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Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, welcomed the Rev. Bob Winter and his wife Anne to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Winter serves as pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Greenville and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
September 14th 2017
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, listened as the Rev. Bob Winter delivered the invocation before Senate session on Thursday. Winter serves as pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Greenville and was Emmons' guest.
September 14th 2017
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, paid tribute to the life and service of U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Becker, who died on March 14 when his U-28 aircraft crashed during a training exercise in New Mexico. Kowall and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley welcomed Becker's parents Gary and Stacey Becker, Novi Fire Captain Mark Theisen and Novi Police Officer Bob Manar for the memorial statement during Senate session. During his service, Becker participated in six overseas deployments with the 34th Special Operations Squadron in support of counterterrorism operations.
September 8th 2017
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, speaks at the state Capitol Thursday about Senate Bill 541, a measure he introduced to address the shortage of dental providers by allowing dentists to hire mid- level providers called dental therapists.
September 7th 2017
State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomed Pastor Scott Farrell of Calvary Baptist Church in Evart to the Michigan Senate on Sept. 6, 2017 to deliver the invocation at the start of Senate session.
September 6th 2017
State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomed Pastor Scott Farrell of Calvary Baptist Church in Evart to the Michigan Senate on Sept. 6, 2017 to deliver the invocation at the start of Senate session.
September 6th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, presents a special tribute to the Shelton family in recognition of the 70th anniversary of Shelton's Farm Market in Niles. The tribute was signed by Proos, Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Berrien Springs; U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Gov. Rick Snyder.
August 8th 2017
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township, joined other members of the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder for the signing of Senate Bill 401, now Public Act 92 of 2017, which provides future school employees with a competitive defined contribution plan and protects and secures existing retirement plans for current and former school employees on July 13, 2017.
July 13th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, honored the Lafarge Presque Isle Quarry with a signed tribute for their continued conservation efforts with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). For several years, the Lafarge Presque Isle Quarry has fostered a partnership with the Black Mountain Chapter of the NWTF to increase, maintain and manage upland habitats on quarry land. Stamas and Allor presented the tribute to Joe Heberling, Vicki McCoy and Tim Cordes with the Presque Isle Quarry and Pete Demos (right) with the NWTF.
July 10th 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, looks on as Christopher Pawsat of Ingham County is sworn in to the Michigan National Guard. Also in attendance were state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, State Rep. Tom Barrett, R- Potterville and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
July 6th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, attaches the steering column on a partially completed ValueShopper with the help of Production Manager Mike Henris and Jason O'Brien, who normally performs the task.
June 28th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stops for a photo on the completed ValueShopper scooter before it is wrapped and prepared for shipment.
June 28th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, joins Founder and Chairman Al Thieme and his wife Beth for a photo after the tour. Beth serves as the company's chief executive officer and vice president of commercial sales.
June 28th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, pay tribute to good Samaritans Jerry Burnham of Berrien Springs (center right) and Keith Pepple of Plainwell for coming to the aid of a state trooper under attack. After a pursuit, Michigan State Police Trooper Garry Guild (center) was attacked by two men. Upon witnessing the altercation, Burnham and Pepple stopped their vehicles, stopped the action and saved the trooper's life. Both Burnham and Pepple were presented with special tributes during Senate session with their families.
June 21st 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, pay tribute to good Samaritans Jerry Burnham of Berrien Springs (center right) and Keith Pepple of Plainwell for coming to the aid of a state trooper under attack. After a pursuit, Michigan State Police Trooper Garry Guild (center) was attacked by two men. Upon witnessing the altercation, Burnham and Pepple stopped their vehicles, stopped the action and saved the trooper's life. Both Burnham and Pepple were presented with special tributes during Senate session with their families.
June 21st 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed the commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League and officials from the Saginaw Spirit and Flint Firebirds to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Pictured from left: Dick Garber, Jr., owner of the Saginaw Spirit; Horn; Flint Firebirds Governor Rolf Nilsen; Stamas; Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch; Craig Goslin, Saginaw Spirit president and managing partner; and Flint Firebirds President Costa Papista.
June 14th 2017
Sen. Marty Knollenberg welcomes a group of students from Bloomfield Hills to the Capitol for Tuesday's annual Deaf Education Day.
June 14th 2017
Sen. Marty Knollenberg speaks to attendees from the Capitol steps at the 2017 Deaf Education Day.
June 14th 2017
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, (standing, left) on Tuesday attended the governor's ceremonial bill signing of Senate Bill 102, Schmidt's legislation to allow certain personal property to be transferred to community foundations.
June 14th 2017
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, proudly welcomed the Rev. Harold DeMott to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Dr. DeMott serves as pastor at the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene and delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session.
June 13th 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, along with Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, welcomed East Kentwood High School math teacher Luke Wilcox to the Senate floor during Tuesday's session. Wilcox was recently named Michigan Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Department of Education.
June 13th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Rev. Kevin Eccles, his wife Melanie and their daughter to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Kevin serves as senior pastor at Monroe Free Methodist Church in Monroe and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Melanie serves as the church's associate pastor and joined her husband and Zorn for the invocation.
June 9th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Rev. Kevin Eccles, his wife Melanie and their daughter to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Kevin serves as senior pastor at Monroe Free Methodist Church in Monroe and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Melanie serves as the church's associate pastor and joined her husband and Zorn for the invocation.
June 9th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Senate Education Chairman Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair, (center right) on Monday toured the Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry (SMCSI) Program in Hudson. The center, housed in a former manufacturing facility, provides 21st century education and training to high school students and adults through blended learning with the use of technology. Joining Zorn and Pavlov on the tour was Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, who serves as chairman of the Senate subcommittee reviewing the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC). Zorn serves on the subcommittee, which recently heard testimony from SMCSI Program Manager Dan Rogers and Hudson Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne about the program.
June 8th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, takes questions on the newly signed MiThrive initiative after Gov. Rick Snyder gave the bills final approval Thursday afternoon.
June 8th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, along with Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, State Reps. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso and Vanessa Guerra, D-Saginaw and Saginaw County leaders watch as Gov. Rick Snyder signs the MiThrive Initiative into law.
June 8th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Senate colleagues from both sides of the aisle welcomed Michigan's Catholic bishops to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Among the bishops at the Capitol were Bishop Steven Raica of the Diocese of Gaylord and Bishop Joseph Cistone of the Diocese of Saginaw.
June 7th 2017
Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, welcomed Olympic gold medal winner Allison Schmitt to the Michigan Capitol as a special floor guest during the June 7, 2017 session in honor of her many Olympic accomplishments.
June 7th 2017
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, honored 2017 Frank Fitzgerald Public Service Award recipients Evan Ward (left) and Isaac Martin on Tuesday during Senate session. Named for the late Frank Fitzgerald, a state lawmaker in the 1980s and 1990s, the award recognizes talented young people active in Michigan government who have shown extraordinary dedication and a willingness to help others.
June 6th 2017
The Senate Committee on Health Policy, chaired by Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, heard testimony on Tuesday and approved legislation that would help curtail the rising opioid abuse epidemic in Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson counties and across the state.
June 6th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn and Britton Deerfield Schools district resident Scott Langmeyer (right) on Tuesday told the Senate Finance Committee about the need for Zorn's reform that would allow Michigan school districts to use sinking fund revenues to purchase school buses. Also testifying were Clinton Community Schools Superintendent Jim Cracraft, Britton Deerfield Schools Interim Superintendent Stacy Johnson, and Wayne RESA Transportation Director Kim Hooper of Onsted.
June 6th 2017
Clinton Community Schools Superintendent Jim Cracraft (left) and Britton Deerfield Schools Interim Superintendent Stacy Johnson on Tuesday told the Senate Finance Committee about the need for Sen. Dale Zorn's reform that would allow Michigan school districts to use sinking fund revenues to purchase school buses. Also testifying were Britton Deerfield Schools district resident Scott Langmeyer and Wayne RESA Transportation Director Kim Hooper of Onsted.
June 6th 2017
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomed Livingston County veteran of the year Dwight Sachau (right) to the Capitol on May 25, 2017 as his guest for the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service.
May 26th 2017
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, co- hosted a luncheon for 77 veterans following 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service.
May 26th 2017
Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomed Roy and Julie Hinkson of Manistique to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Roy Hinkson served in the U.S. Army. While serving in Vietnam, Roy was shot 13 times and was awarded a Purple Heart.
May 26th 2017
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, Vincent (Tom) Oltesvig (right) and Cpl. Dennis Powers (left) paid tribute in the Senate Thursday to those who gave their lives defending our country. Oltesvig and Powers were Kowall's guests for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 26th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed the family of Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan John Burgess to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Burgess of Sanford was killed in Iraq in 2006. His family attended the ceremony with Gold Star families.
May 26th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed Chief Warrant Officer 3 Douglas Robinson of Gaylord to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Robinson is currently a veteran's representative for the state in northeast lower Michigan and is president of the Northern Michigan Veterans Coalition. His 22 years of service in the U.S. Army included commanding troops in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Calm.
May 26th 2017
LANSING, Mich. - Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, and Master Sgt. Chris Smith, director of the St. Clair Department of Veterans Affairs, paid tribute in the Senate on Thursday to those who gave their lives defending America.
May 26th 2017
Nofs' photowire: State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomes Major General Clark W. LeMasters Jr. (right) to the Michigan Capitol for the 2017 Memorial Day Service at the Michigan Senate. Major General LeMasters Jr. is the commanding general at the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake; Army Spc. Douglas Cockroft; and Phil Sponsler (not pictured) paid tribute in the Senate on Thursday to those who gave their lives defending America. Cockroft, a U.S. Army veteran, was Shirkey's guest for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the ceremony honors the service members who fought with bravery to defend the nation's freedom.
May 25th 2017
Please post the attached with the following cutline: Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, (left) and Steve Johnson paid tribute in the Senate Thursday to those who gave their lives defending our country. Johnson, an Air Force veteran who served from 1971-1977, was the lawmaker's guest for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the ceremony honors the service members who fought with bravery to defend our nation's freedom.
May 25th 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, stands with Lt. Col. Denny Gillem of the United States Army on the Senate floor prior to the start of Thursday's Memorial Day Ceremony.
May 25th 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and Army Lt. Col. Denny Gillem stand for a photo next to the Battlefield Cross as it is displayed on the Senate floor.
May 25th 2017
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed Army Spc. Vaughn Begick of Bay City to the Michigan Capitol for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service on Thursday.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Marty Knollenberg welcomes Carmen Johnson, president of the Troy Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers to the Capitol for Thursday's Memorial Day Ceremony.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Marty Knollenberg stands with Tom Bustance, Commander of the Berkley American Legion Post 374, next to the Battlefield Cross as it is displayed on the Senate floor.
May 25th 2017
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed Jesús Lozano, Petty Officer 3rd Class and Commander of the Linden American Legion Post 119, to the Michigan Capitol for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service on Thursday. Lozano was an aviation electronics technician during the Vietnam Era and served in North Atlantic. He also serves as the Sergeant of Arms for American Legion District 6 and was joined by his wife Pat at Thursday's ceremony.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed World War II veteran Leonard Robinson and his family to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored members of the military from Michigan who died within the past year. Robinson is also the grandfather of Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (Navy SEAL) Heath Robinson, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. Pictured from left: Heath's father Dan Robinson, Dan's wife Kathy Archer, Helen Robinson, Leonard Robinson and Schmidt.
May 25th 2017
Please post this photo with the following cutline: Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, welcomed Major General Gregory Vadnais to the Michigan Senate for the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service on May 25. Major Gen. Vadnais is the Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard and the Director of Military and Veterans Affairs for Michigan.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien (center-right), R-Portage, is joined by Rep. Maturen (right) and the Kalamazoo Pipe Band at the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service on May 25.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, leads the Michigan Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance during the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service on May 25.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed U.S. Army Capt. Jon Hall of St. Joseph to the state Capitol on Thursday as his guest for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Hall is an Iraq War veteran and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He is currently a manager at Whirlpool and a member of U.S. Rep. Fred Upton's Military Academy Advisory Committee.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Vietnam veteran Dave Davison of Luna Pier to the state Capitol on Thursday as his special guest for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Davison served six years in the U.S. Army, including two years in Vietnam. He is currently the mayor of Luna Pier and the twin brother of Michael Davison, who was Zorn's guest last year.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (left) welcomed the Rev. Charles Donajkowski to the Michigan Senate on Wednesday to deliver the invocation before the start of Senate session. Father Donajkowski is the pastor at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda.
May 24th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomes the Rev. Terry Boyd to the Michigan Capitol. Boyd serves as pastor at Sycamore Baptist Church in Jackson and delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session.
May 24th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, on Monday presented a travelling trophy to Watervliet High School in recognition of the school and community winning the senator's 2017 Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament, which is designed to inspire students to show off their school pride in fun and imaginative ways. The social networking contest spanned five weeks and featured 31 area high schools, which were divided into four brackets named for features that characterize Southwest Michigan. The Panthers won the championship by scoring more than 100,000 points and submitting more than 2,700 photos, which received more than 86,000 likes on Facebook.
May 24th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, visited with Branch County students at the YMCA's Michigan Youth in Government (MYIG) legislative appreciation breakfast on Wednesday. MIYG's mission is to provide leadership training to meet the needs of a democratic society and to develop an understanding and awareness of state government and national issues. Pictured from left: Emma Grife from Coldwater High School; Meredith Grife from Coldwater High School; Shirkey; Kyle Germann of Coldwater High School; and Quincy High School student Luke Rufenacht, who currently serves as 2017-18 youth governor.
May 24th 2017
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, pins a Vietnam veteran lapel pin on the coat of Chief Petty Officer Jack Beattie in the office of Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, at the Michigan Capitol. Beattie served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1991 and is one of the survivors of the June 8, 1967 attack on the USS Liberty.
May 24th 2017
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, and Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, on Tuesday presented a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to Chief Petty Officer Jack Beattie (center left) at the Michigan Capitol. Capt. Luke Clyburn (left) joined the senators for the presentation to Beattie, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1991 and is one of the survivors of the June 8, 1967 attack on the USS Liberty.
May 24th 2017
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, and Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Tuesday presented a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to Chief Petty Officer Jack Beattie (center left) at the Michigan Capitol. Capt. Luke Clyburn (left) joined the senators for the presentation to Beattie, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1991 and is one of the survivors of the June 8, 1967 attack on the USS Liberty.
May 24th 2017
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, pins a Vietnam veteran lapel pin on the coat of Chief Petty Officer Jack Beattie in the office of Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, at the Michigan Capitol. Beattie served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1991 and is one of the survivors of the June 8, 1967 attack on the USS Liberty.
May 24th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, issues a receipt to a customer who had stopped in to pay her phone bill as the senator was working behind the desk.
May 22nd 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, troubleshoots an issue with a customer's cable box with Kyley Kent, LTC technician and son of one of the company's owners.
May 22nd 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, and plant manager Tom Bowden discuss how LTC runs pipes and conduit underground, which not only protects cables from the elements, but does not disturb the homeowner's yard either.
May 22nd 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, (left) listens as Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry (SMCSI) Program Manager Dan Rogers and Hudson Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne highlight the SMCSI to the Senate education subcommittee reviewing the Michigan Merit Curriculum. The center, housed in a former manufacturing facility in Hudson, provides 21st century education and training to high school students and adults through blended learning with the use of technology.
May 19th 2017
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, and Sen. Vincent Gregory, D-Lathrup Village, welcomed the Oakland County Chapter of Credit Unions to the state Capitol on Wednesday.
May 18th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien (center right), R-Portage, and Sen. Judy Emmons (center left), R-Sheridan, present a resolution recognizing May as Foster Care Awareness Month to (from left to right) Ronicka Hamilton, MA, director, Seita Scholars Program, Center for Fostering Success, Western Michigan University; Geovany Ulario, WMU, Seita Scholars program; Bri Simmons, WMU, Seita Scholars program; Maggie Grimm, WMU, Seita Scholars program; Karie Ward, MSW, sustainability coordinator, Fostering Success Michigan, Center for Fostering Success, Western Michigan University; Maddy Day, LLMSW, director of outreach and training, Center for Fostering Success, Western Michigan University during Senate session on May 18.
May 18th 2017
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, stands at the rostrum with the Rev. Kenneth Klett (center) of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Holland, his wife Laurie (center, left), their son Nathaniel and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley after Klett delivered the invocation before Senate session on Thursday.
May 18th 2017
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed 2016 Asparagus Queen Mary Harris, Asparagus Queen First Runner-Up Mandy Achterhof and National Asparagus Queen Coordinator Christine Rickard to the Capitol on Wednesday. Harris promoted the asparagus industry of Oceana County and provided each senator with a gift of locally grown asparagus. Rockwell Farms of Hart donated the 50 pounds of asparagus for the occasion.
May 17th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Monroe County Bicentennial Alliance to the Capitol on Wednesday to celebrate the upcoming bicentennial of Monroe County. Zorn presented the group with a copy of Senate Resolution 60, which was adopted by the Senate in recognition of the county's bicentennial. Joining Zorn for the presentation were Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, and Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe.
May 17th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed board members and staff from Michigan Community Action (MCA) to the Capitol on Tuesday after the Senate approved Stamas' and Schmidt's resolution to declare May 2017 as Community Action Agency Month. Pictured from left: Schmidt, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency Executive Director Lisa Bolen, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency Executive Director John Stephenson, Mid Michigan Community Action Executive Director Jill Sutton, and Stamas.
May 16th 2017
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, and Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed board members and staff from Michigan Community Action (MCA) to the Capitol on Tuesday after the Senate approved Stamas' and Schmidt's resolution to declare May 2017 as Community Action Agency Month. Pictured from left: Schmidt, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency Executive Director Lisa Bolen, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency Executive Director John Stephenson, Mid Michigan Community Action Executive Director Jill Sutton, and Stamas.
May 16th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, welcomed Joe Kaczynski to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Kaczynski won the gold medal in March in the 5K Freestyle Cross Country Skiing event at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. He was in Lansing as part of the Special Olympics Michigan Capitol Day. Kaczynski was presented with a special tribute signed by Stamas, Glenn, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Gov. Rick Snyder. Pictured from left: Brig. Gen. Michael A. Stone, assistant adjutant general - Michigan Army National Guard; Stamas; Calley; Kaczynski; and Glenn.
