Dianne Byrum

  • Byrum & Fisk Advocacy
  • Communications
  • 1501 North Shore Dr., Ste. B
  • East Lansing, MI 48823
  • (517) 353-4647 – Office
  • byrum@msu.edu

Dianne Byrum, a partner with Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, was elected to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees for a term beginning Jan. 1, 2009.

Byrum formed the East Lansing-based public relations firm in 2006. Prior to that she served 24 years as a member of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate.

From 1983 to 1990 she was a member of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners. She was elected to the Michigan House in 1991, then the Michigan Senate in 1995. She returned to the House in 2002. That year, Byrum became the first woman elected as the House Democratic Leader.

Byrum served from 2007 to 2009 as co-director of the Michigan Public Leadership Program, an MSU program that trains future public policy leaders, and treasurer of the Michigan Democratic Party.

In 2002, Byrum received the Leadership Service Award from the Michigan Political Leadership Program. She also is the recipient of the “Champion of Hope” award from the Children’s Trust Fund for her advocacy for children, as well as the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Education Association and the Public Official of the Year award from Habitat for Humanity.

Byrum has an associate’s degree from Lansing Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree from MSU. She lives in Onondaga Township in Ingham County. She is married and has two adult children and two grandchildren.