Shirkey announces new deputy chief of staff

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey on Tuesday announced he has promoted Bel Martin to serve as his deputy chief of staff.

“Bel has been an integral part of my staff for nearly three years and has served in many different roles, starting as a legislative aide and most recently as a legislative and policy research analyst using her skills and expertise to serve not only the constituents of the 16th Senate District but residents across the state,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “I am confident Bel will be successful and excel in her new role as our deputy chief of staff and will continue to provide excellent service to the people of Michigan.”

Martin, who is a first-generation Cuban-American immigrant, began her career in public service as a legal extern at Witzel and Zoeller Lawyers, P.C. where she developed a passion for the law. After her time as a legal extern, she continued her legal career as a law clerk for Hude Legal Services where she worked on cases related to family law, estate planning, business law and property law.

As a law clerk, in addition to assisting attorneys while representing legal clients, Martin worked with several non-profits, providing assistance and guidance on advocacy and legislative outreach initiatives. After earning her law degree in 2015, Martin began her work in the Legislature in 2016 and held a variety of positions before joining Shirkey’s staff in 2018, working as a legislative aid for Sen. Dale Zorn and as the legislative director for Rep. Peter Lucido.

Martin is a graduate of Alma College and WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She currently resides in Holt with her husband Joe, daughter Sofia and dogs Cici and Bo.