May 16th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed the Rev. Robert Braman and his wife Betty to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Braman is the former senior minister at First Congregational Church in St. Joseph and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
May 10th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed the Rev. Robert Braman to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Braman is the former senior minister at First Congregational Church in St. Joseph and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, joined Proos and Braman for the invocation.
May 10th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Tuesday presented a special tribute to Harry Hutchinson of Tecumseh in recognition of being named an IBEW Hour Power Apprentice of the Year. Three out of the last five years a Michigan apprentice has won this prestigious award. Hutchinson was the 2015 award winner. In addition to excelling in his apprenticeship class and on the job site, Hutchinson brought a passion for community work and charitable giving to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 252. He was the founder of the Union 4 Life charity, raising over $30,000 for breast cancer research at the University of Michigan Research Center.
May 10th 2017
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, welcomed Julie Day to the capitol on Tuesday. Day was a guest of Kowall and Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc.
May 9th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed the 44 members of the New Buffalo High School band to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Directed by Christina Baumann, the band performed several songs in front the Capitol steps, including "America the Beautiful" and "America" ("My Country Tis of Thee").
May 9th 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, joins Sen. Margaret O'Brien, Portage, and Rep. Beth Griffin, R-Mattawan in welcoming guests to the 2017 Mattawan Lions Club Senior and Veteran Expo.
May 8th 2017
Area residents gather around one of the many booths at the Mattawan Lions Club Senior and Veteran Expo.
May 8th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Tuesday welcomed guests from the Monroe Family YMCA to the Michigan Capitol. Pictured from left: Corey Welch, Monroe Family YMCA mission advancement director and former Senate staffer; Monroe Family YMCA CEO Kristin Irwin; Zorn; and Sue Vanisacker, member of the Monroe Family YMCA Board of Directors.
May 2nd 2017
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, local organizations and volunteers on Friday collected household items for an area women's shelter. Pictured from left: Lynn O'Brien, district director, office of Sen. Kowall; Chris Rieck, operations manager, Two Men and a Truck; Charlene Bush, marketing manager, Two Men and a Truck; Kowall; Dan and Brenda Weiand, co-ministry leaders, Giving 360; Jack Shubitowski, president and CEO of Huron Valley State Bank and LACC Chamber president; Laura Bolyard, executive director, LACC; and Cara Linville, lead volunteer, Giving 360.
May 2nd 2017
Two Men and a Truck Operations Manager Chris Rieck (left) and Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, partnered with local organizations and volunteers on Friday to collect household items for an area women's shelter.
May 2nd 2017
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (right) listens as Dr. Lori Post testifies before the Judiciary Committee about legislation to criminalize female genital mutilation in the state.
May 2nd 2017
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, testifies before the Judiciary Committee about legislation to criminalize female genital mutilation in the state. Dr. Lori Post, an associate professor at Yale University School of Medicine and incoming director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University joined O'Brien.
May 2nd 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed Grass Lake Village Council President Joe DeBoe (left) and Township Supervisor Jim Stormont to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. DeBoe and Stormont were representing the Village of Grass Lake and Grass Lake Township, which received the 2017 Active Community Award as part of the Governor's Fitness Awards.
April 27th 2017
Members of the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce toured the state Capitol Wednesday and visited with Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (center) in his office.
April 27th 2017
Pictured from left to right: State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, joins Kalamazoo County Victim Advocate Stella Chivikas, Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, Sen. Steven Bieda, D-Warren and Attorney General Bill Schuette at the annual Crime Victim's Rights candlelight vigil Tuesday evening
April 26th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, joined Midland Fire Department Chief Chris Coughlin (left) in telling the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on Wednesday about the need to pass Senate Bills 264-265 to update Michigan's firefighter training standards, which have not been updated in more than 30 years.
April 26th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, joined Midland Fire Department Chief Chris Coughlin (left) in telling the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on Wednesday about the need to pass Senate Bills 264-265 to update Michigan's firefighter training standards, which have not been updated in more than 30 years.
April 26th 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, congratulates Sydney Azzi, a top-five finalist for the Michigan Association of Publics School Academies' Teacher of the Year Award. Azzi, a resident of Kentwood, is an advanced placement English Language & Composition Teacher at Grand River Preparatory High School in Grand Rapids. All of the finalists for the Teacher of the Year and Administrator of the Year awards were recognized Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol.
April 26th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, (left) listens as former Lt. Gov. John Cherry and St. Clair Superintendent Dan DeGrow discuss the 2004 Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth. Zorn is a member of a new education subcommittee reviewing the Michigan Merit Curriculum, which was enacted in 2006 as a result of the commission's recommendations.
April 21st 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Clinton, on Thursday honored the Hudson High School varsity wrestling team at the Michigan Capitol for winning the 2017 Division 4 state championship. The Tigers have been to a state record nine consecutive finals - winning six state titles during that time. The lawmakers presented Coach Scott Marry and the team with a special tribute signed by Zorn, Kahle and Gov. Rick Snyder.
April 20th 2017
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, welcomed Monsignor John Budde, pastor of St. Mary Our Lady of the Snow Parish in Milford, to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Budde gave the invocation before the start of the Senate session.
April 20th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands at the Senate rostrum with Coach Larry Ford (center), Athletic Director Paul Brieger (back left), Assistant Coach Dave Pratt (back center) and Junior Varsity Coach Courtney Walters (back right) as the Flushing Raiders were recognized for their recent Class A state championship on the Senate floor Thursday.
April 20th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, is joined by Rep. Joe Graves, R-Argentine Township and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, R-Flint, for a photo on the Senate floor with the Flushing High School girls' basketball team and coaching staff. The lady Raiders were at the Capitol today to honor their recent Class A state championship.
April 20th 2017
State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy and members of the newly formed Education subcommittee on the Michigan Merit Curriculum listen as former Lt. Gov John Cherry and former Senate Majority Leader Dick DeGrow testify on how the state can both improve the curriculum and offer opportunities for students beyond the traditional avenue of a college degree.
April 20th 2017
State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomed Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police, to the Michigan Senate on April 19, 2017 to receive a special tribute recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Michigan State Police.
April 19th 2017
State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomed Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police, to the Michigan Senate on April 19, 2017 to receive a special tribute recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Michigan State Police.
April 19th 2017
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, poses for a photo with state Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek and Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police (center) during Wednesday's ceremony honoring the agency's 100 year anniversary.
April 19th 2017
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, proudly welcomed Rabbi Michael Zimmerman (right) to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Zimmerman serves as rabbi at the Congregation Kehillat Israel in Lansing and delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session.
April 18th 2017
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was presented with the 2017 John V. Field Award by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) on Tuesday. Journalism students from Grand Ledge assisted in presenting the award to Jones, who was recognized for his work last year advocating for the First Amendment rights of student journalists. Jones sponsored legislation to create the Student Free Press and Civics Readiness Act, specifying that a student journalist would have the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press in school-sponsored media. The John V. Field Award recognizes a person who is not currently a student media adviser for their significant contributions to scholastic journalism in Michigan. The award was first given in 1972 to John Field, who served as executive director of MIPA for more than 20 years.
April 18th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, joined with Senate colleagues during session on Tuesday to honor and celebrate the service of the late Sen. John Pridnia with Pridnia's family. Pridnia served the people of the 36th Senate District for eight years and also served eight years in the House of Representatives. After leaving the Legislature, Pridnia was active in his new community of Port Austin, where he lived until he died in November. Pictured from left: Pridnia's son John and his wife Michelle; Stamas; Pridnia's wife Lisa; Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville; Pridnia's cousin Stephanie Harrah; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; Pridnia's daughter-in-law and son Liana and David; and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.
April 18th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Saturday presented a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Burnell Brandeberry's service with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Brandeberry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ardith, who accepted the medal on his behalf. Pictured with Brandeberry (seated) from left are: Lt. Col. Mark Woodruff, vice commander of the Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol; Col. Curtis Boehmer, Michigan Wing commander; and Zorn.
April 17th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Saturday presented Ardith Brandeberry with a Congressional Gold Medal, posthumously honoring her late husband's service with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Burnell Brandeberry served in a squadron based in Adrian, where he learned to fly and earned his wings before leaving to train as a B-29 tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Upon discharge from the Army, Brandeberry studied education and became a teacher at schools in Illinois and Ohio. He also served as an elementary school principal in the Toledo area, where he retired. Brandeberry died in 2013 at the age of 86.
April 17th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, toured Nowicki's Sausage Shoppe in Alpena with owner Phil Nowicki (left). The family business opened in 1917 and now makes more than 80 homemade specialties. Stamas toured the shop as part of an effort to highlight successful small businesses and engage local leaders about economic development issues.
April 5th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, toured the Fiber Char Corporation in Alpena with owner Dennis Schultz (left). The family business opened in 1978 and manufactures of custom wood mouldings and components. Stamas' tour was part of an effort to highlight successful small businesses and engage local leaders about economic development issues. Pictured from left: Schultz, Stamas, tour guide Mike Bagnieschi, Tim Schultz and Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jackie Krawczak.
April 5th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, toured Cutting Edge Computers with owners Mike and Courtney Willits in Gaylord. The family owned business provides the latest in computer technology and privacy protection. Stamas' tour was part of an effort to highlight successful local businesses and engage area leaders about economic development issues. Pictured from left: Robert Klatt, Kenny Dangler, Stamas, Cindy Keefe, Mike Willits, Courtney Willits and Cole.
April 5th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, toured SunFrog with owner Josh Kent (left) in Gaylord. Sunfrog became the nation's largest online t-shirt company in less than three years and its website is among the most-visited sites in the world. Stamas' tour was part of an effort to highlight successful local businesses and engage area leaders about economic development issues.
April 5th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, joined Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday as the governor signed bipartisan legislation to make reforms throughout the criminal justice system. The multi-bill package was spearheaded by Proos and includes restorative justice reforms designed to result in better outcomes, increased public safety and reduced costs. Pictured with Snyder from left are: Rep. Jon Hoadley, D-Kalamazoo; Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive; Proos; House Speaker Tom Leonard; Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson; Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage; Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington; Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo; and KPEP President and CEO William DeBoer.
March 31st 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, joined Gov. Rick Snyder, legislators from the House and Senate and members of the law enforcement community as Snyder signed the criminal justice reforn package into law.
March 31st 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed fourth-grade students from Brandywine Elementary School in Niles to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. After session, Proos talked with the students in the Senate chamber about the state's representative form of government and answered their questions.
March 29th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, recently welcomed Monroe High School students Starlyn Higgins, Travis Lenta and Nick Bradburn to the state capital. The students presented Zorn with a "Thankful for Our Michigan Roots" sign they made in their welding classroom. The sign is on display in Zorn's Senate office. Joining the students were their instructor Glenn Zorn and Career and Technology Education Director Bill Ferrara.
March 29th 2017
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (left) speaks during Senate session on Tuesday, March 28. O'Brien was speaking in support of Senate Resolution 35, which marked March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Michigan. Listening are members of the Kalamazoo chapter of Children of the American Revolution, Elizabeth and Alice Kraatz, and Sandra and John Santos.
March 29th 2017
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowerville, welcomed Father David Speicher from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Howell to the Michigan Senate on March 28, 2017 to lead the invocation before the Senate session.
March 29th 2017
Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, received the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from the Michigan Municipal League for his work on Senate Bill 1068. The bill, which has since been signed by Gov. Snyder, eliminated a state law requirement local governments to return some of their road funding money to the Michigan Department of Transportation if a major road project fell within the city's limits.
March 29th 2017
Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed the Rev. Rob Troutman and his family to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Troutman serves as lead pastor at Reach Community Church in Saginaw and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Troutman also serves as chaplain for the Saginaw and Saginaw Township police departments.
March 28th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, visited students at Anderson Elementary School in Bronson on Friday as part of March is Reading Month. Shirkey emphasized the importance of reading and read aloud to the students from one of his favorite short stories.
March 27th 2017
Under the watchful eye of Det. Scott Malace, State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, performs CPR on one of the department's training dummies.
March 24th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, conducts a routine traffic stop on the Saginaw Township Police Department's training simulator.
March 24th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stops for a photo outside Saginaw Township Police Department with the team of officers that helped complete the first Hometown Job of 2017.
March 24th 2017
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, attends a press conference with fellow legislators, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Gov. Rick Snyder and other Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Taskforce to discuss the importance of ending the opioid overdose and abuse epidemic in Michigan.
March 23rd 2017
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, (fifth from left) listens as Gov. Rick Snyder addresses the media on Thursday regarding a new bipartisan, bicameral legislative package to address the growing opioid abuse epidemic in Michigan. Senate Bill 272, sponsored by Shirkey, is one of the measures in the package.
March 23rd 2017
State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, proudly welcomed Reverend Jim Pollard to the Capitol on Tuesday, March 21st 2017. Reverend Pollard, from Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Cascade Township, gave the invocation before the start of Senate session
March 22nd 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, joined children's advocacy center board members from across the state as Gov. Rick Snyder signed Stamas' legislation to help the centers protect Michigan children. Public Act 491 of 2016 will enable children's advocacy centers to access abuse and neglect information that can be critical in supporting young victims. Among those attending the ceremony were Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Bethany Law; Michelle Waskevich, executive director of the Safe and Sound Child Advocacy Center in Midland; and Kaity Doyle and Lindsay Colon with the Northern Michigan Children's Assessment Center.
March 22nd 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora and Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jackie Krawczak to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday.
March 22nd 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed 4-H members from Arenac and Iosco counties to the Michigan Capitol. The group was in Lansing as part of the 4-H Capitol Experience, an annual four-day conference that focuses on civic engagement and public policy. Pictured from left: Liam Straver, Joslyn Nelkie, Halle Matthews, Jennifer Colvin, Stamas, Hannah Hayes-Butterfield, Miranda Hall, Brody Ruckle and 4-H Program Coordinator Kelli Rau.
March 21st 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed local students to the Michigan Capitol as part of the 4-H Capitol Experience, an annual four-day conference that focuses on civic engagement and public policy. The students were accompanied by MSU Extension's Monroe County 4-H Program Coordinator Sara Lewis (right).
March 21st 2017
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (second from left) and Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, (second from right) on Monday participated in a Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony in Fraser at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6691 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war. Gold Star Mothers Elsie Mannerow and Mary Jean Linville, whose sons were killed in action in Vietnam, were the guests of honor.
March 21st 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, visited students at Lyle A. Torrant Center in Jackson on Monday as part of March is Reading Month. Shirkey emphasized the importance of reading and read aloud to the students from one of his favorite short stories.
March 21st 2017
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and Rep. Scott VanSingel, R-Grant, met with more than 50 students from Hart Middle School and Shelby Middle School at the Capitol on Tuesday. Teachers Andrew Patterson and Eric Jensen brought the students for the schools' annual visit to the Capitol.
March 15th 2017
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and Rep. Scott VanSingel, R-Grant, met with more than 50 students from Hart Middle School and Shelby Middle School at the Capitol on Tuesday. Teachers Andrew Patterson and Eric Jensen brought the students for the schools' annual visit to the Capitol.
March 15th 2017
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday the Rev. Sahaya Stanly of All Saints Catholic Church in Fremont. Stanly gave the invocation before the start of Senate session.
March 15th 2017
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday the Rev. Sahaya Stanly of All Saints Catholic Church in Fremont. Stanly gave the invocation before the start of Senate session.
March 15th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, testified before the Senate Natural Resources Committee on his resolution supporting the recommendations of the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan.
March 15th 2017
The Michigan Senate Natural Resources Committee hears testimony on Wednesday, March 15 from Roy and Julie Hinkson of Manistique regarding their land dispute with the U.S. Forest Service.
March 15th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe, welcomed Rick Becker to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Becker is vice president and general manager of Stoneco of Michigan. He was recognized by Zorn and Bellino on Tuesday for recently becoming chairman of the Michigan Aggregates Association.
March 14th 2017
Sen. Joe Hune (left), R-Fowlerville, joined State Representatives Hank Vaupel, R-Handy Township, and Lana Theis, R-Brighton, for a grant presentation at the VINA Community Dental Center and the University of Michigan Student Run Health Center on March 13, 2017 in Brighton.
March 13th 2017
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, (left) stands with the Rev. Jon Terry (center) and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley at the rostrum after Terry delivered the Senate invocation on Thursday.
March 9th 2017
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, and Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, welcome retired Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins (center) to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Atkins is the current president and CEO of the Military Officers Association of America. The retired Air Force general visited the Capitol as part of a nationwide tour to discuss ongoing military and veterans issues.
March 9th 2017
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and Midland County Probate Judge Dorene Allen testify before the Senate Committee on Families, Seniors and Human Services regarding the importance of Senate Bills 103-106.
March 8th 2017
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, listened as Pastor Mark Edwards delivered the invocation before Senate session on Wednesday. Edwards serves as administrative pastor at Trinity Church in Stanton and was Emmons' guest.
March 8th 2017
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, welcomed Pastor Mark Edwards to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Edwards serves as administrative pastor at Trinity Church in Stanton and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
March 8th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, met with fourth- and fifth-grade students from Sister Lakes Elementary at the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. After session, Proos talked with the students from Dowagiac in the Senate chamber about the state's representative form of government and answered their questions.
March 8th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, met with fourth- and fifth-grade students from Sister Lakes Elementary at the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. After session, Proos talked with the students from Dowagiac in the Senate chamber about the state's representative form of government and answered their questions.
March 8th 2017
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, salutes Vietnam veterans and their families during a lapel pinning ceremony on Saturday at the American Legion Boat and Canoe Club in Grand Rapids in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.
March 7th 2017
State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, speaks during a Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony at the American Legion Boat and Canoe Club in Grand Rapids in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the conflict.
March 6th 2017
State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, presents a veteran with a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin during a ceremony at the American Legion Boat and Canoe Club in Grand Rapids in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the conflict.
March 6th 2017
Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, and Seth Mauth of the 5 Star Life Program, testify before the Michigan Senate Education Committee on Feb. 28.
