State Officers Compensation Commission

Under Article IV, Section 12, of the Michigan Constitution, the State Officers Compensation Commission (SOCC) determines salaries and expense allowances of the governor, lieutenant governor, legislators, justices of the Michigan Supreme Court, attorney general, and secretary of state.

Constitutional and legislative provisions on the SOCC process provide that:

  • The SOCC shall meet not more than 15 days after January 31st every odd-numbered year. 
  • The SOCC shall file its determinations with the clerk of the House, secretary of the Senate, and director of the Department of Management and Budget by June 15th every odd-numbered year.
  • Proposed changes in SOCC determinations over salaries and expense allowances take effect only if the legislature, by concurrent resolution adopted by a majority in each house, approves them. 
  • The house and senate must alternate on which body initiates the resolution on SOCC determinations, with the senate originating the first time in 2009, followed by the house in 2011.  
  • The concurrent resolution may amend the SOCC determinations to reduce the salary and expense allowance by the same proportion for all offices.
  • The legislature cannot reduce salary or expense determinations below the amounts in place when the determinations are made.
  • Once approved by the legislature, salaries and expense allowances become effective for the legislative session immediately following the next general election.

2021 State Officers Compensation Commission

Phyllis Browne, Dewitt, communications manager of public policy and social mission for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and former communications director for the Michigan House of Representatives Republican Communications Office. (Expires 01/01/2022)

Dan DeGrow, Burtchville, retired superintendent of schools from St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency and former state senator.(Expires 01/01/2022)

Robert L. Emerson, of Lansing, previously served as a state representative, state senator, and state budget director. Following his public service, Emerson worked as a consultant with McAlvey, Merchant & Associates until his retirement in 2015. (Expires 01/01/2025)

Vincent Gregory, of Lathrup Village, most recently served as a state senator and state representative. Gregory has also served as an Oakland County commissioner and a detective with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. (Expires 01/01/2025) 

Gerald Hildenbrand, Plainwell, environmental protection specialist for the United States Department of Defense. (Expires 01/01/2022)

Sheryl Y. Kennedy, Ph.D., of Davison, most recently served as a state representative for the 48th House District. Prior to elected office, Kennedy served as an educator, principal, and lecturer at the University of Michigan. (Expires 01/01/2025)

Osama Siblani, West Bloomfield, publisher of the Arab American News. (Expires 01/01/2022)

Past SOCC Determinations