Pam Byrnes (born June 25, 1947) is the former Democratic State Representative in the Michigan State House of Representatives, representing the 52nd District which covers parts of Washtenaw County. She was a candidate for the Michigan's 18th senate district in the 2010 election, but lost in the primary election to Rebekah Warren.

Byrnes announced her candidacy for the 7th Congressional District seat held by Tim Walberg for the 2014 elections.


A well-known attorney, Pam Byrnes was appointed to the Washtenaw County Road Commission in 2000, becoming the first female road commissioner in Washtenaw County. As an outgrowth of her long-standing involvement in the Washtenaw County Democratic Party, Pam founded the Western Washtenaw Democratic Club and served as its first Chair. She is also an active member of the Chelsea, Dexter and Saline Area Chambers of Commerce.

Her priority is to fight to make sure Washtenaw County gets its fair share from Lansing. Already, she has been instrumental in attracting funding for major improvement projects such as the Dexter Main Bridge, the intersection of Ann Arbor-Saline and Pleasant Lake roads, and the exit ramps where Baker Road meets I-94. She also announced that 11 Washtenaw County award winners will share more than $14 million in Michigan Technology Tri-Corridor funding to spur the growth of Michigan's life-sciences industry.

Pam lives on a small farm in Lyndon Township with her husband, Kent Brown. On their farm, they raise miniature donkeys and pygmy goats. Pam and Kent have two daughters: Katie, an engineer at Ford Motor Company; and Jodie, a teacher in Seattle, Washington.

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State Rep. Pam Byrnes, D-Lyndon Township, filed papers today with the Washtenaw County clerk to officially enter the race to replace Liz Brater in Michigan’s 18th state Senate district. Byrnes said she looks to continue her efforts to bring jobs to Washtenaw County in the state’s upper chamber. She is term limited from running again for her 52nd District state House seat.

A recent poll conducted by Lake Research Partners shows state Rep. Pam Byrnes, D-Lyndon Township, with a 13-point lead over Rep. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, in the race to replace Liz Brater in Michigan’s 18th state Senate district.

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