March 1st 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, presents a local veteran with a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin as part of an effort to recognize Michigan's Vietnam veterans for their service during the war. Proos hosted the ceremony in Bridgman with Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, to help thank the area's Vietnam veterans and their families. During the ceremony, the senators honored more than 250 Vietnam War era veterans from Southwest Michigan.
March 1st 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, talked to local veterans at Bridgman American Legion Post 331 prior to a lapel pinning ceremony giving long-overdue recognition to Michigan's Vietnam veterans and their families. Proos and Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, hosted the event and presented a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to more than 250 veterans from Southwest Michigan who served on active duty during the Vietnam War era.
March 1st 2017
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, pictured right, welcomed Pastor Kevin McIlhany, of the Cross Bridge Church in Ishpeming to the state Senate on Wednesday. Pastor McIlhany delivered the invocation before the day's legislative session.
March 1st 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush to the Michigan Senate on Thursday. Forbush was in Lansing to testify in support of Senate Bill 46, which is co-sponsored by Stamas. The bill would allow the use of corner flashing lights on emergency vehicles as an option instead of rotating or oscillating lights attached to the roof.
March 1st 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush to the Michigan Senate on Thursday. Forbush was in Lansing to testify in support of Senate Bill 46, which is co-sponsored by Stamas. The bill would allow the use of corner flashing lights on emergency vehicles as an option instead of rotating or oscillating lights attached to the roof.
March 1st 2017
Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, welcomed the Rev. Mark Allen Havermale (right) of Alpha Baptist Church in Livonia to the Senate on Thursday to lead the invocation before the Senate session.
March 1st 2017
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, plunged into an ice-cold pool in front of the Capitol on Thursday. Jones and other legislators participated in the 2017 Legislative Polar Plunge to help raise money for Special Olympics Michigan, a nonprofit organization offering year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
March 1st 2017
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, plunged into an ice-cold pool in front of the Capitol on Thursday. Jones and other legislators participated in the 2017 Legislative Polar Plunge to help raise money for Special Olympics Michigan, a nonprofit organization offering year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Jones is a member of the Special Olympics Michigan board and participated in his eighth polar plunge. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and members and staff of the Michigan House and Senate also took the plunge.
March 1st 2017
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and colleagues stand in the Senate chamber on Thursday in honor of National Skip the Straw Day, held every year on the fourth Friday in February. A student group at Whitehall Middle School known as the Coral Keepers - along with their advisor, Susan Tate - founded National Skip the Straw Day this year to encourage Americans to "give up the straw habit" and to help spread awareness about the damage caused by disposable plastic straws.
February 23rd 2017
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was named 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) on Friday. MDA President Dr. Larry DeGroat of South Lyon presented the award to Jones in recognition of his efforts to make dental cone beam computer tomography (CT) available to dentists. CT is a new type of X-ray equipment that provides 3-D images of a section of teeth, tissue and nerves in a single scan, reducing radiation exposure and pain for the patient.
February 21st 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Rev. Corey Simon to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Simon serves as pastor at Ida United Methodist Church in Ida and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
February 21st 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed Kaitlyn Colyer to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Kaitlyn, a junior at Coldwater High School, job shadowed Shirkey throughout the day.
February 21st 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed third-grade students from Sharp Park Elementary School in Jackson to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Shirkey emphasized the importance of reading and read aloud to the students from one of his favorite short stories.
February 17th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed the Rev. Timothy Cook to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Father Cook is the presiding priest at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Saginaw and delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session.
February 14th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth joins Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, in welcoming the Rev. Timothy Cook of Saginaw to the Michigan Senate. Cook began the day's session by delivering the Senate invocation.
February 14th 2017
The Michigan Senate gathered together on the Senate floor after session on Tuesday to celebrate Organ Donor Registry Day in a bipartisan effort to raise awareness about registering to become an organ donor. Sen. Morris Hood III, D-Detroit, (center right) and Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, (center left) sponsored Senate Resolution 14 to declare Valentine's Day as Organ Donor Registry Day in the state of Michigan.
February 14th 2017
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, listens as former Michigan State Police Director of Forensic Science, and cousin of Billy Kochis, John Collins, testifies in support of Senate Bill 80 before the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The bill would help empower law enforcement by closing a loophole that prevents them from administering drug tests or from obtaining drug test results on at-fault motorists in traffic accidents that lead to serious injury or death.
February 14th 2017
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, received the Senator of the Year award for 2016 from the Michigan Information & Research Service Inc. (MIRS) on Feb. 14, 2017 in the Michigan Senate. Presenting Nofs with the award was John T. Reurink (left), publisher and co-owner of MIRS, and Kyle Melinn (right), news editor and co-owner of MIRS.
February 14th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed Dr. Melvin Hitchens to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Hitchens, pastor of Community African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jackson, delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session. Also pictured is Hitchens' wife Gina.
February 9th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed Dr. Melvin Hitchens to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Hitchens, pastor of Community African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jackson, delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session. Also pictured is Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (right).
February 9th 2017
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, (left) welcomed Pastor Steve Habusta from the Sault Ste. Marie E-Free Church to the Senate Tuesday morning to offer the invocation.
February 7th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn R-Frankenmuth stands at the podium with members of the MIThrive Coalition and his Senate colleagues during a press conference introducing the newly updated MIThrive initiative in Michigan.
February 7th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Connie Carroll, executive director of the United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties, to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Carroll was visiting Lansing for the Michigan Association of United Ways and Michigan 2-1-1 Legislative Day.
February 7th 2017
State Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (center right) joined Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (seated), Sen. Rebekah Warren (center left), representatives from the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Michigan Association of Health Plans, students and faculty from Western Michigan University, and legislative staff, for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bills 1015 and 1016 on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
February 7th 2017
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, stands for a photo with her guest, Rev. Brian Vos (right) of Trinity United Reformed Church in Caledonia, his wife Deb, and their children after Vos delivered the invocation before Senate session on Wednesday.
February 7th 2017
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomed students and faculty from Bay College, located in Escanaba, to the Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.
February 7th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Lenawee Now Executive Director Jim Van Doren (right) testify before the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee on Zorn's legislation to help spur business investment in Michigan border communities.
February 2nd 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed the Bronson High School 2016 Class C state champion girls volleyball team to the Capitol on Thursday. Joining Shirkey and the team were coaches Jean LaClair, Brooke Pyles, and Sarah Grant.
February 2nd 2017
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (third from right) and Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., D-East Lansing, (11th from right) on Thursday welcomed to Kowall's Capitol office U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran Gary Quinn (ninth from right), Quinn's wife Karen (fifth from right), the Quinns' family and friends, and Michigan National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais (seventh from left) and his wife Leanne (in front of Vadnais).
February 2nd 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed the Rev. Chris Peddie to the state Capitol on Tuesday. Peddie is the senior pastor at Lakeside Family Church in Stevensville and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley joined Proos and Peddie for the invocation.
January 31st 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed the Rev. Chris Peddie and his daughter Alex to the state Capitol on Tuesday. Peddie is the senior pastor at Lakeside Family Church in Stevensville and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
January 31st 2017
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, joined Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker, Rebekah Warren and Margaret O'Brien at the Capitol to show their support for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women initiative. Go Red for Women is a national movement dedicated to increasing awareness about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in women in the U.S.
January 31st 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, (center left) poses on the Senate floor with, from left, Sens. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, and Margaret O'Brien, R- Kalamazoo, after the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 9.
January 31st 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed U.S. Army veteran William T. Bruck to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Bruck is a 24-year veteran of the armed forces and served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He owns Visiting Angels of Monroe, a national provider of in-home care for the elderly, and was at the Capitol as part of a visit by Monroe Community College, where he serves as a trustee.
January 26th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Monroe Community College students, staff and trustees to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday.
January 26th 2017
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, addresses the crowd at the celebration of Michigan's 180 years of statehood.
January 26th 2017
Senate Majority Leader Arlan meekhof, R-West Olive, joins with state leaders and guests in the Capitol rotunda to celebrate Michigan's 180 years of statehood.
January 26th 2017
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomed Pastor Steve Smail (middle) and his wife Sharon to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Smail, pastor of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Plainwell, delivered the invocation at the start of the Senate session.
January 24th 2017
State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, (center) welcomed Pastor Jonathan Heierman of Calvary Lutheran Church in Clarkston to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Heierman gave the invocation before the start of the Senate session.
January 19th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, presented Arthur Hawkins of Riverside with a tribute during session on Wednesday in recognition of his long and distinguished military service, including service in three American wars. Hawkins served in the U.S. Air Force for 34 years and is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Pictured from left: Rev. David Haase; Brigadier General Michael A. Stone, assistant adjutant general - Michigan Army National Guard; Proos, Hawkins; Hawkins' wife Fannie; and members of their family.
January 19th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, honored Arthur Hawkins of Riverside during Senate session on Wednesday in recognition of his distinguished service in three American wars. Hawkins is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Following his 34 years of service, Hawkins was awarded the National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with Four Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
January 19th 2017
Vietnam veterans from the Karl Richter Veterans Resource Center in Holly presented Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (center left) with a Certificate of Appreciation Wednesday in his Senate office for two Vietnam lapel-pinning ceremonies held in Holly last year.
January 18th 2017
Vietnam veterans from the Karl Richter Veterans Resource Center in Holly presented Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (center left) with a Certificate of Appreciation Wednesday in his Senate office for two Vietnam lapel-pinning ceremonies held in Holly last year.
January 18th 2017
State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomed Ben LaCross of Leelanau County to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address. LaCross, the District 9 Director on the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors, was Booher's guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 17th 2017
State Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, stands at the Senate rostrum with Ford Motor Company Environmental, Safety & Regulatory Counsel Emily Frascaroli (left). Frascaroli joined Kowall for Gov. Rick Snyder's seventh State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 17th 2017
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, proudly welcomed Mark Hughes to the Capitol on Tuesday night. Hughes is the owner of Jerry's Barber Shop in Charlotte and accompanied the senator for Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address. Mark is the son of the late Jerry Hughes, who founded the barbershop. Jones started going to Jerry's Barbershop 43 years ago and has continued his patronage ever since.
January 17th 2017
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed Craig Kirkpatrick to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address. Kirkpatrick (left) currently serves as a Tuscola County commissioner and was Green's guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 17th 2017
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, welcomed Scott Bennett to the Michigan Capitol for Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address. Bennett (right) currently serves as the Grand Blanc Township supervisor and was Robertson's guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 17th 2017
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, stands in the Senate chamber with Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson (right). Hilson joined Hansen for Gov. Rick Snyder's seventh State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 17th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, stands in the Senate chamber with Branch County Republican Party Chairman Dennis Armstrong (left) and Hillsdale Hospital Director of Organizational and Business Development Jeremiah "JJ" Hodshire (right). Armstrong and Hodshire joined Shirkey for Gov. Rick Snyder's seventh State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 17th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Braunlich to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday night. Braunlich serves as 38th Circuit Court judge and was Zorn's guest for Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address.
January 17th 2017
State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, stands in the Senate chamber with Scheurer Hospital Director of Marketing and Communications Clark Ramsey (left). Ramsey joined Pavlov for Gov. Rick Snyder's seventh State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 17th 2017
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed several constituents to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address Tuesday night. Pictured from left are Keith Crowell, Senator O'Brien, Pastor Michael Brown, Heather Isch, Dave Campbell, Crystal Grantham, Luke Miller, state Rep. Brandt Iden, and Kalamazoo College President Jorge Gonzalez.
January 17th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, escorted Gov. Rick Snyder into the House chamber on Tuesday night to deliver his 2017 State of the State address.
January 17th 2017
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, pictured left, welcomed his uncle, Marvin Casperson, of Wilson, Mich, to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address Tuesday night. Casperson joined the senator on the floor of the House of Representatives for the speech.
January 17th 2017
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, pictured left, welcomed Carlin Smith, president of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address Tuesday night. Smith joined Schmidt on the floor of the House of Representatives for the speech.
January 17th 2017
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed Shaheen Development President and CEO Dr. Sam Shaheen and Saginaw Future President JoAnn Crary to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address. Shaheen and Crary, both from Saginaw, were Horn's guests for the annual address Tuesday evening. Shaheen and Crary have been heavily involved with Horn through the legislative process of getting developers the necessary tools to revitalize crumbling Brownfield properties. The two noted that Senate Bills 1061-1065 of 2016 had the potential to greatly benefit the Saginaw area, and that they look forward to Horn reintroducing the bills during the new session.
January 17th 2017
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, welcomed Donijo De Jonge to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address. De Jonge (left) is a resident of Kent County and was Schuitmaker's guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 17th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed Kathie Fuce-Hobohm of Midland to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday night. Fuce-Hobohm is president and CEO at SPACE, Inc. in Midland and was Stamas' guest for Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address.
January 17th 2017
State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomes Dr. Mauri Ditzler (left), President of Albion College, and Vince Pavone (right), a member of the Southwest Michigan First board and a Battle Creek business leader, to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address. Dr. Ditzler and Pavone were Nofs' guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 17th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, proudly welcomed Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday night. Behnke was a guest of Proos for Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address. Behnke took office as Cass County sheriff on Jan. 1 after nearly 30 years of service in the department.
January 17th 2017
Sen. Joe Hune (center), R-Hamburg, welcomes Terry Gill (left), Karen Gill (center left), Barb Sullivan (center right), and Tom Sullivan (right) to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address.
January 17th 2017
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, welcomed the Rev. Dr. Louis Prues of Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church of Detroit to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Prues gave the invocation to start the first Senate session of the 99th Legislature.
January 11th 2017
Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, was joined by fellow legislators and officials from the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs as Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 1100 into law.
January 11th 2017
LANSING, Mich. - Legislation championed by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker ensuring that schools offer instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was recently signed into law by Lt. Governor Brian Calley.
January 3rd 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Dr. Stephen Bell (right) joined Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Wednesday as Calley signed bipartisan legislation allowing school districts in the state to stock naloxone, an antidote used to treat an opioid overdose in an emergency situation. Bell is an osteopathic physician with a practice in Newport. He was a member of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, formed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2015 to create a comprehensive statewide action plan to address prescription drug and opioid abuse. Bell is currently a member of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission, created in June 2016 by Snyder to help implement the task force's recommendations. Senate Bills 805 and 806 were sponsored by Zorn and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D- Flint.
December 29th 2016
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Wednesday signed legislation sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township (fifth from right). Senate Bills 564 and 565 prohibit profiteering from the sale of aborted baby parts.
December 29th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, donated toys to the Toys for Tots program at Martin's Super Market in Niles on Friday.
December 20th 2016
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, attended the energy package bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder on Dec. 21, 2016.
December 20th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, joined Gov. Rick Snyder as the governor signed comprehensive energy reform legislation on Wednesday. The plan will put Michigan consumers first and empower the state to determine which fuels are most cost-effective to meet current and future energy needs and goals.
December 20th 2016
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, welcomed Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg (left) to the state Capitol on Thursday. Goldberg is the founder and national director of Kids Kicking Cancer in Southfield and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
December 15th 2016
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was joined by Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth (left), and Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion (right), on Thursday morning to set up a Nativity scene on the east lawn of the Michigan Capitol. Jones encourages the public to come out to see the display. For the next six days, he will make the trip to the Capitol daily to put up the Nativity scene in the morning and then dismantle it each night by 9 p.m., in accordance with Capitol Commission rules.
December 15th 2016
State Sen. Pete MacGregor, R-Rockford, presents outgoing intern Meg Vindischman with a special tribute during Tuesday's Senate session.
December 13th 2016
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (third from right) looks on as Gov. Rick Snyder signs a package of autonomous vehicle bills that will keep Michigan at the cutting edge of automobile technology innovation, growth and design. Kowall has remained at the forefront of legislative efforts pertaining to autonomous vehicles and sponsored two bills in the package, Public Acts 332 and 333.
December 9th 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, thanked Eric Alcott of Midland for his successful completion of a legislative internship in Stamas' Senate office. Alcott is a 2012 graduate of H. H. Dow High School and is currently pursuing a degree in communications from Michigan State University.
December 8th 2016
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, was awarded the Guardian Award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) by Charles Owen (right), the NFIB Michigan State Director . The Guardian Award is the most prestigious honor that the NFIB bestows on legislators.
December 6th 2016
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt was honored as 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Pictured are, from left, Michigan Fraternal Order of Police Treasurer Ken Willis; Vice President Mike Sauger; Schmidt; President Joe Adams; Executive Director Dave Hiller; and Director of Labor Services Dave Willis.
December 6th 2016
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, (second left) joined Gov. Rick Snyder, Brian Swift (far left), Patti Dringoli (far right), and Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, (second right) for a special bill-signing ceremony at the Capitol on Tuesday. Senate Bill 434, now Public Act 243 of 2016, is known as the Barbara J. and Thomas J. Swift law, named after the Escanaba couple who inspired the bill.
December 6th 2016
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, on Tuesday welcomed Boy Scouts from Escanaba's Troop 411 to the state Senate. Eleven Scouts from Troop 411 were in Lansing to tour the Capitol to learn more about state government for advancement. They visited the Senate and House and sat in on a House Natural Resources Committee hearing and state Waterways Commission meeting. Pictured with Casperson are the troop's Senior Patrol Leader Nick LeClaire (left) and Assistance Senior Patrol Leader Brayden Lundquist (center).
December 6th 2016
Pastor Tom Tarpley of Fowlerville United Brethren in Fowlerville delivers the invocation at the Michigan Senate during the Dec. 6, 2016 session.
December 6th 2016
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomes Pastor Tarpley (right) and his wife (middle) to the Michigan Senate to deliver the invocation during the Dec. 6, 2016 session.
December 6th 2016
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, looks on as a student presents her programming project on Wednesday at the Student Technology Showcase at the Capitol.
December 6th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed students from Madison Middle School in Adrian to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. The students participated in the 16th Annual Student Technology Showcase at the Capitol. The event is designed to show legislators and the public how technology is being used in the classroom to enhance learning in Michigan schools. Joining the students were their technology teachers, Jill Brandeberry and Jeanelle Wonders.
December 6th 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, outlined to the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee on Tuesday the need for Michigan to create a transparent and capped incentive program aimed at attracting projects that would provide a significant number of high-wage jobs. Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, (right) is a sponsor of one of the bills in the package and joined Stamas at the hearing.
