Meet the Lt. GovernorLt. Governor Brian Calley
On New Year's Day 2011, Brian Calley was sworn in as America's youngest lieutenant governor. In partnership with Governor Snyder, he pledged to chart a new course to Michigan's future.
From the beginning, Brian viewed the role of lieutenant governor to be much more than a dusty old ceremonial position. He is working to transform a broken political culture into one that produces real solutions to Michigan's greatest challenges. As lieutenant governor, Brian guided a historic tax overhaul through the Legislature, breaking the pervasive gridlock that for too long blocked needed reforms.
Throughout Michigan and across America, Lieutenant Governor Calley has been recognized as a bold leader for a new generation. His willingness to stand up for real people, from small business owners to families dealing with autism, has made Michigan stronger.
Before he accepted the responsibility of building a stronger state, Brian was building a stronger local community. He spent a decade in the private sector working as a community banker. In that role, he helped hundreds of entrepreneurs in dozens of industries grow or maintain Michigan-based jobs and operations.
As an Ionia County commissioner, Calley advocated for transparency and accountability. Voters sent Brian to the Capitol in 2007 as their state representative where he quickly developed a reputation as a leader who is unafraid of reaching across the aisle. During his tenure, Brian became a resource for Republicans and Democrats alike on tax issues and served as the ranking Republican on the House Tax Policy Committee.
Brian has been named one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" by the United States Junior Chamber and one of Crain's Detroit Business's "40 under 40." Other honors include the Small Business Association of Michigan's "Legislator of the Year" and Portland's "Outstanding Citizen of the Year."
Born in 1977, Lieutenant Governor Calley is a lifelong Michigander. He graduated from Ionia High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State and an MBA from Grand Valley. He and his wife Julie have been married since 1996 and live in Portland with their three young children.