Minority Democrats selected Rep. Tim Greimel of Auburn Hills as minority leader. Greimel was elected Tuesday to his first full term after being voted into office during a winter special election to fill a vacancy.
GOP now holds a 59-51 edge in the chamber.
Republicans had been up 64-46 going into the election and Democrats would have needed a net gain of 10 seats to retake control.
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Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.