November 29th 2016
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, speaks on the Senate floor on Thursday, Nov. 10 defending electric choice and lower electric rates for taxpayers.
November 15th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, received a flu shot from Michigan State University medical student Kayla Morrison during MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine's annual Legislative Flu Shot Day at the Capitol.
November 10th 2016
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday Pastor Casey Arnouts (back left) and his wife Tammy (second right) of Grace Assembly of God in Fruitport. Pastor Arnouts gave the invocation before the start of Senate session. Also pictured are the Arnouts' daughters Becca (left) and Katy.
November 10th 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake; Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc; and Sen. Morris Hood, D-Detroit, on Wednesday welcomed to Kowall's Capitol office Vietnam veterans Eugene Burke, a constituent of Robertson's, and Fred Sawyer, a constituent of Hood's. The senators presented a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to the Army veterans.
November 10th 2016
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, sits in a Senate hearing room with some of the winners of the 2016 Be a Senator For a Day summer reading contest. The "junior senators" traveled to Lansing with their parents to participate in a mock swearing-in ceremony and committee hearing and a guided Capitol tour.
October 20th 2016
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, joined Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan Sheriffs' Association CEO and Executive Director Terrence Jungel, and Katie Sherwood, widow of fallen Clare County Deputy Kevin Sherwood, who died 10 years ago while on duty, at a ceremonial bill signing on Tuesday. Schmidt's legislation, now law, provides health care benefits for the surviving spouse and dependents of officers who die in the line of duty.
October 18th 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, chairman of the Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Emergency, outlines the committee's report and recommendations with Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, (left) committee minority vice chairman. The report was released on Wednesday and includes more than 30 policy recommendations.
October 18th 2016
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, (right) stands with his guests on the Senate floor after the Senate invocation was delivered by the Rev. Rod Sanderson-Smith of North Branch, who serves as pastor at Awakened Heart Ministries. Pictured from left to right: Sanderson-Smith, his wife Cheryl, his mother-in-law Veronica, his daughter Emlyn and his father-in-law Harry.
October 18th 2016
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, (left) is presented the 2016 Michigan Sheriffs' Association Legislator of the Year Award by association CEO and Executive Director Terrence Jungel on Sunday, Oct. 16.
October 17th 2016
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, stands with Roman Plaszczak, Paw Paw Village Council President, and Eric Marshall, Paw Paw Chief of Police after Gov. Rick Snyder signed SB's 92-94 into law.
October 4th 2016
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, stands for a photo with representatives from the law enforcement community, fellow legislators and staff after Gov. Rick Snyder signed SB's 92-94 into law.
October 4th 2016
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (rostrum, far left) on Thursday presented certificates of appreciation and gave a tour of the Senate floor to Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Gold Ribbon Urban and Rural Youth Scholarship winners.
September 23rd 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, presents a Certificate of Achievement to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) during its 2016 Summit on Ending Homelessness in Kalamazoo on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.
September 22nd 2016
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, (second, left) and Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, (second, right) pose for a photo with I-500 race Chairman Ric Federau (right) and Dave Thomas, from mBank in Sault Ste. Marie (left), during a ceremony at the state Capitol celebrating the groundbreaking of a new, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose building project at the Sault Ste. Marie race site. Schmidt was presented with a shovel used during the August ground breaking.
September 22nd 2016
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (rostrum, far left) on Thursday presented certificates of appreciation and gave a tour of the Senate floor to Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Gold Ribbon Urban and Rural Youth Scholarship winners.
September 22nd 2016
Senator Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomes Pastor Joshua LaFeve of Immanuel Lutheran Leland in Leland, Michigan to the Michigan Senate to deliver the invocation at the start of September 20, 2016 session.
September 20th 2016
Senator Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomes Pastor Joshua LaFeve of Immanuel Lutheran Leland in Leland, Michigan to the Michigan Senate to deliver the invocation at the start of September 20, 2016 session.
September 20th 2016
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, awards U.S. Army veteran Jim Schimmel of Shepherd with a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin at the Michigan Capitol in recognition of his service during the Vietnam War era. Joining in the ceremony are Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, and Schimmel's wife Fran (not pictured). Schimmel enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963. He completed basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and cook and bakers' school at Fort Lee, Virginia. Schimmel was then deployed to Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon, Vietnam in 1964. While in Vietnam, he was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
September 20th 2016
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, (left) and Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (right) welcome U.S. Army veteran Jim Schimmel of Shepherd and his wife Fran to the Michigan Capitol. The senators awarded Schimmel with a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin on Tuesday in recognition of his service during the Vietnam War era. Schimmel enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963. He completed basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and cook and bakers' school at Fort Lee, Virginia. Schimmel was then deployed to Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon, Vietnam in 1964. While in Vietnam, he was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
September 20th 2016
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on legislation that strengthens penalties on motorists who injure or kill bicyclists.
September 20th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands in the back of a semi loaded with freshly harvested wheat as it is delivered to Star of the West Milling in Frankenmuth.
September 20th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands with mill worker Tom Reinbild, and compares different types of flour as they are sifted and continue through the milling process.
September 20th 2016
A load of freshly harvested wheat is dumped into the floor grate where it begins its journey through the mill, where it will eventually end up as consumer-grade flour.
September 20th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, listens to officials from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan United Conservation Club discuss legislation to establish standards for commercial hunting and fishing guides in the state.
September 20th 2016
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, receives a 2016 Michigan Manufacturers Association Legislator of the Year award from MMA President and CEO Chuck Hadden on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
September 19th 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, received the 2016 Legislator of the Year from the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) in Lansing on Tuesday. MMA President and CEO Chuck Hadden (left) presented Stamas with the award in recognition of Stamas' leadership and support of Michigan manufacturers throughout the state.
September 14th 2016
State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, receives a 2016 Michigan Manufacturers Association Legislator of the Year award from MMA President and CEO Chuck Hadden on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.
September 14th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands with MMA President and CEO Chuck Hadden after receiving MMA's 2016 Legislator of the Year Award at their legislative reception Tuesday evening.
September 14th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Gov. Rick Snyder (left) toured the future location of the 300-acre American Center for Mobility at the abandoned Willow Run manufacturing site. Creation of the center is part of legislation, co-sponsored by Proos and passed by the Senate, to promote autonomous vehicle research and development in Michigan.
September 14th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, talks with Gov. Rick Snyder during a tour of the future location of the 300-acre American Center for Mobility at the abandoned Willow Run manufacturing site. Creation of the center is part of legislation, co-sponsored by Proos and passed by the Senate, to promote autonomous vehicle research and development in Michigan.
September 14th 2016
In celebration of Constitution Day this Saturday, Sept. 17, state Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, is highlighting the First Amendment.
September 13th 2016
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, and officials from the American Red Cross in Michigan on Wednesday attended a ceremonial bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder on Jones' legislation to allow residents to make voluntary donations on their state tax returns in support of the American Red Cross. Joining Jones for the bill signing were Kimberly Burton, CEO - American Red Cross Michigan Region; John H. Cauley, Jr., CEO - Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross; Tiana Gee, CEO - American Red Cross Southwest Michigan; Bill Lukens, American Red Cross State and Community Relations representative; Tony Lasher, CEO - East Central Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross; Mike Mitchell, CEO - American Red Cross of West Michigan; and Jess Averill-Hammond, legislative director for Sen. Jones.
September 9th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Rev. Nate Elarton to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Elarton serves as lead pastor at Compelled Church in Temperance and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
September 6th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn poses for a photo with Police Officers Association of Michigan President Jim Tignanelli (right) and Legislative Director Ken Grabowski (left) as they presented Horn with the association's Legislator of the Year Award at their August board meeting.
August 25th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, led a joint subcommittee meeting on Wednesday to highlight the Secure Cities program and additional criminal justice efforts the state is taking to reduce crime and keep Michigan residents safe. Michigan Department of Corrections officials spoke about the department's efforts to reduce recidivism and prepare prisoners to return to society.
August 24th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, asks about what additional steps the state could be taking to further reduce violent crime in Michigan. Proos and Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, led a joint subcommittee meeting on Wednesday to highlight the Secure Cities program and additional criminal justice efforts the state is taking to keep Michigan residents safe.
August 24th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, meets a young farmer at the Cass County Fair in Cassopolis on Aug. 1. Proos stopped by the fair to talk with Southwest Michigan families and meet the next generation of farmers. The fair is a 165-year-old summer tradition, where area kids can show off their hard work on projects and raising animals.
August 11th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, listens as Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Heidi Washington (left) about the state being selected to lead the nation in a federal pilot program allowing prisoners in select facilities to take courses through three Michigan community colleges. Washington outlined how the state is structuring the pilot program, which will allow inmates to pursue a two- or four-year degree.
August 4th 2016
Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stops at the wreath inside the entrance to Bronner's, which is one of the store's most popular photo attractions.
July 22nd 2016
Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, poses for a photo with President Wayne Bronner and Vice President Carla Spletzer, both are children of founder Wally Bronner.
July 22nd 2016
Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, compares his artwork with that of Bronner's professional painters.
July 22nd 2016
Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, places a recently processed and packaged item on the conveyor belt where it will head out for shipment.
July 22nd 2016
State Sens. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (center left) and Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (center right) listen as Dan Leonard, of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, discusses the Alpena facade update during the second of a two-day legislative tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route from Standish to Mackinaw City.
July 15th 2016
State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (right), Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R- Oxford, (second right), and Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (center) tour the MidMichigan Medical Center in Alpena during the second of a two-day legislative tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route from Standish to Mackinaw City.
July 15th 2016
Participants of Sen. Jim Stamas's 2016 legislative tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route stop for a picture at Alpena's Island Park, a 17 acre island owned by the city and developed and maintained by the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board.
July 15th 2016
State Sens. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (right) and Margaret O'Brien, R- Portage, talk with state Department of Natural Resources Director Bill Moritz (center) during a tour of the historic 40 Mile Point Lighthouse. The visit was part of Stamas's tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route from Standish to Mackinaw City.
July 15th 2016
State Sens. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (left) and Margaret O'Brien, R- Portage, met with Phil Pressell, a service officer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Veterans Services, at his office in Rogers City. The visit was part of Stamas's tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route from Standish to Mackinaw City.
July 15th 2016
State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (right) and Rep. Peter Pettalia, R- Presque Isle, spoke at the Good Morning Alpena Breakfast, hosted by the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce. The event kicked off the second day of Stamas' U.S. 23 heritage route tour.
July 15th 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and colleagues pose for a photo after a briefing from MDOT officials on the Little Black River Bridge upgrade project. The visit was part of Stamas? U.S. 23 Heritage Route tour. Pictured from left are: Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage; Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; Stamas; Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City; MDOT representative Douglas Wilson; Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, and MDOT Regional Engineer Scott Thayer.
July 15th 2016
Doug Hoover with the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum in Mackinaw City gives a tour of the retired ship to Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, on July 15. The visit to the icebreaker was the final stop of Stamas' two-day U.S. 23 Heritage Route tour. Pictured from left are: Travel Michigan Vice President Dave Lorenz; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon; Stamas; Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City; and Hoover.
July 15th 2016
State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (right) talks with Perry Pelton, of Standish, at Wheeler's Restaurant, which Pelton owns, during the first of a two-day legislative tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route from Standish to Mackinaw City.
July 14th 2016
State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (right) poses for a picture outside of Wheeler's Restaurant, in Standish, with owners Perry and Rose Pelton during the first of a two-day legislative tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route from Standish to Mackinaw City.
July 14th 2016
State Sens. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (right) and Margaret O'Brien, R- Portage, (left) talk with state Department of Environmental Quality Director Keith Creagh at Wheeler's Restaurant in Standish during the first of a two-day legislative tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route from Standish to Mackinaw City.
July 14th 2016
State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (left) listens as Wheeler's Restaurant owners Perry and Rose Pelton (center) talk with state Department of Environmental Quality Director Keith Creagh during the first of a two-day legislative tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route from Standish to Mackinaw City.
July 14th 2016
Mark "Whitey" Hintz (foreground left) talks during a tour of the Anderson Grain Elevator, in Standish, as Sen. Jim Stamas, R- Midland, (foreground right) and others listen. The tour is part of a two-day legislative tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route from Standish to Mackinaw City.
July 14th 2016
State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, poses for a photo near the Anderson Grain Elevator, in Standish, after a tour of the facility during a two-day legislative tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route from Standish to Mackinaw City. Pictured are, from right, Stamas, state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams; Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage; and representatives from Anderson Grain Elevator.
July 14th 2016
Sens. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, along with participants of the legislative U.S. 23 heritage route tour see improvements to the Blue Water Trail stop at Point Au Gres State Park.
July 14th 2016
State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (right) and state Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon (second from right) talk with Arenac County Commissioners Bob Luce (center) and Bobby Burke (left) during a stop along the legislative U.S. 23 heritage route tour.
July 14th 2016
State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (left) stands with Felske's Farm Market owner Heather Heckman and State Rep. Peter Pettalia at the East Tawas store during a stop of the legislative U.S. 23 heritage route tour.
July 14th 2016
State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (right) stands with, from right, Felske's Farm Market owner Heather Heckman, state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams, and Travel Michigan Vice President Dave Lorenz at the East Tawas store during a stop of the legislative U.S. 23 heritage route tour.
July 14th 2016
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, met with area educators and authors, Shannon Cooper-Toma (left) and Tracy Foster (right) on Wednesday. The pair are a part of the Corunna Public School District and coauthored Benson's Adventures in Michigan, a children's book featuring Michigan landmarks and vacation destinations. Jones supports the effort to educate children about travel opportunities in Michigan, as well as the rest of the country and abroad.
July 13th 2016
A cargo ship passes through the Poe Lock in Ste. Sault Marie, the only one of the four Soo Locks large enough to accommodate the modern vessels that commonly traverse the Great Lakes.
July 12th 2016
A cargo ship passes through the Poe Lock in Ste. Sault Marie, the only one of the four Soo Locks large enough to accommodate the modern vessels that commonly traverse the Great Lakes.
July 12th 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, joined the family of U.S. Navy Corpsman Aaron Ullom at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate the bridge on US-10 over Eastman Avenue in Midland as the Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge. Pictured from left: Stamas, Glenn, Ullom's mother Debi Ullom and Ullom's father Kevin Ullom.
July 11th 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, joined U.S. Navy Corpsman Aaron Ullom's friends, family, military comrades and area supporters in the release of balloons following a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate the bridge on US-10 over Eastman Avenue in Midland as the Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge.
July 11th 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake (second from right) and Walmart of Commerce Township presented $1,000 worth of school supplies donated by Walmart to two South Lyon charitable organizations on Wednesday.
June 29th 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, helps unload boxes of school supplies at Active Faith Community Services in South Lyon on Wednesday. Kowall and Walmart of Commerce Township presented $500 worth of supplies each to Active Faith Community Services and The South Lyon Area Youth Assistance.
June 29th 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, was with Gov. Rick Snyder in Commerce Township on Monday as the governor signed the School Aid budget into law. Pictured, from left: Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake; Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Township; Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy; Snyder; Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township; Kowall; Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton; and Rep. Jim Tedder, R-Clarkston.
June 27th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, and Dorothy Zehnder carefully portion chicken for the world-famous chicken dinners at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.
June 22nd 2016
Under the watchful supervision of hospitality expert Dorothy Zehnder, state Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, balances a tray of chicken as he makes his way from the kitchen to the dining room.
June 22nd 2016
After serving the lunch crowd at the Bavarian Inn, State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, meets with customers to discuss his tour as they enjoy their meals.
June 22nd 2016
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake (yellow shirt) and Rep. Earl Poleski (pink shirt) joined local cub scouts from Cub Scout Pack 440 and Chairman and Bear Den Leader Crystal Jones to thank them for their part in bringing awareness to Pollinator Week in Michigan, which lasts June 20 - 26.
June 22nd 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (right) in the Senate chamber with retired U.S. Army soldier and Vietnam veteran Gordon King (second from right), King's wife Amy (in front of King), the Kings' son Jimmy (left) and Jimmy's wife Danielle (second from left). Kowall presented a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to King on Tuesday. Also pictured are the Kings' grandchildren: Archer, Kyle, and Savannah Davis; Kylee and Shane King; and Ben, Brady, and Charlie Raymond.
June 16th 2016
Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, and fellow members of the Flint-area delegation state Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, (far left) and state Rep. Phil Phelps, D-Flushing, (far right) stand at the Senate rostrum with members of the Flint Scottish Pipe Band during last Thursday's session as they receive a tribute signed by the three lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder.
June 14th 2016
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, kicked off her Human Trafficking Awareness Outreach Event at the Capitol on Monday. Richard A. Sands (center) was one of many advocates to join Emmons to help to raise awareness about trafficking and support survivors. Sands' granddaughter was a victim of trafficking, and he is board chairman of the Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition.
June 14th 2016
Michigan State Police Sgt. Kim Vetter (right) participates in a group discussion about how to improve the state's efforts in combatting human trafficking and supporting its survivors. The panels were hosted by Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, as part of her Human Trafficking Awareness Outreach Event at the Capitol.
June 14th 2016
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, on Thursday honored Peterson Farms of Oceana County and McDonald's USA for serving more than two billion sliced apple packages across the country. Pictured with Hansen are, from left: Sarah Schlukebir, vice president of sales and marketing for Peterson Farms; Earl Peterson, owner and CEO of Peterson Farms; Lori Schulz; and Matthew Schulz, Lori's husband and franchise owner of McDonald's restaurants in Hart and Ludington.
June 9th 2016
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, (center right) welcomed Debbie Rasmussen of Sheridan (center left) and members of the Blue Star Mothers chapter in Montcalm County to the state Capitol on May 26 for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers.
June 2nd 2016
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, (left) and (from left) Douglas McIntyre of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6965 in Ubly, Philip Mauer of the Thumb Veterans Organization Post 1 in Ubly, and Marvin Emming of the VFW Parisville Post 5740 in Ubly paid tribute at the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service to those from Michigan who have given their lives defending our country.
May 27th 2016
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, welcomed World War II veteran Gene Paulino of Mecosta County to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Paulino was joined by his wife Marion and one of his seven daughters.
