LANSING — The abrupt announcement that Congressman Dan Benishek will not seek re-election has shocked local government.
The seat, which has been held by Benishek since 2011, is wide open. While he hasn’t officially announced running for the vacant position yet, State Senator Tom Casperson spoke with TV6 and says he’s seriously considering it.
“I haven’t even had time to sit down and talk about it with my wife,” said Casperson. “That’s why when people ask, I’ve had to be reluctant to say anything straight forward about it. Clearly, it’s something we’ve talked about in the past. We’re just going to wait a day or so.”
Casperson stated he would focus on jobs in his political campaign, if he were to run.
Casperson’s professional experience includes working for his family business, Casperson and Son Trucking, for 27 years. His work in the trucking industry, particularly a 1997 log truck accident spurred Tom to act, leading him to invent a safer way to transport lumber. He drafted a bill, and it was eventually signed into law in 2003.
Casperson served in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 108 from 2003 to 2009.
On May 14, 2008, Tom Casperson filed over 1700 petitions with the Secretary of State, formally launching his bid for Congress for the First Congressional District of Michigan as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Bart Stupak. Tom Casperson lost to Bart Stupak decisively.
Currently – Casperson is a member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Won re-election in 2014 – Casperson faced off against Democrat Christopher Germain, winning with a total of 50,689 votes, against Germain’s 31,278 votes.
Source: TV 6 – Marquette, MI Upper Michigan’s Source
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