Former Michigan Democratic Speaker of the House Curtis Hertel Sr. passed away Sunday, March 27 at age 63.
Hertel Sr. was first elected to the Michigan House in 1980 and served his Detroit district until 1998. In 1993 and 1994, he was co-speaker with Republican Paul Hillegonds and sole speaker in 1997 and 1998.
Hertel comes from a family of lawmakers. Two brothers also served in the State House, Senate or U.S. House. His son is current state Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-23rd).
Funeral arrangements are pending. Hertel is survived by his wife, Vicki, four children and five grandchildren.