May 27th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands for a photo on the Senate floor with his guests for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service on Thursday. Pictured from left to right: Cathy Harris, Vickie Stuart, Sen. Horn, Robert Joseph Boquette, Shirley Louchart and Phyllis Hoseit.
May 26th 2016
Self-portrait signed by Civil War Veteran Alvah Nichols.
May 26th 2016
Portrait of Civil War Soldier Alvah Nichols.
May 26th 2016
State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, welcomed Michigan Air National Guard Director of Staff Col. Vernetta Hughes to the state Capitol for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honors Michigan's military members who died over the past year.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and his father, Don Hansen, paid tribute in the Senate Thursday to those who gave their lives defending our country. Don Hansen was the lawmaker's guest for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the annual ceremony honors the servicemen and women who fought with bravery to defend our nation's freedom.
May 26th 2016
State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomes Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse L. Sharpe to the Michigan Capitol for the 2016 Memorial Day Service at the Michigan Senate.
May 26th 2016
State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomes Louis VanCuyl, a World War II veteran from Howell, to the Michigan Senate for the 2016 Memorial Day Service.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, and Jonesville Mayor Robert Snow paid tribute in the Senate Thursday to those who gave their lives defending our country. Snow was Shirkey's guest for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the ceremony honors the servicemen who fought with bravery to defend our nation's freedom.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed U.S. Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Matt Rassette of Midland to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Rassette served in the Marines from 1984-1992 and was Stamas' honored guest on the Senate floor for the ceremony.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Matt Rassette of Midland to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Vadnais is the adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. Rassette served in the Marines from 1984-1992 and was Stamas' honored guest on the Senate floor for the ceremony.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed the family of Air Force Master Sgt. Gregory Kuhse, who was killed Oct. 12, 2015 in Kabul, Afghanistan, to the Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day service. Kuhse was a Kalamazoo native and assigned to the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed Pastor Dave Beetham, of the Kalamazoo Covenant Church, to the Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day service. Beetham delivered the invocation before the service.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Vietnam veteran Michael Davison of LaSalle and his wife Gwen to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, proudly welcomed Chief Master Sgt. Alan VanPate to the state Capitol on Thursday as his honored guest for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the state's fallen soldiers. VanPate was recently appointed as the senior enlisted advisor for the Michigan National Guard and is the first member of the Michigan Air Guard selected for that position. VanPate deployed in 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he coordinated more than 200 air missions in support of combat operations. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed Major General Clark W. LeMasters, Jr. as his guest for the Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service. LeMasters is the commanding general of the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
May 26th 2016
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, and retired United States Army Major Oakman Hurd paid tribute in the Senate Thursday to those who gave their lives defending our country. Hurd was Kowall's guest for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the annual ceremony honors the servicemen and women who fought with bravery to defend our nation's freedom.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, speaks at the 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service at the Michigan Senate on May 26, 2016.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomes Ronald Campbell to the Michigan Senate for the 2016 Memorial Day Service. Campbell served in the Navy from 1957-1964 and is Vietnam veteran. He is formally of Evart, Michigan.
May 26th 2016
The 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service took place at the Michigan Senate on May 26, 2016.
May 26th 2016
The 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service took place at the Michigan Senate on May 26, 2016.
May 26th 2016
The 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service took place at the Michigan Senate on May 26, 2016.
May 26th 2016
The 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service took place at the Michigan Senate on May 26, 2016.
May 26th 2016
The 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service took place at the Michigan Senate on May 26, 2016.
May 26th 2016
The 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service took place at the Michigan Senate on May 26, 2016.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and her guests, Rev. Paul Davis (left center) of Calvary Baptist Church in Holland and his daughter Racheal (right center) were joined by state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, (center) and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, (right) after Davis delivered the invocation before Senate session on Wednesday.
May 25th 2016
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed 2015 Asparagus Queen Courtney Kokx and National Asparagus Queen Coordinator Christine Rickard to the Capitol on Wednesday. Kokx promoted the asparagus industry of Oceana County and provided each senator with a gift of locally grown asparagus. The National Asparagus Festival hosts an annual pageant in Hart, where the only asparagus queen in the nation is crowned. The visit was one of Kokx's final appearances of her reign as queen.
May 25th 2016
State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, (center-left) and Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, (center-right) presented the 2016 MHSAA Division 1 State Champion Rockford/Sparta High School Gymnastics Team with a special tribute during Senate session on Tuesday, May 25, 2016.
May 25th 2016
State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, presents Ken Nobis (right), with a Senate Resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) on May 23.
May 25th 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Tuesday honored 2016 Frank Fitzgerald Public Service Award winners (from left) Nathan Kissling, Joseph Brennan and Jason Nichol.
May 24th 2016
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed, from left, State Police Troopers Matthew Williams and Sgt. Timothy Fitzgerald, Michigan Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Karole White, and Government Relations Manager Elena Palombo, to the Senate on Thursday, May 19.
May 19th 2016
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed, from left, State Police Troopers Matthew Williams and Sgt. Timothy Fitzgerald, Michigan Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Karole White, and Government Relations Manager Elena Palombo, to the Senate on Thursday, May 19.
May 19th 2016
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, welcomed the Rev. Joshua Kennedy to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Kennedy serves as the young adult and creative arts pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Flint and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
May 18th 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (second from right) and Delta Dental of Michigan presented a $500 grant to Novi Woods Elementary School in honor of March is Reading Month.
May 17th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed the Rev. Tim Brondyke to the state Capitol on Tuesday. Brondyke is the senior pastor at Fish Lake Bible Church in Sturgis and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Proos' Constituent Service Director Trenton Miller of Centreville also welcomed Brondyke, who is the pastor at his church.
May 17th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (right) welcomed the Rev. Tim Brondyke to the state Capitol on Tuesday. Brondyke is the senior pastor at Fish Lake Bible Church in Sturgis and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
May 17th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, presented a special tribute on May 10 to George Bundy of Adrian in recognition of Bundy's successful completion of his legislative internship in Zorn's Senate office. Bundy attends the Jackson College/Lenawee County ISD Academy, a middle college program that allows Lenawee County students to graduate from high school with a diploma and up to 60 college credits. The tribute was signed by Zorn; Gov. Rick Snyder; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; and Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton.
May 16th 2016
State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, welcomed Deacon John Fitzmaurice to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Fitzmaurice, of St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Clair, delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session. Also pictured is Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (right).
May 12th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Wednesday honored the Dundee High School Vikings varsity wrestling team for their undefeated season and Division 3 state championship. Zorn presented Coach Tim Roberts (center) and the team with a special tribute recognizing the team and their accomplishments.
May 12th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Milan Youth City Council and their advisor, Milan City Council Member Ann Gee, to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. The group joined Zorn on the Senate floor before session.
May 9th 2016
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township,today welcomed Pastor Drew Sweetman from Spring Lake Christian Reformed Church and his family Becki, Leah, Abby, Justina, Josh and Samantha Sweetman. Pastor Sweetman gave invocation this morning.
May 5th 2016
State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, (left) prays as Pastor Patrick Rouse of Mt. Zion Church in Clarkston gives the invocation before the start of the Senate session on Wednesday. Also pictured are Rouse's daughter Isabel and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
May 4th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, (center) was joined by fellow bill sponsors to announce a bipartisan legislative package to reform, re-establish and rebuild a criminal justice system focused on lowering recidivism and keeping Michigan safe. Joining Proos for the unveiling were (from left to right): Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida; Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton; Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge; and Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart.
May 3rd 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, (left) joins Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and fellow bill sponsors to announce a bipartisan legislative package to reform, re-establish and rebuild a criminal justice system focused on lowering recidivism and keeping Michigan safe. Pictured from left are: Zorn; Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton; Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph; Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge; and Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart.
May 3rd 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, received the 2016 Senator of the Year Award from the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association (MLTA) on April 18. Incoming MLTA President and CEO Diana Richeson (left) and retiring MLTA President and CEO Steve Yencich (right) presented the award to Stamas during the 2016 Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism in recognition of his support of Pure Michigan and tourism throughout the state.
May 2nd 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed students from Lenawee Christian School in Adrian to the Michigan Capitol on April 28. Before touring the Capitol, the fourth-graders and their teacher, Jamie Johnson, joined Zorn on the Senate floor before session.
May 2nd 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, welcomed the Rev. Lori Wagner of the Faith Apostolic Church of Troy to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Wagner gave the invocation before the start of the Senate session.
April 28th 2016
Surrounded by family, Braden Gandee completes a six-day, 111-mile trek from Temperance to the Capitol in an effort to raise awareness of cerebral palsy. Braden was carried by his 16-year-old brother Hunter on the walk for all but the last half mile. The brothers were greeted at the Capitol steps by Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; and other supporters.
April 27th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn stops for a photo with constituents from Frankenmuth Dennis and Roxann Leidel and Gerry and Mary Hecht during their visit to the state Capitol. The Leidel's purchased a 'Capitol Day' package at the Immanuel Lutheran Church auction and the Hecht's joined them as guests for an inside look at the life of a state legislator.
April 27th 2016
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, joined by First Lady Sue Snyder, fellow legislators, and advocates, discusses sexual assault in Michigan.
April 27th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley welcomed the Gandee family on the steps of the Michigan Capitol on Monday. Hunter and Braden Gandee completed a six-day, 111-mile walk from Temperance to the Capitol in an effort to raise awareness of cerebral palsy.
April 26th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, and Lt. Aileen Pettinger (right) round up the gear Horn would be needing for the day's training.
April 25th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, and Engineer Bob Weaver make their way to the top of the training tower in the department's ladder truck.
April 25th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stops for a photo with members of Saginaw Fire Department after training exercises with the Jaws of Life.
April 25th 2016
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, is joined by representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Waste and Recycling Association, and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, as his bill, Senate Bill 507, is signed into law.
April 22nd 2016
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with Gov. Rick Snyder during a bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 507 on Tuesday.
April 22nd 2016
Photo Caption: State Sen. Ken Horn poses for a photo with Marcum's sister Kaylee, her husband Dave and their two children Grace and Carter Pierle as Snyder signs Senate Bill 51 into law as Public Act 39 of 2016
April 21st 2016
State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek (center right) welcomed the Marshall High School girls basketball team to the Michigan Senate during the April 21, 2016 session.
April 21st 2016
State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, presents a Special Tribute to the Marshall High School girls basketball team during the April 21, 2016 session.
April 21st 2016
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, proudly welcomed Pastor Kevin Berry (right) to the Michigan Senate on Thursday. Berry serves as pastor at Mount Hope Church in Delta Township and delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session.
April 21st 2016
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed two Mears residents to the Capitol on Wednesday: Jake Whelpley, a former Golden Township zoning administrator (left), and Mike Cook, a member of the Golden Township Planning Commission and retired Air Force veteran. Cook and Whelpley each won a certificate to spend a "Day at the Capitol" with Hansen.
April 21st 2016
State Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, welcome members of the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors Leadership Academy to the Senate floor during their trip to the state Capitol.
April 20th 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy to the Senate during its annual Day at the Capitol. O'Brien and colleague, Senator Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, honored the 119 cadets, cadre staff and Academy Director LTC Jefferey R. Connell with a special tribute during Wednesday's special presentation.
April 20th 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, is pictured with cadets from the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy on the Michigan Capitol steps during the academy's annual Day at the Capitol. O'Brien and colleague, Senator Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, honored the 119 cadets, cadre staff and Academy Director LTC Jefferey R. Connell with a special tribute during Senate session Wednesday.
April 20th 2016
State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek (left) welcomed cadets from the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy to the Michigan Senate during the April 20, 2016 session.
April 20th 2016
State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, and Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed cadets from the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy to the Michigan Capitol on April 20, 2016.
April 20th 2016
Members of the Vietnam Era Veteran Planning Committee at Cass Park in Detroit. From left: Steve Genther, Masonic Temple manager; Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake; Bob McDonald, Foundation for American Veterans; Dick Chatman, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 9; Tyrone Chatman, Veterans Foundation of Michigan; Paul Palazzolo, VVA Chapter 9; Phil Smith, Marine Corps League (kneeling); Mike Sand, VVA Chapter 9; Lynn O'Brien, district director, Office of Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall; Ed Tuggle, VVA Chapter 9; Detroit VA Healthcare System Volunteer and Community Relations Chief William R. Browning; Don Gore, GM Veterans Affinity Group; Ray Williams, Veterans Foundation of Michigan. Not pictured: George Adams, VVA Chapter 9.
April 20th 2016
State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, welcomes Pastor Christopher Thoma (center) to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday to deliver the invocation before the start of the Senate session. Thoma is the pastor at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland.
April 19th 2016
State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, welcomes Pastor Christopher Thoma (center) and family to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday to deliver the invocation before the start of the Senate session. Thoma is the pastor at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland.
April 19th 2016
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, speaks to advocates and family members during the annual Michigan Crime Victims Vigil Wednesday evening.
April 14th 2016
Luminaries on the Capitol floor at the Michigan Crime Victims Vigil on Wednesday display the names of those who have been lost to senseless crime.
April 14th 2016
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed the Rev. Douglas Jackson and his wife Kathy to the state Capitol on Thursday. Jackson serves as pastor at Community Baptist Church in Saginaw and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
April 14th 2016
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, (right) attended a ceremonial signing Wednesday of Senate Bill 539 (Public Act 9 of 2016), his measure enabling the Michigan Department of Treasury to designate Newaygo County as one of ten Promise Zones in the state. Pictured with Hansen and Gov. Rick Snyder are Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, and elementary, middle and high school students from Newaygo County.
April 14th 2016
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, Governor Rick Snyder, and representatives from AARP Michigan and the Michigan Hospital Association at the CARE Act bill signing Wednesday, April 13. The new law supports in-home caregivers when providing assistance for loved ones after they leave the hospital.
April 13th 2016
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, and Governor Rick Snyder at the CARE Act bill signing Wednesday, April 13. The new law supports in-home caregivers when providing assistance for loved ones after they leave the hospital.
April 13th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, wrapped up a celebration of "March is Reading Month" by reading to Norton Elementary School students in Three Rivers on March 30.
April 8th 2016
Flushing Middle School student Maddie Kranz interviews State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, in the middle school broadcast room as Kennedy Hobson films the discussion.
April 6th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, reads Dr. Seuss' "A Wocket in my Pocket" to Mrs. Lacy's second grade class during his visit to Central Elementary.
April 6th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, discusses the responsibilities and duties of being in the Legislature with Mrs. Brecht's fourth grade class at Central Elementary.
April 6th 2016
Flint resident LeeAnne Walters testifies before the Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency. The committee met to discuss the Flint water health emergency with local officials and members of the public at the University of Michigan - Flint on Tuesday, March 29.
March 29th 2016
Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency Chairman Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, confers with a colleague during a hearing on the Flint water health emergency with local officials and members of the public at the University of Michigan - Flint on Tuesday, March 29.
March 29th 2016
The Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency meets to discuss the Flint water health emergency with local officials and members of the public at the University of Michigan - Flint on Tuesday, March 29.
March 29th 2016
The Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency meets to discuss the Flint water health emergency with local officials and members of the public at the University of Michigan - Flint on Tuesday, March 29.
March 29th 2016
Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency Chairman Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (right), and committee members, Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, (center) and Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, (left) listen to testimony during a hearing on the Flint water emergency at the University of Michigan - Flint on Tuesday, March 29.
March 29th 2016
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha testifies before the Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency during a hearing on the Flint water emergency at the University of Michigan - Flint on Tuesday, March 29.
March 29th 2016
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, met with Alma officials during the Michigan Municipal League (MML) Legislative Breakfast in Lansing on Wednesday. Pictured from left: Alma City Manager Phillip Moore, Alma Mayor Mel Nyman, Emmons, Alma City Commissioner Roxann Harrington and Alma Vice-Mayor Greg Mapes.
March 24th 2016
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed the Rev. Jennifer Holmes Curran and Curran's husband, the Rev. Tony Holmes Curran (left), to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. The Holmes Currans are co-pastors of New Hope Community Church in Shelby. Jennifer gave the invocation before the start of Senate session.
March 22nd 2016
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, speaks to reporters on the Senate floor after the Senate passed Senate Bills 710, 711, and 819 - 822, measures that would reform Detroit's public schools. Hansen is the lead sponsor of the legislative package designed to provide a fresh start for the more than 47,000 Detroit public schoolchildren who are part of a district that is among the worst in the nation.
March 22nd 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, Roxanne Affholter of Michigan Crisis Response Association (right) and Midland Fire Department Chief Chris Coughlin (center) joined Gov. Rick Snyder (seated) at the Capitol on Tuesday for a signing ceremony of the senator's legislation to support Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams in Michigan. Senate Bill 444, now Public Act 40 of 2016, defines CISM and its key components and outlines confidentiality provisions.
March 22nd 2016
The Rev. Ross Shannon of First Baptist Church in Lapeer and his wife Suemi (both far left) were joined by state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville (far right), Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive (left-center), and Green's son Peter and daughter-in-law Katie, after Shannon delivered the invocation before Senate session on Wednesday.
March 18th 2016
Community Foundation of St. Clair County President and CEO Randy Maiers (left), Huron County Community Foundation Executive Director Mackenzie Price and Sen. Phil Pavlov testify in the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee in support of Senate Resolution 146, Pavlov's measure to help attract professional talent and promote economic development throughout the state. The committee unanimously approved the resolution.
March 17th 2016
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, presented a special tribute to the Sacred Heart Academy Girls Cross Country Team for winning the 2015 Division 4 Team state championship. Emmons presented the tribute to Head Coach Mark Zitzelsberger (center left) during Senate session on Wednesday. The tribute is signed by Emmons, Gov. Rick Snyder and Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant.
March 16th 2016
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed the 2015-2016 National Cherry Queen Danielle Bott to the Senate on Wednesday. Bott, of Kingsley, crowned last summer during the National Cherry Festival, was in Lansing for the 12th Annual Ag Day at the Capitol. Pictured are, from left, Schmidt, Bott, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
March 16th 2016
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed the 2015-2016 National Cherry Queen Danielle Bott to the Senate on Wednesday. Bott, of Kingsley, was crowned last summer during the National Cherry Festival, was in Lansing for the 12th Annual Ag Day at the Capitol. Pictured are, from left, Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart; Schmidt; Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart; Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; and Bott.
