Lee Chatfield

Michigan State Police turns over Chatfield probe to AG’s office

BY: - September 26, 2022

Updated, 4:11 p.m., 9/28/22 with comments from Nessel’s office, Chatfield’s attorney The Michigan State Police’s nine-month sexual assault and financial misconduct investigation into former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) has concluded and has been turned over to Attorney General Dana Nessel. Chatfield, who was Michigan’s youngest-ever House speaker when he was elected to the position […]


Susan J. Demas: Republicans said KBJ was soft on pedophiles. But they have a Michigan problem.

BY: - April 11, 2022

If you sat through the excruciating Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson, it was clear just how exceptional the first Black female justice in history had to be just to get there. Just compare Jackson’s composure and legal analysis in hearings to Brett Kavanagh, who was credibly accused of sexual assault (which naturally […]

House Democrats call for investigation of former Speaker Chatfield

BY: - March 21, 2022

Michigan House Democrats are calling for a bipartisan committee to investigate former House Speaker Lee Chatfield and his conduct in office. There is an ongoing criminal probe into the Republican amid allegations that he sexually abused his sister-in-law beginning when she was 15, directed campaign funds to family members and legislative staffers, and gave staffers […]

GOP candidate Robert Regan says backlash against rape comment is a ‘bunch of B.S.’ 

BY: - March 9, 2022

State House GOP nominee Robert Regan, who was under fire this week for saying rape victims should “lie back and enjoy it,” told right-wing podcast host “Trucker” Randy Bishop Wednesday that the backlash he is getting across the political spectrum is just a “distraction.” “Let’s be honest, this is a distraction. It’s a bunch of […]

Dems introduce ‘child grooming’ bill amid investigation of former Speaker Chatfield

BY: - February 23, 2022

Amid allegations against former state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), who is accused of sexual assaulting his sister-in-law starting when she was a child, a new bill introduced in the state House would make evidence of grooming admissible in court.  House Bill 5767, introduced by Rep. David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), seeks to explicitly allow evidence […]

State police search house of former Speaker Chatfield’s top aides

BY: - February 15, 2022

As an investigation continues into former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), who is facing allegations of sexually assaulting his sister-in-law, police raided the house of two former top Chatfield staffers Tuesday.  Michigan State Police (MSP) searched Rob Minard’s house in Bath Township Tuesday morning. Minard worked as Chatfield’s chief of staff in 2019 and 2020, […]

Rep. Damoose: ‘Everybody in this room is a little sick’ at Chatfield allegations

BY: - January 12, 2022

State House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare), who succeeded former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), didn’t talk on Wednesday about the sexual assault accusations against his predecessor. But other GOP House members, including the legislator who took over Chatfield’s seat, are speaking out. “I know nothing more than anybody else does about this. I’m just disgusted […]

Details surface of former Speaker Chatfield’s alleged sexual abuse of sister-in-law

BY: and - January 10, 2022

The person former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) is accused of sexually assaulting for more than a decade, beginning when she was a child, is his sister-in-law. The Michigan State Police is investigating the complaint, which was first filed with the Lansing Police Department on Dec. 24, 2021. Rebekah Chatfield, now 26, said the assaults […]

Police investigating ex-Speaker Lee Chatfield for allegedly sexually assaulting child

BY: - January 7, 2022

Michigan State Police are investigating former state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) after a woman filed a criminal complaint accusing him of sexually assaulting her over 12 years, beginning when she was 14 or 15 years old, according to police and the complainant’s attorney. The now 26-year-old woman first filed the complaint with the Lansing […]


Susan J. Demas: The Mackinac Conference lauds civility, but Kent Co. conflicts tell another tale

BY: - September 23, 2021

“Civility still lives here at the Mackinac conference,” Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Sandy Baruah declared while kicking off the (usually) annual Mackinac Policy Conference on Tuesday. But apparently, that value is waning more than 200 miles southwest of the storied island in business-friendly Grand Rapids, once the unofficial home of “Michigan Nice.” While […]


Susan J. Demas: An overlooked goal of the rising far-right? Get good people to quit.

BY: - September 19, 2021

When U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) this week announced his retirement after being one of only a handful Republicans to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, it was greeted with the usual discourse when moderates step aside. Pundits are always atwitter if this mean that Democrats are moving too far […]

The 1/6 Commission wants to know what went down with Trump and Michigan Republicans

BY: - August 25, 2021

There’s been some mystery surrounding a post-2020 election White House meeting between then-President Donald Trump and Michigan legislative leaders, including state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering). Now the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol wants to know what really went […]