Kathryn Summers named Senate Fiscal Agency director

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Fiscal Agency Governing Board Chair Jim Stamas on Tuesday announced that veteran Senate fiscal adviser Kathryn Summers has been selected to be the next director of the nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency. She replaces Christopher Harkins, who is now the state budget director.

“I have had the pleasure and honor of working with Kathryn over the years and have no doubt that she will do an outstanding job leading the Senate Fiscal Agency for years to come,” said Stamas, R-Midland, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “Kathryn played a key role in advising the Senate on historic K-12 budgets, retirement reforms and equalizing school foundation allowance funding, and I am confident she has the leadership and experience to ensure the agency continues to provide first-rate analysis and information.”

Summers has nearly 25 years of experience working for the Senate and House fiscal agencies and has been associate director of the SFA since 2006. She has advised the Senate and the House on all aspects of the School Aid/K-12 funding, school and state retirement systems, and the Department of Education budget. Summers received her master’s degree from Michigan State University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan – Flint.

“We are glad to have Kathryn Summers at the helm of the Senate Fiscal Agency,” said Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “The counsel and research of this agency is indispensable to the function of this body, and I have full confidence in Kathryn’s ability to lead this nonpartisan agency as we continue to work to improve our state for Michigan families — now and in the years to come.”

The Senate Fiscal Agency Governing Board is comprised of five senators and is chaired by Stamas. The additional members are Shirkey, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, Senate Appropriations Committee Majority Vice Chair Jon Bumstead, and Senate Appropriations Committee Minority Vice Chair Curtis Hertel, Jr.

“Throughout the pandemic, the Senate has greatly benefited from the unbiased work of Senate Fiscal Agency, and I have every confidence that Kathryn is the right person to lead the agency at this critical time and into the future,” said Hertel, D-East Lansing. “Kathryn has provided excellent analysis during divided government for nearly half her career, making her a great choice for this important nonpartisan role.”