March 16th 2016
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed the 2015-2016 National Cherry Queen Danielle Bott to the Senate on Wednesday. Bott, of Kingsley, crowned last summer during the National Cherry Festival, was in Lansing for the 12th Annual Ag Day at the Capitol.
March 16th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Monroe County Community College (MCCC) President Dr. Kojo Quartey (right) and Phi Theta Kappa honor society members Kayla Hawley (left) and Megan Castiglione (center right), both from Monroe, to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Hawley and Castiglione both attend MCCC and were in Lansing with the Phi Theta Kappa All-Michigan Academic Team. The students were honored with legislative tributes signed by Zorn and the governor.
March 16th 2016
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, welcomed Pastor Rick Lippert to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Lippert serves as minister at Barryton Church of Christ in Barryton and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
March 15th 2016
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, listened as Pastor Rick Lippert delivered the invocation before Senate session on Tuesday. Lippert serves as minister at Barryton Church of Christ in Barryton and was invited by Emmons to give the Senate invocation.
March 15th 2016
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, speaks about the value of reading to Jennifer Longardner's 6th-grade class at Quincy Middle School. Shirkey spoke to the class in honor of March is Reading Month at the request of one of the students.
March 15th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed students from Sturgis and Centreville to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. The students were attending the 88th Michigan FFA State Convention at Michigan State University.
March 14th 2016
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, on Thursday welcomed to the Capitol students from Bad Axe, Sanilac, and North Huron attending the 88th Michigan FFA State Convention at Michigan State University. Pictured, from left: Riley Good, Brianna Hunsinger, Pavlov, Nicole Patterson, Charlie Hass, Faith Yageman, Ryan Rich, Katelyn Jaworski, and Haley Talaski.
March 10th 2016
Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, welcomed Pastor Ellis Smith of Jubilee City Church in Detroit to the Michigan Senate to deliver the invocation at the start of the March 10, 2016 session.
March 10th 2016
Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, welcomed Pastor Ellis Smith of Jubilee City Church in Detroit to the Michigan Senate to deliver the invocation at the start of the March 10, 2016 session.
March 10th 2016
Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, is celebrating "March is Reading Month" by visiting first-graders throughout the district. Here he reads to students in Farmington Hills.
March 10th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Roger Curtis is a resident of Onsted and visited the Capitol after meeting with the Michigan Auto Racing Caucus.
March 10th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, introduced Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis to the Michigan Senate during session on Thursday. Roger Curtis is a resident of Onsted and visited the Capitol after meeting with the Michigan Auto Racing Caucus.
March 10th 2016
Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, is celebrating "March is Reading Month" by visiting first-graders throughout the district. Here he reads to Mrs. Smith's class at Roosevelt Elementary.
March 10th 2016
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township,meets with Michigan Youth in Government students Chris Clark (Black River), Will Lowry (Black River) and Mich Van Duinen (Zeeland).
March 9th 2016
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township, joins legislative leaders and 2016 Michigan Youth in Government participants from around the state.
March 9th 2016
Senator Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, delivers a special tribute to outgoing Michigan Public Service Commission Chairman John Quackenbush (second from left) on the floor of the Michigan Senate.
March 9th 2016
The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) presented Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, with the organization's Legislator of the Year award at their annual conference in Grand Rapids. Pictured from left: Grand Ledge Police Chief Martin Underhill, former MACP president; Jones; Howell Police Chief George Basar, MACP legislative chair; and Northville Township Chief John Werth, MACP president.
March 9th 2016
Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, is celebrating "March is Reading Month" by visiting first-graders throughout the district. Here he reads to Mrs. Janice Canady's class at Novi Woods Elementary.
March 9th 2016
Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, is celebrating "March is Reading Month" by visiting first-graders throughout the district. Here he reads to Mrs. Treadwell's class at Roosevelt Elementary.
March 9th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, celebrated March is Reading Month with Mrs. Wolff's and Mrs. McNamara's third-grade classes at Centreville Elementary School on March 7. The senator read My Brother, the Senator, which was chosen by a student vote.
March 9th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, celebrated March is Reading Month with Mrs. Zuniga's and Mrs. Iliff's third-grade classes at South Elementary School in Watervliet on March 4.
March 9th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, read A Pirate's Quest to Mrs. Wilt's first-grade class at Benton Harbor Charter School Academy on Feb. 29.
March 9th 2016
Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, is celebrating "March is Reading Month" by visiting first-graders throughout the district. Here he reads to Mrs. Schumacher's class at Roosevelt Elementary.
March 9th 2016
Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, (left) welcomed constituents Jerry Sabulej (second from left) and his wife Pauline to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. They were joined by Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, for a lapel-pinning ceremony honoring Vietnam veterans.
March 3rd 2016
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, plunged into an ice-cold pool in front of the Capitol on Thursday. Jones and other legislators participated in the 2016 Legislative Polar Plunge to help raise money for Special Olympics Michigan, a year-round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Jones is a member of the Special Olympics Michigan board and participated in his seventh polar plunge. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and members and staff of the Michigan House and Senate also took the plunge.
March 3rd 2016
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, plunged into an ice-cold pool in front of the Capitol on Thursday. Jones and other legislators participated in the 2016 Legislative Polar Plunge to help raise money for Special Olympics Michigan, a year-round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Jones is a member of the Special Olympics Michigan board and participated in his seventh polar plunge. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and members and staff of the Michigan House and Senate also took the plunge.
March 3rd 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (right) and Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, (left) welcomed to Kowall's Capitol office Vietnam veteran Jerry Sabulej of the United States Marine Corps. Kowall presented a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to Sabulej and other veterans on Tuesday.
March 3rd 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (right) and Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, (left) welcomed to Kowall's Capitol office Vietnam veteran Jerry Sabulej of the United States Marine Corps and Sabulej's wife, Pauline. Kowall presented a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to Sabulej and other veterans on Tuesday.
March 3rd 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake (left); Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc (second left); and Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights (second right), welcomed to Kowall's Capitol office (from left) Vietnam veteran Jerry Sabulej of the United States Marine Corps; Sabulej's wife, Pauline; Rocca's mother, former Rep. Sue Rocca; and Rocca's father, former Rep. Sal Rocca. Kowall presented a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to Sabulej and other veterans on Tuesday.
March 3rd 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (front left) and Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, (center) welcomed the Novi High School 2015 Michigan state champion girls volleyball and boys tennis teams to the Senate floor on Wednesday.
March 3rd 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomes Trenton Miller to the Michigan Capitol as part of his Senate staff. Miller will serve as Proos' constituent services director. He is a graduate of Centreville High School and the University of Michigan.
March 2nd 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Rev. Mark Witte to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Witte serves as senior pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
March 2nd 2016
Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, today welcomed former 108th District State Rep. Doug Bovin and officials from Alger County to the state Capitol. Pictured are, from left, Bovin, Alger County Commissioner Catherine Pullen, Alger County Treasurer Pam Johnson, Alger County Clerk Mary Ann Froberg, Au Train Township Trustee Michelle Doucette, Alger County Commissioner and Michigan Association of Counties President Jerry Doucette, and Casperson.
March 2nd 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, speaks at a press conference on Tues., March 1, 2016, to help introduce legislation that would restrict the use of restraint and seclusion practices in all schools, except for in emergency situations. Also pictured are, from left, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council Executive Director Vendella Collins, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and Sen. Rick Jones.
March 1st 2016
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, honors the victims of the recent fatal shootings in Kalamazoo County on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, as Southwest Michigan colleagues, from left, Senators Margaret O'Brien, Tonya Schuitmaker and John Proos look on.
February 23rd 2016
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, honors the victims of the recent fatal shootings in Kalamazoo County, as Southwest Michigan colleagues, from left, Senators Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Mattawan; Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, and John Proos, R-St. Joseph, look on.
February 23rd 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed the Most Rev. Steven J. Raica, bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Raica delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session.
February 23rd 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley joined the Most Rev. Steven J. Raica, bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, as he delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session.
February 23rd 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, talks to the press about his recent appointment as chairman of the new Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency. The joint committee will review the findings surrounding the Flint water crisis, take testimony on the mistakes at all levels of government that led to this situation and explore potential policy solutions to prevent a similar disaster in the future.
February 23rd 2016
The family of U.S. Navy Corpsman Aaron Ullom joined Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, in Lansing on Tuesday to see Gov. Rick Snyder sign Stamas' legislation to permanently honor Ullom by designating the bridge on US-10 over Eastman Avenue in Midland as the "Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge." Pictured from left: Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland; Stamas; Erinn Kane, Stamas' legislative assistant; Snyder; Ullom's step-brother Sean Bartley, mother Debi Ullom, and father Kevin Ullom.
February 23rd 2016
Senators honor the victims of the recent fatal shootings in Kalamazoo County, who were all from across Southwest Michigan. Pictured from left: Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Mattawan; Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage; Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek; and John Proos, R-St. Joseph.
February 23rd 2016
Lansing, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law Public Act 12 of 2016, which eliminates the antiquated title of "policewoman," and updates the officer grades to reflect current Michigan State Police policy. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton.
February 23rd 2016
The City of Albion and the Mayor's Youth Leadership Council honored Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, with a proclamation recognizing him as a Diversity Champion in the City of Albion for his lifetime commitment to fighting for justice for all people.
February 19th 2016
State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, is featuring artwork in his Lansing office from Patty Gottwald's kindergarten class at Mason County Eastern Elementary School of Custer.
February 18th 2016
State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, is featuring artwork in his Lansing office from first and second grade classes at Franklin Elementary School of Ludington.
February 18th 2016
State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, is featuring artwork in his Lansing office from Lisa Gutowski's kindergarten class at Kaleva Norman Dickson Elementary of Brethren.
February 18th 2016
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, was pleased to have Karen Mueller O'Neill, Executive Director of the Conductive Learning Center, at the Capitol today. The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 145, making February 18, 2016 Conductive Education day in Michigan.
February 18th 2016
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, and Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, recognized the accomplishments of the General Motors Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant and its workers during Senate session. The senators presented a copy of Senate Resolution 143 to plant officials and workforce leaders. Pictured from left: Lansing Regional Personnel Director Shawn Davis, Local UAW 652 President Mike Green, Jones, Hertel, Local UAW 652 Chairman Ted Krumm and Lansing Regional Plant Manager Mike Trevorrow.
February 18th 2016
Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomed Jed Gagnier of Escanaba to the state Capitol on Thursday. Gagnier serves as the vice-president of the Escanaba Area Public Schools board of education. He is a 2012 graduate of Escanaba High School and currently attends Northern Michigan University pursuing a degree in public administration/political science.
February 18th 2016
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, and Gov. Rick Snyder welcomed the Hartland Rising Eagles Robotics Team to the Michigan Capitol before the start of the Senate session on February 16, 2016.
February 16th 2016
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, welcomed the Hartland Rising Eagles Robotics Team to the Michigan Senate to receive a special tribute for their championship winning 2015-2016 season in the FIRST LEGO League.
February 16th 2016
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, welcomed the Hartland Rising Eagles Robotics Team to the Michigan Senate to receive a special tribute for their championship winning 2015-2016 season in the FIRST LEGO League.
February 16th 2016
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, welcomed the Hartland Rising Eagles Robotics Team to the Michigan Senate to receive a special tribute for their championship winning 2015-2016 season in the FIRST LEGO League.
February 16th 2016
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, welcomed the Rev. Tiffany McCafferty to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. McCafferty serves as senior pastor at Paw Paw First Presbyterian Church and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
February 16th 2016
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, (left) and Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (right) welcome U.S. Army veteran Herb Becker of Marion and his wife Terri to the Michigan Capitol. The senators awarded Becker, who is a constituent of Emmons, with a Vietnam veteran lapel pin on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The symbolism attached to the Vietnam veteran lapel pins is significant. The pins honor all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period.
February 12th 2016
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, speaks about reducing unnecessary school regulations at a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday. Shirkey is the sponsor of Senate Bill 764, which is part of a package of bills requested by local teachers to give them more time to focus on students. Also attending the conference were bill sponsors Sens. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City (left) and Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth (second from right); and lead sponsor Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township.
February 10th 2016
State Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, welcomed Pastor Kenneth Wagener of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in Macomb to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Pastor Wagener gave the invocation before the start of the Senate session.
February 10th 2016
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, addresses the media and education leaders at a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday introducing legislation to reduce red tape for schools. Also speaking in support of the bills were Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Superintendent Kenneth Gutman (left), Oakridge Public Schools Superintendent Tom Livezey (second from right), and Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart.
February 9th 2016
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, welcomed the Rev. Deacon Michael Schlaack and his wife Susan to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Schlaack serves as deacon at St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church of Fenton and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley joined Robertson and Schlaack at the rostrum for the invocation.
February 9th 2016
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, welcomed the Rev. Deacon Michael Schlaack and his wife Susan to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Schlaack serves as deacon at St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church of Fenton and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley joined Robertson and Schlaack at the rostrum for the invocation.
February 9th 2016
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, (second from right) listens as Oakridge Public Schools Superintendent Tom Livezey speaks at a press conference at the Capitol in support of a package of bills introduced on Tuesday to reduce red tape for schools. Hansen is the sponsor of Senate Bill 766. Also attending in support of the bills were Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Superintendent Kenneth Gutman (left) and Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake.
February 9th 2016
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Chairman Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, listens to testimony Tuesday on the Healthy Michigan Plan. Also pictured is committee member Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford (left).
February 9th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Michaela Brownell of Monroe to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Brownell is studying nursing at Monroe County Community College and visited the Capitol as part of a class requirement to attend a government meeting.
February 8th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed fifth-grade students from Norton Elementary School in Three Rivers to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Proos read the book "Duck for President" to the students and stressed the importance of reading. The fifth graders also participated in the making of a public service announcement to encourage families to take part in "March is Reading Month."
February 5th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, recently testified before the Senate Transportation Committee about the need to increase the number of registered organ donors in Michigan. Proos' bill, known as "Lauren's Law," would require residents to make a conscious decision about joining the organ donor registry in Michigan when they apply for or renew their driver's license.
February 5th 2016
State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, presents a tribute to Robb Munger from Exodus Place in Grand Rapids on the Senate floor
February 4th 2016
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, (right) poses with Sens. Margaret O'Brien, R-Kalamazoo, (left) Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, (center left) and Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, (center right) at the rostrum after Senate Resolution 140 was adopted by the Senate.
February 4th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed the Rev. Thomas McNally (right) to the state Capitol on Thursday. McNally is the Proos family associate pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
February 4th 2016
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, testified on Thursday before the Senate Government Operations Committee on Senate Bills 710 and 711, legislation he sponsored to reform Detroit Public Schools.
February 4th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed the Rev. Thomas McNally to the state Capitol on Thursday. McNally is the Proos family associate pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (right) joined Proos and McNally for the invocation.
February 4th 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh of the Temple B'nai Israel, in Kalamazoo, to the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 to deliver the invocation before the day's session. Pictured here are O'Brien, left, and Rabbi Zerwekh.
February 2nd 2016
Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker (second from left), Judy Emmons (sixth from left), Arlan Meekhof (seventh from left), Jim Stamas (eighth from left), Peter Macgregor (ninth from left), Rick Jones (seventh from right), Margaret O'Brien (fifth from right), and Goeff Hansen (right) joined other members of the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder at a bill signing for the $28 million appropriations supplemental to support efforts in Flint.
January 29th 2016
The Arbor North Living Center, a senior living center in Jackson, hosted state Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, on their in-house talk show on Friday, Jan. 22.
January 28th 2016
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township, honored the Zeeland West Varsity Football Team and Head Coach John Shillito in the Michigan Senate on Thursday. The team was honored for earning the 2015 Division 4 State Championship in November
January 28th 2016
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township, honored the Zeeland West Varsity Football Team and Head Coach John Shillito in the Michigan Senate on Thursday. The team was honored for earning the 2015 Division 4 State Championship in November
January 28th 2016
Senator Darwin Booher, R-Evart, is featuring artwork in his Lansing office from Miss Michelle Herban's 4th grade class of Betsie Valley Elementary School of Thompsonville, MI.
January 28th 2016
Sen. Colbeck testifying on Tuesday, January 26 at the Senate Government Operations Committee hearing on Senate Concurring Resolution 22 urging Governor Snyder to maintain his current position on the relocation of Syrian refugees.
January 27th 2016
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and Dr. Phil Stella (left), representing the Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology, testified on Wednesday before the Senate Insurance Committee in favor of Senate Bill 625, sponsored by Hansen. The bill would ensure access to all forms of chemotherapy for patients, regardless of how it is administered.
January 27th 2016
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands next to the fermenter with FWB owner Matt Sherrow as the "Stout Senator" moves into its final stage of the brewing process.
January 26th 2016
After draining the wort, state Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, unloads the remaining mash into bins, which are then collected by local poultry farmers who use the mash as feed.
January 26th 2016
After the brewing was completed and everything had been cleaned up, state Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, sat down for a brief conversation with FWB owners Matt and Ginny Sherrow about their business and the community.
January 26th 2016
Sen. Peter MacGregor speaks during a press conference to introduce Senate Bill 720, which would modernize Michigan's Historic Districts Act.
January 26th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, toured the Owens Products facility in Sturgis on Friday with owner Gary Kirtley II, (right) who purchased the company in 2007. Founded in 1965, Owens is a family owned and operated company that is a leader in automotive aftermarket products, selling truck running boards, aluminum tool boxes, dog boxes, garage and trailer accessories as well as its custom made products.
January 25th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, toured the Owens Products facility on Friday in Sturgis with owner Gary Kirtley II, (left) who purchased the company in 2007. Founded in 1965, Owens is a family owned and operated company that is a leader in automotive aftermarket products, selling truck running boards, aluminum tool boxes, dog boxes, garage and trailer accessories as well as its custom made products.
January 25th 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, stands with Army veteran Tom Oltesvig (left), 4th degree Knights of Columbus, post commander 9914; and Air Force veteran Bob Szymanski, Knights of Columbus 8500, financial secretary. Kowall awarded the men and several other U.S. Vietnam War veterans a Vietnam veteran lapel pin at a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Holy Spirit Church in Highland.
January 21st 2016
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, participates in classroom activities at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School on Monday. Shirkey met with the committed teachers, administrators, staff and students at the school. Earlier in the day, Shirkey met with members of the Branch County Farm Bureau in Coldwater.
