Top-Ranked Bipartisan Business Advocacy Team

The Chamber's Government Relations team is one of Michigan's most influential bipartisan business advocacy groups.

The Chamber's Government Relations team is one of Michigan's most influential bipartisan business advocacy groups.

Working on issues that matter to business.

Conducting one of the most aggressive advocacy programs anywhere, the Detroit Regional Chamber's government relations team actively addresses issues impacting businesses at all levels of government.

From Detroit to Lansing to Washington, D.C., the Chamber's advocacy team supports legislation and lawmakers that help create an environment where businesses thrive.

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Endorsing winning candidates and legislation

The Chamber's political action committee (PAC) provides bipartisan endorsements to public officials who positively contribute to the success of businesses in the Detroit region.

In the 2016 general election, more than 92 percent of the PAC's endorsed candidates won their respective races.


Fully aligned with the governor's reinvention agenda

Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder has focused on improving Michigan's business climate and the Chamber's advocacy team has consistently supported those policies, including the repeal of the Michigan business tax in 2011. As a result, Michigan was recognized as a top-10 state for business in 2015 and the "Most Improved State" in 2016 thanks to a more job-friendly environment and its lowest unemployment rate in more than 15 years.

Gov. Rick Snyder delivers a press conference on the Soo Locks at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

The Chamber has been fully aligned with Gov. Rick Snyder's reinvention agenda since 2010, resulting Michigan becoming a top-10 state for business.

We want to help Michigan elect candidates that will be best for the state and its communities. That means we need officials who will reach across the aisle to create policies that grow our economy
— Brad Williams, Vice President, Government Relations, Detroit Regional Chamber

One of Michigan's most influential bipartisan business advocacy teams

Chamber PAC endorsements and debates have proven to make or break candidates running for public office in Michigan.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

Quick Facts:

  • During the 2013 Detroit mayoral election the Chamber was the first business organization to endorse mayor Mike Duggan's write-in campaign, helping lead to his victory in both the primary and general mayoral elections.

  • In 2014, the Chamber PAC was one of the few groups to endorse both Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic U.S. Senator Gary Peters, an example of bipartisan support across multiple levels of government.

The Chamber PAC was one of the first to endorse Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in his 2013 write-in campaign.


A leader in advocating for the Gordie Howe Bridge

The Gordie Howe International Bridge broke ground in July 2018. The Chamber’s has been an instrumental player in providing easier access for goods and services to travel across one of North America's busiest international trade crossing.

Gordie Howe Bridge groundbreaking

The Chamber was the first private-sector organizations to advocate for a second span to increase economic prosperity for both the United States and Canada.

Our team has continued to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to build support for and ensure the completion of the new bridge as a key asset to the region’s long-term prosperity.”
— Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber

A leading advocacy voice for Michigan's leading industry

Brad Williams at AutoMobility Day at the Capitol

MICHauto regularly convenes investors from the automotive industry together with state legislators in Lansing to identify policy priorities that are most important to their continued growth of the industry.

Regularly testifying in front of Michigan legislative committees, the Chamber supports policies that will help Michigan lead the race in next-generation mobility and connected technology.

The Chamber is also sought out for its thought leadership in autonomous driving legislation, providing opinion pieces to media outlets.

The Chamber team meets in Lansing with MICHauto and automotive industry leaders.