Shirkey announces new chief of staff

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today announced Jeremy Hendges will join his office as chief of staff beginning January of 2020.

“Jeremy and I have worked with one another throughout my time in the legislature. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from years working in the executive and legislative branches of government. Jeremy will be an asset to the Senate Republican Caucus and a welcomed addition to our team. We are eager to continue progress on our legislative agenda and look forward to Jeremy bringing with him new ideas and institutional knowledge,” said Shirkey.

Hendges was most recently a special advisor in the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. For the past several years, Hendges served in various positions within the Department of Talent and Economic Development during the administration of former Governor Rick Snyder. Hendges’ past positions include interim director, chief deputy director, and deputy director of legislative affairs.

Prior to his career in the executive branch, Hendges was a longtime legislative staffer. He was on staff in the office of the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives during the tenure of former Speaker Kevin Cotter and former Speaker Jase Bolger. Hendges also worked for Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer during his time in office. Hendges started his legislative career in the Michigan Senate in the office of former Senator Jason Allen in 2003 and joined the office of then-Majority Floor Leader Alan Cropsey in 2007.

Hendges is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He has served on the Michigan Strategic Fund Board, the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority Board, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Hendges resides in Alto, Michigan with his wife, Erin, and their two kids.