January 21st 2016
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, welcomed the 2015 Division 6 state champion Ithaca High School football team to the Michigan Capitol. The Yellowjackets were honored by Emmons and Rep. Tom Leonard for their tremendous accomplishments on and off the football field. In November, the team earned its fifth state championship in the last six years. In each year they also met the qualifications for Academic All-State.
January 21st 2016
State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, (right) stands with the Rev. Paul Pratt, of the First Reformed Church in Grandville, and Pratt's wife, Patty, at the senator's desk on Thursday morning. Pratt opened the day's session with an invocation.
January 21st 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, welcomed Pastor Chris Todd (center) of Oxbow Baptist Church in White Lake to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Pastor Todd gave the invocation before the start of the Senate session.
January 20th 2016
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, proudly welcomed Pastor Marc Livingston to the Capitol on Tuesday. Livingston serves as pastor at Chester Gospel Church in Charlotte and accompanied the senator for Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address.
January 19th 2016
State Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, stands at the Senate rostrum with Small Business Association of Michigan Board Chairman Jerry Grubb (left). Grubb joined Kowall for Gov. Rick Snyder's sixth State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, welcomes Dick Pinagel to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address. Pinagel (right) is a resident of the 14th District and was Robertson's guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, stands at the Senate rostrum with Muskegon Area Career Tech Center Principal Kyle Fiebig (right). Fiebig joined Hansen for Gov. Rick Snyder's sixth State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt stands before the Senate rostrum with Lake Carriers Association President James Weakley (left). Weakley joined Schmidt for Gov. Rick Snyder's sixth State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed Ethan Miracle (left) and James Hogge (right) to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday night. Miracle is a painting foreman at Paramount Painting in Gaylord and Hogge is a firefighter at the Otsego County Fire Department. They were guests of Stamas for Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address.
January 19th 2016
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed Ben Sklarcyzk, chief operating officer at Sklarczyk Seed Farm in Johannesburg, to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday night as his guest for Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address.
January 19th 2016
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomes Nexteer Automotive President and Global Chief Operating Officer Laurent Bresson (left) and Saginaw Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Van Deventer (right) to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address. Bresson and Van Deventer were Horn's guests for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomes Gary Howell to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address. Howell (left) is a resident of the 31st District and was Green's guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, stands at the Senate rostrum with Harold Mast, who joined the senator for Gov. Rick Snyder's sixth State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
The Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive,and Lt. Governor Brian Calley head to the House Chamber to hear Gov. Snyder present the State of the State.
January 19th 2016
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomes Andrew Beardslee (left) to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address. Beardslee, a native of the 19th district from Marshall who joined Sen. Nofs' office in the spring of 2015 after graduating from Grand Valley State University, was Nofs' guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed guests from Lenawee and Monroe counties to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday night before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address. Pictured from left: Tim Lake of the Monroe County Business Development Corp.; Edward Engle, Jr., president of Rima Manufacturing in Hudson; Zorn; Joan Gould and her husband Larry J. Gould of the Lenawee County Farm Bureau.
January 19th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, proudly welcomed guests from Southwest Michigan to the Capitol on Tuesday before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address. Pictured from left: Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph; St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney John McDonough; Elizabeth Garey of St. Joseph; Rodney Chupp of Chupp Insurance in Sturgis; and Proos.
January 19th 2016
State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, welcomed Elizabeth Haar (left) to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address. Haar, president and CEO of Accident Fund Holdings, Inc., was Hune's guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, welcomed Don Murphy (right) to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address. Murphy, the owner of Eastman Insurance Agency, was a guest of Hune's for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomed Dan Vogler (left) to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address. Vogler, owner of the Harrietta Hills Trout Farm in Harrietta, was Booher's guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Hamburg, and his wife Angie Colbeck (far left), welcomed Pastor Jeff Noble (second from right) and his wife Myra Kay (far right), to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address. Jeff Noble is the pastor at Praise Baptist Church in Plymouth, and he and his wife Myra Kay were Sen. Colbeck's guests for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, welcomed Bradley Horton (left), Dawn Horton (second from right), and Steve Horton (far right), to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address. The Hortons, associated with the Fowlerville News and Views, were Hune's media guests for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, stands in the Senate chamber with Dr. John Ayanian, director of the Institute of Health Care Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan (left). Ayanian joined Marleau for Gov. Rick Snyder's sixth State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 19th 2016
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, stands in the Senate Chamber on Wednesday with Pastor Chris Todd (right) of Oxbow Baptist Church in White Lake and Todd's wife Jenny (center). Pastor Todd gave the invocation before the start of the Senate session.
January 19th 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, speaks during a Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights press conference Wednesday on new laws ensuring disabled persons with service animals aren't refused entry to businesses, schools, hospitals and other public areas in Michigan. Also pictured are, from left: Eric Calley and his service dog, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Sen. David Knezek, and Rep. Tom Barrett.
January 14th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, recently visited Johnette Kurina's third-grade class at Lake Michigan Catholic Elementary School in St. Joseph. Proos was invited to read to the class and discuss current events with the students, which included his daughter Nora.
January 14th 2016
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, (left) proudly welcomed Pastor Stephen Byrens to the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. Byrens serves as pastor at the City on a Hill Community Church in Olivet and delivered the invocation before the start of the first Senate session day of 2016.
January 13th 2016
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, joined Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall (right), R-White Lake, in honoring U.S. Army veteran Charles Whorton (center) of Eau Claire for his service in the Vietnam War. Kowall is a commemorative partner with the Pentagon and gave Whorton a Vietnam veteran lapel pin during a ceremony on the floor of the Michigan Senate. Whorton's wife Earlene and granddaughter Abigail attended the event.
December 21st 2015
Sens. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township (left) and Dale Zorn, R-Ida (right) hold Senate Bills 244 (Pavlov) and 245-246 (Zorn), now Public Acts 187, 188 and 189 of 2015, after they were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday. The new laws increase restitution and toughen penalties for individuals convicted of the illegal killing, possessing, purchasing or selling of certain animals in Michigan.
December 16th 2015
Sens. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township (left) and Dale Zorn, R-Ida (right) hold Senate Bills 244 (Pavlov) and 245-246 (Zorn), now Public Acts 187, 188 and 189 of 2015, after they were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday. The new laws increase restitution and toughen penalties for individuals convicted of the illegal killing, possessing, purchasing or selling of certain animals in Michigan.
December 16th 2015
Governor Rick Snyder (seated) on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 427, now Public Act 209 of 2015, sponsored by Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, (second from right). Joining Hansen at the bill signing were (from left) Tom Schmiedeknecht, president of Pro-Med, and Damon Obiden, director of operations of Kent County EMS, Inc.
December 16th 2015
Lansing, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law legislation that will protect the public and law enforcement after an attack on an officer. Public Act 167 of 2015, sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, will create the Blue Alert system in Michigan.
December 16th 2015
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, honored the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi on the Senate floor. Joining Nofs (third from left) from the NHBP tribal council were, from left to right, Dorie Rios, secretary; Christine Lanning, treasurer; Jamie Stuck, vice chairman; Homer Mandoka, chairman and Tony Day, sergeant at arms.
December 15th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, speaks with owner Tom Kluck (right) and Marty Royer (center) during the final stop on Horn's 2015 Hometown Tour series.
December 14th 2015
After choosing and harvesting a tree, state Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, loads his pull cart and makes his way toward the prepping station, where the trees are prepared to take home.
December 14th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, receiving instructions from Royer on the proper technique for wrapping a tree with the baler.
December 14th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, joined 97.5 Y-County's Brad Allen (right) for a live broadcast on Nov. 20 during the station's annual "Stuff-A-Truck" drive at Roger's Foodland in St. Joseph. The drive collected donations for the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (SMCAA), which provides necessary food and personal care items to thousands of local families. Joining Proos and Allen are Yvonne Vidt, community services manager at the SMCAA, and Art Fenrick, executive director of SMCAA.
December 14th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and area fire chiefs joined Gov. Rick Snyder for a formal bill signing of Zorn's legislation to provide firefighter certification reciprocity with states that have the same requirements as Michigan. Pictured standing from left are: Zorn's Constituent Relations Director Corey Welch, Zorn's Legislative Director Shane Preston, Midland Fire Department Chief Chris Coughlin, Spencer Township (Ohio) Fire Department Chief Carl Arnold, Zorn, and Adrian Fire Chief Paul Trinka. Arnold is a veteran of the Ida Township Fire Department, and Coughlin represents the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs. Both men testified earlier on behalf of Zorn's bill.
December 9th 2015
Midland County Treasurer Cathy Lunsford (center) and Libby Varner (left) and Ann Townsend from her staff joined Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, on Wednesday for Gov. Rick Snyder's formal bill signing of Stamas' legislation to revise the timeframe in which county treasurers may send delinquent property tax notices. Also joining Stamas for the signing was his Legislative Director Meghann Keit (right).
December 9th 2015
State Sen. Tom Casperson , R-Escanaba, celebrated an Upper Peninsula icon - the pasty - with Senate colleagues on Wednesday. Casperson treated senators and staff to pasties from Escanaba-based Dobbers Pasties in honor of Pasty Day, which was Sunday, Dec. 6. Casperson (far right) is pictured with, from left, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Sens. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth.
December 9th 2015
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, has announced that an impressive art collection from students of St. Paul Lutheran School in Millington is on display in his Lansing office. The art was submitted by teacher Amy Baldwin.
December 9th 2015
State Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall (center) welcomed Vietnam veteran Bruce Kurth (second from right) and wife Karen (left of Kowall) and their family to his Capitol office on Wednesday. Kurth, who served two tours in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 as part of the Navy Seabees, received a Vietnam veteran lapel pin from Kowall.
December 9th 2015
Majority Leader Meekhof and Senator Kowall visit with From left to right - Jim Armstrong - USAF, Mark Aker - US Navy, Dave Aker - US Army, Jack Armstrong - USAF
December 3rd 2015
Majority Leader Meekhof and Senator Kowall visit with From left to right - Jack Armstrong - USAF, Dave Aker - US Army, Mark Aker - US Navy, Jim Armstrong - USAF
December 3rd 2015
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, attaches a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to the lapel of veteran Alfred Armstrong of Saline at a ceremony at the Michigan Capitol on December 2.
December 2nd 2015
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, attaches a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to the lapel of veteran Alfred Armstrong of Saline at a ceremony at the Michigan Capitol on December 2.
December 2nd 2015
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, attaches a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to the lapel of U.S. Air Force veteran Jim Armstrong of Smiths Creek at a ceremony at the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday.
December 2nd 2015
State Sen. Peter MacGregor welcomed the 2015 Michigan High School Athletic Association Boys Cross Country state champion team from Rockford High School to the Senate on Wednesday, and presented the team with a special tribute.
December 2nd 2015
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker on Tuesday received the "2015 Legislative Champion" award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for her work in crafting legislation that would regulate the installation of breath alcohol interlock ignition devices (BAIID) and implement new safety standards.
December 2nd 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, presented a special tribute to Cait Corie of Dundee in recognition of her successful completion of her legislative internship in Zorn's Senate office. Corie is a student at Monroe County Community College. The tribute was signed by Zorn; Gov. Rick Snyder; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; and Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance.
December 1st 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, and from right, Sens. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; and Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, listen as Dr. Tim Gates, of Michigan State University, presents findings of a road safety audit that was conducted on the stretch of Interstate 94 that runs between the Michigan-Indiana border and the city of Jackson following the historic 193-vehicle pileup that occurred January 9. Gates worked with officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police to compile the audit that was presented to lawmakers Monday, Nov. 30.
November 30th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, donated toys to the Sturgis Toy Run at the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce on Monday. The toy run is celebrating its 32nd year of collecting and distributing toys in St. Joseph County and the surrounding areas in time for Christmas.
November 23rd 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, joined residents and staff on Sunday, Nov. 15 to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Bedford Senior Center. Zorn presented a special tribute to Executive Director Diane Carroll (holding the tribute) in honor of the center's 44 years of serving area seniors.
November 17th 2015
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed Dan Smith (center) and Smith's wife Nancy to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Smith is pastor of Jibson Immanuel Baptist Church of Ravenna and gave the invocation before the start of Senate session.
November 10th 2015
It's official! Governor Rick Snyder has signed the roads funding bill.
November 10th 2015
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, speaks during a press conference for the signing of legislation that provides long term funding for Michigan roads and bridges.
November 10th 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was presented with the Michigan Probate Judges Association's Legislator of the Year award by Clinton County Probate Judge Lisa Sullivan on Nov. 5. Among the reasons given for the judges' honoring Jones was the senator's work on legislation to protect Michigan seniors from being financially exploited by a family member.
November 9th 2015
A historic coalition gathered Thursday as Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township (standing, center) that creates new educator evaluation standards, establishes Michigan as a preeminent state for teacher quality and positions the state to once again lead the country in student performance. Also pictured at the governor's desk, from left, are Reps. Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor and Amanda Price, R-Park Township, and Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage.
November 5th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, is pictured on Day One of his participation in "No-Shave November" in an effort to grow awareness of the many of the health issues facing men, such as prostate and testicular cancer, heart disease and obesity.
November 5th 2015
LANSING-State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, joins with Senator Schuitmaker in remembering former Senator Robert VanderLaan who recently passed away. The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 114 to recognize and memorialize his life and accomplishments.
November 5th 2015
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, joined Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, as he offered comments in support of Senate Resolution 114, which commemorates the life and public service of former West Michigan lawmaker, Robert VanderLaan. Hildenbrand and Schuitmaker currently represent the communities that made up VanderLaan's previous district.
November 5th 2015
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed the Rev. Jeff Bader to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Bader serves as pastor at Cass River Bible Church of Mayville and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
November 4th 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, welcomed the Rev. Ron Ives to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Ives serves as lead pastor at Potter's House Family Worship Center in Mount Pleasant and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
November 3rd 2015
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, takes questions from press following senate vote on road funding.
November 3rd 2015
Members of the Senate Commerce, Transportation, and Economic Development and International Investment committees on hear testimony on Senate Resolution 105 at a joint committee hearing at Lake Superior State University on Monday, Nov. 2. The resolution encourages the federal government to support plans to upgrade the Soo Locks.
November 2nd 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Fire Chief Carl Arnold to the Michigan Senate on Thursday. Arnold is a veteran of the Ida Township (Michigan) Fire Department and serves currently as fire chief for the Spencer Township (Ohio) Fire Department. He was at the Capitol to testify before the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee in support of Zorn's legislation to provide firefighter certification reciprocity to a firefighter from another state, as long as the individual was certified in the other state after completing a program that meets or exceeds Michigan's standards.
October 30th 2015
The family of U.S. Navy Corpsman Aaron Ullom joined Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, to testify in support of Stamas' legislation to permanently honor Ullom by designating the bridge on US-10 over Eastman Avenue in Midland as the "Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge." Pictured from left: Ullom's mother Debi Ullom, Stamas, Ullom's father Kevin Ullom and step-brother Sean Bartley.
October 29th 2015
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, welcomed Pastor Scott Sessler (right) on Wednesday, Oct. 29, of Livonia, who is the pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, to the Senate to lead the invocation before Senate session.
October 29th 2015
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive,provided an update on road funding with members of the press following Tuessday's session.
October 28th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed Kathleen Wojda from the Alpena Community Credit Union to the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. Wojda was the senator's guest on the Senate floor during session.
October 28th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, poses for a picture in the back of a semi loaded with sugar beets.
October 28th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands with Gary Reif, owner of Reif Farms, as Reif gives him a lesson on the anatomy of a sugar beet.
October 28th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, unloads the day's harvest at Michigan Sugar Company's Blumfield scale.
October 28th 2015
State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, (left) is pictured with Pastor Paul Weissenborn (right) on Wednesday, October 28. Weissenborn, of Evart, who is the Pastor at Crossroads Community Church, delivered the invocation before Senate session.
October 28th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed fourth-grade students from Centreville Elementary School to the Michigan Capitol on Oct. 21.
October 27th 2015
State Sen. Phil Pavlov attended a ceremony Monday where more than $600,000 in grants were awarded to Huron and Sanilac counties for homeowner rehabilitation projects. Pictured, from left: Sanilac County Treasurer Trudy Nicol; Sanilac County Administrator Kathy Dorman; MSHDA Director Kevin Elsenheimer; Sanilac County Commissioner, District 2 Justin Faber; state Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; Sanilac County Finance Director Kelly Gerstenberger.
October 26th 2015
State Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, and his colleagues stand Thursday at the Senate rostrum with Crimson Crisp Michigan apples as part of Michigan's third annual Apple Crunch Day. Pictured, from left, are: Kowall; Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City; Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive; and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
October 22nd 2015
Senate Majority Leader Meekhof enjoys a Michigan apple with Senators Kowall and Schmidt and Lt. Governor Calley. Apples were a provided by Senator Schmidt.
October 22nd 2015
Sen. Dale W. Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed local residents with dysautonomia, their families and awareness advocates to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Zorn presented them with a copy of his resolution commemorating October as Dysautonomia Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. Senate Resolution 94 was adopted by the Michigan Senate on Sept. 29. Pictured seated is Kim Pearch, a Monroe resident with dysautonomia who worked with Zorn on the resolution. Pictured standing from left: Zorn; postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome patient Meagan Tucker of Howell; Kelly Tucker, Meagan's mother and executive director of Dysautonomia Information Network; Billie Riggs of Monroe; and Daveaux Riggs, Billie's daughter and a neurocardiogenic syncope patient.
October 21st 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, and Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso, were joined by officials from Shiawassee County and Wheeler Trucking to tell the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee about the need for Jones' legislation to help the trucking company bring 300 jobs to Shiawassee County. Pictured from left: Glardon, Justin Horvath of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, Wheeling Trucking CFO Doug Kelley, Wheeler Trucking board member J.D. Smith and Jones.
