A Michigan state senator who battled Whitmer over her virus response tests positive.
A Michigan state senator who has been highly critical of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan said on Sunday that he had tested positive for the virus.
The senator, Tom Barrett, a Republican from Charlotte, Mich., announced in a statement that as a member of the Michigan Army National Guard, he underwent a coronavirus test on Friday as part of a program to test reservists before they depart for training.
“Despite taking reasonable precautions, I was notified this afternoon that I tested positive,” he said. “Thankfully, I do not have any significant symptoms at this time and I will be self-isolating according to medical guidelines.”
Mr. Barrett sponsored a bill in April that would have repealed a law that gave governors emergency authority during a public health crisis. The bill came after Ms. Whitmer extended a stay-at-home order that kept most businesses closed and Michigan residents at home.
“All of us, regardless of political stripe or affiliation, or no affiliation at all, should be gravely concerned that any governor would claim authority to seize unilateral control of state government for as long as he or she chooses,” he said at the time.
The bills passed on party-line votes with Republicans supporting the measure and Democrats opposing. Ms. Whitmer vetoed the bill when it reached her desk.
While the full Senate did not meet last week, Mr. Barrett attended three committee hearings. The Senate majority leader, Mike Shirkey, a Republican, said that all senators and staff members had been informed of the positive test result and that “we will evaluate the need for changes to the legislative calendar in the coming days.”
Reporting was contributed by Nicholas Fandos, Shane Goldmacher, Kathleen Gray, Adam Nagourney, Jeremy W. Peters, Stephanie Saul, Ben Smith, Hank Stephenson.