Senate leaders announce new assistant secretary of the senate

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, today announced Dan Oberlin as the new assistant secretary of the senate.

“Adding to the existing team in the secretary of the senate’s office will benefit senators, staff, and the public. We are eager to have Mr. Oberlin come aboard and take hold of his new role in the Senate,” said Shirkey.

“If there’s ever a question about policy or procedure, Dan Oberlin has the answer. Dan has been an integral part of the Senate Democratic team since 2003, most notably in his role as our policy director. I speak for the whole caucus when I say that we are looking forward to working with him in this new role and we’re glad he’s not going too far away” said Ananich.

Oberlin is currently policy director for the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus and has been on staff in that office since 2008. He started his career as a legislative staffer in 2003, working for then-Senator Burton Leland. Oberlin also worked in the office of former Senator Mark Schauer. “I am very honored to be selected, and I look forward to working with the Secretary and her talented staff,” said Oberlin.

Oberlin joins the Office of the Secretary of the Senate where he will work with Secretary Margaret O’Brien. “We are happy to have Dan join our team. His years of experience will benefit the Michigan Senate,” said O’Brien.

Oberlin attended Michigan State University where he was a Richard B. Gerisch Scholar and graduated with honors in 2003. He is a resident of Holt, Michigan.

Oberlin will assume his new role on March 2, 2020.