Colonel William A. Phillips

The 1994 United States Senate election in Michigan was held November 8, 1994. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Don Riegle decided to retire and not run for re-election. Republican Spencer Abraham won the open seat, becoming the first Republican to win a U.S. Senate race in Michigan since 1972. As of 2020, this is the last Senate election in Michigan won by a Republican.


Riegle, a 3-term incumbent, was considered one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats in the 1994 mid-term elections, due to the unpopularity of President Bill Clinton[1] and his being involved as a member of the Keating Five, a group of five United States Senators who were accused of corruption. After months of speculation, Riegle announced he would not seek a 4th term in a speech on the Senate floor.[2]




Michigan Republican Party


  • Jon Coon

Workers World

  • William Roundtree

Natural Law

  • Chris Wege


General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Spencer Abraham 1,578,770 51.9
Democratic Bob Carr 1,300,960 42.8
Libertarian Jon Coon 128,393 4.2
Workers World William Roundtree 20,010 0.7
Natural Law Chris Wege 14,746 0.5

See also


  1. ^ Richard L. Berke (July 27, 1993). "Senate Democrats See Re-election Perils in '94". New York Times. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  2. ^ William J. Eaton (September 29, 1993). "Riegle Is 3rd Keating Case Senator to Not Seek Office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Parker, Randy (May 27, 2003). "Our Campaigns: MI U.S. Senate". Our Campaigns.