Politics and Elections
Richard McLellan’s political activities began when he joined the College Republicans at Michigan State University in 1960. His active campaigning began as Chairman of the MSU Romney Volunteers in the 1962 election and campaigning for adoption of Michigan’s new constitution in 1963.
McLellan has been active in Republican Party politics for many years. In addition, his legal practice has included extensive representation of political candidates, political action committees and ballot question campaigns. While serving as an administrative assistant to Michigan Governor William G. Milliken, he directed signature gathering for an educational reform ballot proposal. In 2008, he served on the National Steering Committee of Lawyers for McCain and he served as Chairman of the Michigan Lawyers for Bush-Cheney in 2000 and 2004.
McLellan has been active in promoting democracy outside the U.S. In 1990, McLellan was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as a Presidential Observer to the elections in the People's Republic of Bulgaria. The elections were the first free elections in the country following 45 years of Communist rule. In 1996, he again acted as an observer for the Bulgarian National elections. And again in February 1999, he acted as an observer for the Nigerian National elections with the International Republic Institute Delegation headed by then-retired General Colin Powell.
In 2012, McLellan served as an officer of the ballot committee opposing Proposal 2, the union-sponsored collective bargaining proposal rejected by the voters.