Curtis Hertel (March 7, 1953 – March 27, 2016) was the co-speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1993-1994, during the time when the house was split evenly between Republicans and Democrats. He was a Democrat. He shared the speakership with Republican Paul Hillegonds. Hertel holds a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University. Hertel was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 1980. His predecessor as speaker of the Michigan House, Lew Dodak, was voted out of office in the 1992 election. In all Hertel served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1980 until 1998. Curtis Hertel's son, Curtis Hertel Jr., was elected to the Michigan State Senate in 2014. His youngest son, Kevin Hertel was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2016. Hertel died on March 27, 2016.