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Jase Bolger will repeat at Speaker of the House despite "Bolgergate" scandal


LANSING (WKZO) -- Some said he couldn’t, and some said he shouldn’t but Jase Bolger has been reelected by his republican colleagues in the Michigan House to remain as their Speaker.

He was picked despite getting wrapped up in an election rigging scandal that nearly resulted in his defeat at the polls on Tuesday and is still the subject of a grand jury investigation.

Bolger says from now on he is avoiding what got him into trouble, avoiding politics and sticking with policy. Bolger is in his third and last term.

Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer says apparently ethics and integrity will not be a priority for house republicans during this next session. 

Among the many others chosen to leadership positions yesterday, the majority caucus chair will be Rep. Al PSCHOLKA of Stevensville, and the associate speaker pro tempore will be Margaret O'BRIEN of Portage.

The Democrats have elected Tim Greimel of Auburn Hills to become their Minority Leader for the coming term.