Meekhof announces chief of staff changes

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today announced the departure of  long-time Chief of Staff, Robert DeVries and the promotion of current Deputy Chief and Legislative Director Craig Ryan to the position of chief of staff.

“Bob has been my lead staff person since I first started in the House 10 years ago.  I am always pleased to see my staff people move on to new opportunities, but Bob’s departure is bittersweet.  I am so happy for him and I wish him well, but it is hard for me to imagine my office without Bob,” said Meekhof.  “I rely on Bob’s counsel as a professional and as a friend.”

DeVries has held the title of Chief of Staff to Senator Meekhof since 2011 when Meekhof joined the Michigan Senate as Majority Floor Leader.  DeVries started his career in the legislature in 2007 and held various staff positions in the Michigan House of Representatives.

DeVries is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and received his Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2012.  DeVries is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.  DeVries resides in Kentwood, Michigan with his wife, Jackie, and their three daughters.  He is active in his local community and well-known throughout the Lansing community.

DeVries will join the staff of Lansing firm Governmental Consultant Services, Inc., or GCSI, in the first part of 2017.

Craig Ryan is currently Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.  Ryan joined Meekhof’s staff in 2015 as Policy Director.

“Craig is an integral member of my team and will easily transition into the job of chief of staff,” said Meekhof.  “Craig has a wealth of knowledge and experience both in and outside the legislature.  He is well-respected by senators and staff, alike.  I know Craig will do an excellent job and I look forward to working with him in this new role.”

Ryan came to the Michigan Senate from his position as Deputy Policy Director and Senior Policy Advisor in the Michigan House Republican Policy Office.  Ryan has held various staff positions in the Michigan Senate and House since 1997.  Ryan worked as an executive for Lafarge North America from 2006 to 2013.

Ryan is a graduate of Michigan State University and resides in Perry, Michigan with his wife, Telly, and their five children.