Lana Theis

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.

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Lana Theis:  In The News

Lawmakers grill expert about data, pay during hearings on post-Nassar billsDetroit News, May 15, 2018 

Self-funded campaigns on the riseCapital News Service, May 9, 2018 

House Reps have reservations about Nassar-inspired billsMLive, May 8, 2018 

House questions impact of post-Nassar statute of limitations billsDetroit News, May 8, 2018

Theis Bill Protecting Victims Passes HouseWHMI, April 27, 2018

Races for new Circuit Court seat, state House and Senate set as filing deadline passesLivingston Daily, April 24, 2018  

Michigan House passes bill barring rapists from attending same school as victimDetroit Free Press, March 8, 2018 

Rep. Theis: Time to resign from insurance committee postCrain’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 InsuranceWHMI, 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 debateDetroit News, Oct. 5, 2017 

Theis announces candidacy for state SenateLivingston Daily, July 15, 2017 

Gun vote moves Michigan closer to scrapping training, permit rulesDetroit Free Press, May 30, 2017

Read the new bill to ban Sharia Law in Michigan courtsMLive, April 21, 2017 

Theis: Campaign finance errors 'unintentional' Livingston Daily, April 12, 2017 

Transgender bathroom directive a 'federal overreach,' Michigan AG saysMLive, 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