read the new bill to ban Sharia Law in Michigan courts – MLive, April 21, 2017
Theis: Campaign finance errors 'unintentional' – Livingston Daily, April 12, 2017
Transgender bathroom directive a 'federal overreach,' Michigan AG says – MLive, May 27, 2016
Michigan police no longer need permit to buy pistol – Livingston Daily, Feb. 3, 2016
Battles between Tea Party and traditional Republicans to play out in primaries – MLive, July 31, 2014