- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The next leader of the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate is Arlan Meekhof of West Olive.

Senate Republicans on Thursday chose the western Michigan lawmaker to become their majority leader in January. He will replace term-limited Majority Leader Randy Richardville of Monroe.

Meekhof (MEEK-off) says the GOP has the largest Senate majority in 60 years after Tuesday’s election. Republicans will have a 27-11 edge in the chamber.

Meekhof says the caucus is committed to improving the economy, reducing the size of government, improving schools and “protecting hard-working taxpayers.” He’s best known for sponsoring one of two right-to-work laws approved nearly two years ago.

The laws made union fees voluntary for government and private-sector workers.

The 54-year-old Meekhof was the operations director at a lock company before joining the Legislature in 2007.

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