October 20th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Robert Taylor of Tecumseh to the state Capitol on Tuesday. Taylor attends Grace Point Evangelical Free Church in Adrian and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
October 20th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, honor Emily Kieliszewski upon her selection as Miss Michigan 2015. Kieliszewski is the daughter of Alpena County Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski and Erin Kieliszewski, a teacher. Emily graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in political science and won the Miss Michigan 2015 title with a platform of "Adopting America's Children." Pictured from left are: Deb Zale, former executive director of the Miss Capital City pageant; Erin Kieliszewski; Emily Kieliszewski; Pettalia; and Stamas.
October 20th 2015
Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, debates Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing, on fixing Michigan's roads without raising taxes at the Michigan Capitol on October 20, 2015.
October 20th 2015
Senator Margaret O'Brien joined Governor Rick Snyder and, from left, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Senator David Knezek, Representative Tom Barrett, and Representative David Rutledge for the signing of legislation to protect veterans who use service dogs.
October 20th 2015
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed Ruth Ann Reinert to the Capitol Tuesday to celebrate her 50 years of service to the Saginaw community. Reinert has served five decades in the Saginaw library system. Reinert currently serves as the head of Circulation Acquisition and Technological Services at Hoyt Library and was joined by friends and co-workers as her service was honored during Tuesday's session.
October 14th 2015
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville and guest Dr. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center testify before the Senate Committee on Judiciary in support of Senate Bill 442, Green's legislation addressing pistol-free zones.
October 14th 2015
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville and guest Dr. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center testify before the Senate Committee on Judiciary in support of Senate Bill 442, Green's legislation addressing pistol-free zones.
October 14th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed the Rev. Brad Matuzak to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Matuzak serves as a pastor at Word of Life Baptist Church in Alpena and delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session.
October 13th 2015
Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomed Brian Swift, originally from Escanaba, to the state Capitol last week to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Swift joined Casperson to speak in favor of Senate Bill 434, which would create a pilot program for the Michigan State Police to implement in three state counties to allow law enforcement to conduct field sobriety tests on motorists suspected of driving under the influence of controlled substances, like marijuana.
October 13th 2015
Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomed Brian Swift, originally from Escanaba, to the state Capitol last week to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Swift joined Casperson to speak in favor of Senate Bill 434, which would create a pilot program for the Michigan State Police to implement in three state counties to allow law enforcement to conduct field sobriety tests on motorists suspected of driving under the influence of controlled substances, like marijuana.
October 13th 2015
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, (far right) is pictured with, from left, state Rep. Scott Dianda; Breitung Township Supervisor Denny Olsen and his wife, Carmel; Dianda's father, Jim Spehar; and Jim Matonich at the "Michigan Says Thanks" event honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era at the Capitol on Thursday.
October 9th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed Vietnam veterans from Southwest Michigan and Stevensville to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday for the "Michigan Says Thanks" event honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families. Pictured from left: A.J. Jaeger-Heiden, Ed Heiden, Proos and Ron Patzer. The event highlighted the service of the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Vietnam War era families. For more information about the event, visit MichiganSaysThanks.com.
October 9th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, introduces Michigan legislators who are military veterans during the "Michigan Says Thanks" event honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era at the Capitol.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (right) on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families. Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, (left) also attended the event.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, speaks to Vietnam War era veterans at the "Michigan Says Thanks" event Thursday on the Capitol lawn. The event honored the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Thursday sponsored "Michigan Says Thanks" on the Capitol lawn, an event honoring the service of the armed forces during the war as well as the contributions of federal agencies and Vietnam War era families.
October 8th 2015
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed veteran Lavern Spolarich to the Capitol Thursday. Spolarich is a former commander of the American Legion Post 212 out of Chesaning and also the 8th District Judge Advocate for the American Legion Department of Michigan. Spolarich was Horn's guest at an event honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era on the Capitol lawn. Members of the American Legion Post 229 from Blumfield Township in Saginaw County also attended.
October 8th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed local veterans and their families to the Michigan Capitol. They were in Lansing on Thursday for the "Michigan Says Thanks" event honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families. Pictured from left: Cliff Trudeau, Cindy Trudeau, Glenn Podhola, Zorn, Dennis Warner and Linda Warner.
October 8th 2015
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, on Tuesday spoke as part of an expert panel at a Toronto town hall meeting on the planned construction of a nuclear dump that could jeopardize the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Pictured, left to right: Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump Spokesperson Beverly Fernandez; David Suzuki Foundation Director General Dr. Faisal Moola; Sarnia, Ontario Mayor Mike Bradley; Pavlov; event moderator Dr. Stephanie Rutherford, assistant professor, Trent University.
October 7th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, listens as Dr. Stuart Boekeloo of St. Joseph tells the Senate Health Policy Committee about the need for clean and private exam rooms in nursing or assisted-living homes in Michigan. Senate Bill 338 would require any home for the aged or nursing home that provides medical or dental services to its residents to have a private room for the purpose of examination and treatment.
October 7th 2015
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, welcomed the Rev. Steve Smail to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Smail serves as senior pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church of Plainwell and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
October 6th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, listens as Roxanne Affholter of Michigan Crisis Response Association shared with members of the Senate Health Policy Committee about the need to support Michigan's Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams. Stamas' measure, Senate Bill 444, would define CISM and its key components, as well as outline confidentiality provisions.
October 6th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, meets with Midland Fire Department Chief Chris Coughlin after a meeting of the Senate Health Policy Committee about the need to support Michigan's Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams. Coughlin spoke in support of Stamas' measure, Senate Bill 444, to define CISM and its key components, as well as outline confidentiality provisions. Roxanne Affholter of Michigan Crisis Response Association also testified in favor of the bill.
October 6th 2015
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, accepted the 2015 Legislator of the Year Award from the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) on Sept. 29. Nofs was honored for his leadership, commitment and dedication to improving Michigan manufacturing's competitiveness through reform of the state's Personal Property Tax (PPT) and his continued hard work to ensure reliable, competitive energy options for Michigan.
October 5th 2015
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, honored retiring Michigan Public Service Commissioner Greg White (center) with a Senate resolution on Oct. 1. White accepted the resolution with his wife Junru at the Capitol during Senate session.
October 1st 2015
The Michigan Says Thanks planning committee and Capitol facilities staff meet at the state Capitol over the summer to organize the Oct. 8 Michigan Says Thanks event at the Capitol, honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era.
October 1st 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, and Bill McCarty, a volunteer with AARP Michigan who is a resident of the 20th Senate District, today testified in support of the CARE Act before the Senate Health Policy Committee.
September 30th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, and Bill McCarty, a volunteer with AARP Michigan who is a resident of the 20th Senate District, today testified in support of the CARE Act before the Senate Health Policy Committee.
September 30th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, testifies before the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his legislation providing firefighter certification reciprocity with states that have the same certification as Michigan. He was joined by Midland Fire Department Chief Chris Coughlin, representing the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs.
September 30th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph; Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville (left); and Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Berrien Springs (right), presented former state Sen. Harry Gast's daughter Barb Curtis with a special tribute in honor of her father, who died in July.
September 30th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and former state Sen. Harry Gast's daughter Barb Curtis participated in a ceremony to rename the Senate Appropriations Room as the Harry T. Gast Senate Appropriations Room. Standing from left are: Proos; Curtis; Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville; Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Berrien Springs; and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell.
September 30th 2015
State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, welcomed the Rev. Ed Pedley to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Pedley serves as pastor at First Baptist Church of Holly and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
September 29th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, gives the crew on the ground a "thumbs up" as the engine approaches the yard at Sargent Docks.
September 29th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands with Bill Webber, owner of Sargent Docks, in front of a mound of salt as they discuss how the salt is converted into brine, which keeps our roads safe in the winter.
September 29th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands with Bill Webber and Dock Operations Manager Jim Cnudde as the silo behind them is being filled with potash.
September 29th 2015
The Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists on Tuesday presented Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, with their 2015 Legislator of the Year Award at their Legislative Day at the Capitol.
September 29th 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, presented officials from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) with a copy of Senate Resolution 86, which commemorates September 2015 as Life Insurance Awareness Month. Pictured from left: Jones, NAIFA Executive Director Kay Harless, and NAIFA members Diana Pringle and Jon Solitro.
September 25th 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, welcomed Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Chief Steve Pego (right) and tribe council members Ron Nelson and Michelle Stanley to the Capitol on Thursday. The tribe leaders were in the Capitol with leaders of the 12 federally recognized Indian tribes located within the state for Michigan Indian Day, which is celebrated every the fourth Friday in September. Michigan Indian Day is celebrated in recognition of the significant contributions of the 12 nations, their citizens and their predecessors to Michigan's history and future.
September 25th 2015
Sen. Phil Pavlov sits in a Senate hearing room with some of the winners of the 2015 Be a Senator For a Day summer reading contest. The "junior senators" traveled to Lansing with their parents to participate in a mock swearing-in ceremony and committee hearing and a guided Capitol tour.
September 24th 2015
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed Dwight Bucko Teeple, who is Pipe Carrier of the Bay Mills Indian Community to lead the Senate invocation on Thursday. Teeple and members from 12 Native American tribes were in Lansing for Michigan Indian Day. Pictured are, from left, Schmidt, Teeple and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
September 24th 2015
State Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, stands in the Senate chamber on Thursday with the Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship winners. The winners of the scholarships received a total of $30,000.
September 24th 2015
State Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, stands in the Senate chamber on Thursday with Blair Bowman (second from left), Bowman's wife Kimberley (left) and state Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi. Bowman brought the Michigan State Fair back to Novi.
September 24th 2015
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, speaks at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Western Michigan University Autism Center of Excellence's new WECAN evaluation center as, from left, WMU President John Dunn, WMU Department of Psychology Chair Dr. Stephanie Peterson, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley listen.
September 11th 2015
Senator Margaret O'Brien (center right), R-Portage, joined Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (center), Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn (second from left) and other university representatives at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the WMU Autism Center of Excellence's new evaluation center.
September 11th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, listens as Summerfield Township Supervisor John R. Chandler testifies before the Senate Energy and Technology Committee on Zorn's legislation to stop deep well injection of brine waste products in Monroe County.
September 10th 2015
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall speaks on Thursday in support of Senate Resolution 88, his measure designating Sept. 11 through Sept. 17 as "Michigan Patriot Week." Standing with Kowall is Chris Heisler of the United States Honor Flag.
September 10th 2015
State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, stands at the Senate rostrum with Rabbi Mark Miller (right) of Temple Beth El in Bloomfield as Miller gives the invocation before the start of the Senate session on Wednesday.
September 9th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and former Miss Michigan KT Maviglia (right) tell the Senate Insurance Committee about Zorn's legislation to provide Michigan children up to age 21 with necessary hearing devices through their health insurance. Maviglia and Zorn were joined by hearing loss advocates in testifying before the committee on Senate Bill 449.
September 9th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, places fresh donuts into the sugar coating and prepares them for display in the bakery.
August 18th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, equipped with a bucket harness, stops to pick some apples from one of Montrose Orchard's many apple trees.
August 18th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, and Montrose Orchard owner Dan Hill sort through freshly picked blueberries as they are boxed up and prepared for sale.
August 18th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, serves Coney dogs to area residents Tuesday in an effort to raise money for improvements to the Linden Mill.
July 22nd 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands with Linden Mayor David Lossing next to the display board outside of the Coney Café.
July 22nd 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, poses for a picture with the Coney Café staff at the end of the busy afternoon. Pictured from left to right are Horn, Kelly Klocek, Jeremy Smith and owner Tom Tessmer.
July 22nd 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams (left) discuss opportunities for Michigan-made products with Neiman's Family Market owner Hal Neiman at his store in Alpena. The market was a stop during the first day of Stamas' 2015 Heritage Route 23 tour.
July 17th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, joined local and state officials for a tour of the East Tawas State Harbor Dock. Stamas visited the harbor as part of his 2015 Heritage Route 23 tour to hear from the Department of Natural Resources on their plans to improve the docks.
July 17th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, join workers from Kalitta Air for a tour of the company's new aircraft hangar at Wurtsmith Airport in Oscoda. The airport was a stop during the first day of Stamas' 2015 Heritage Route 23 tour.
July 17th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and an official from LaFarge North America discuss the importance of Michigan resources in providing construction materials in the U.S. and Canada. The senator visited the company's Alpena facility as part of his Heritage Route 23 tour.
July 17th 2015
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, helps make fudge at JoAnn's Fudge Shop in Mackinaw City. The shop was the final stop on Sen. Jim Stamas' two-day 2015 Heritage Route 23 tour.
July 17th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth (center right), stands with Rep. Joe Graves, R-Argentine Township (center left), Fire Chief Matthew Lafferty (left), and Township Supervisor Robert Cole as they discuss and examine the rescue boat used by Argentine Township's rescue services.
July 16th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stops for a brief chat with Argentine Care Center Administrator Kerri Stiverson as the tour comes to an end.
July 16th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, sits in a patrol vehicle as he discusses local matters with Argentine Police Chief Daniel Allen.
July 16th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, toured a science lab at Lake Michigan College (LMC) in Benton Harbor on June 30. Proos also joined LMC President Dr. Robert Harrison for tours of the college's new wine-making program, new residence hall and the site of the new Hanson Technology Center.
July 7th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, listens to Lake Michigan College President Dr. Robert Harrison during a tour of the college's science and nursing labs in Benton Harbor on June 30. Proos also toured the community college's new wine-making program, new residence hall and the site of the new Hanson Technology Center.
July 7th 2015
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed Courtney Kokx to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Kokx was crowned the Asparagus Queen at the 2015 National Asparagus Festival in Hart. She was in Lansing for the annual Royal Luncheon hosted by the Michigan Festivals and Events Association on the Capitol lawn.
June 18th 2015
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with Damaira Jones of Bay City as she receives the regional "Youth of the Year" award Wednesday from the Great Lakes Bay Region of the Boys and Girls Clubs. The award was presented by Executive Director Ginger Drzewicki and Vice President of the Board of Directors Ivan Miller.
June 18th 2015
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, stands with Maria Vestrand of Troy as she receives the regional "Youth of the Year" award Wednesday from the Boys and Girls Club of Troy.
June 18th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, was named the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) 2015 Legislator of the Year on Thursday during the group's Annual Meeting and Networking Luncheon in Lansing. O'Brien was recognized for her support of issues affecting small businesses and was presented the award by SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler.
June 18th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, presided over the Michigan Senate during session on Tuesday. It was the first time that Zorn had presided during session since he took office as senator for the 17th District in January.
June 17th 2015
Photo caption: Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, and guests, Brian Lesperance of the Fenn Valley winery (center) and Marie-Chantal Dalese of the Chateau Chantal winery (right) testified before the Senate Commerce Committee in support of Senate Bills 369-70, which would help Michigan wineries by clarifying the companies' sales and use tax industrial processing exemption.
June 17th 2015
Clinton County Probate Judge Lisa Sullivan presents state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker with the 2014 Michigan Probate Judges Association Legislator of the Year Award.
June 16th 2015
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy, including 104 cadets and their families, and Academy Director Lt. Jeff Connell and staff, to the state Senate today during the group's annual Day at the Capitol.
June 16th 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, joined Wheeler Trucking President Rex Wheeler in New Lothrop as he announced the company's plans to invest $5 million in Shiawassee County and create 300 trucking jobs. Wheeler later showed Jones how the company delivers new semitrucks all over the country. Jones is working with the state police and Michigan Department of Transportation to help make the investment and new jobs a reality.
June 15th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Rep. Jim Townsend, D-Royal Oak, welcomed Dr. Michael Lutz of the Michigan Institute of Urology Men's Health Foundation to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Lutz (center) was at the Capitol to support Proos' and Townsend's bipartisan and bicameral efforts to proclaim June 15-21 as "Men's Health Week" and June 15 as "Blue Monday" in Michigan. The purpose is to raise awareness of the preventable health issues facing men and to encourage all men to improve their health.
June 12th 2015
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, has announced that an impressive art collection from students of Chatfield School in Lapeer is on display in his Lansing office. The art was submitted by teacher Nick Lange. Green regularly showcases student art as part of his "Kids of the 31st!" program, which highlights the talent of the youth in the district. He invites constituents to view the displays in his office during regular business hours.
June 11th 2015
Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, (right) is pictured with Rev. Mark Pietscher on Thursday, June 11. Pietscher, who serves the Bella Vista Church in Rockford, delivered the invocation before Senate session.
June 11th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, presided over the Michigan Senate during session on Tuesday. It was the first time that Stamas had presided during session since he took office as senator for the 36th District in January.
June 10th 2015
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed Duane E. Bennett (left) to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Bennett is pastor of Mount Zion Church of God in Christ of Muskegon and gave the invocation before the start of Senate session.
June 10th 2015
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, visited with Jeff Gardner and staff from North Central Community College and Northern Lakes Economic Alliance during an event at the state Capitol on Wednesday to promote the groups' Fab Lab initiative. Fab Lab is a state-of-the-art mobile training classroom designed to help prepare students for high-tech computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining careers.
June 10th 2015
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, welcomed Pastor Dan Lewis (right) and wife Peggy (center) to the state Capitol on Tuesday. Lewis serves as senior pastor at Troy Christian Chapel and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
June 9th 2015
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, discusses ways we can reduce sexual assaults on Michigan's campuses, while also increasing the reporting at the "Let's End Sexual Assault Summit" on Monday. Schuitmaker also thanked First Lady Sue Snyder for leading the important initiative. Schuitmaker said sexual assaults on college campuses are underreported and we have to do everything we can to make sure victims feel comfortable coming forward. Michigan?s 15 public universities all use different reporting procedures, and a standardized set of rules would go a long way in increasing the number of victims reaching out and giving a report on their assailant. An alarming number of students are victims of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their college years, and only a small percentage of those assaults are ever reported.
June 8th 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, (left) proudly welcomed the Rev. Joe Jackson to the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. Jackson serves as a pastor at Community Baptist Church in Grand Ledge and delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session.
June 3rd 2015
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, a member of Michigan's Third Grade Reading Workgroup, speaks about the report the group issued Wednesday suggesting strategies to improve reading proficiency in Michigan's children.
June 3rd 2015
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, spoke to nearly 500 seniors Tuesday on the Capitol lawn as part of Older Michiganians Day, an annual event that brings together seniors, aging service providers and senior advocates from across the state to express to the Legislature the concerns and challenges of older adults.
June 2nd 2015
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, spoke to nearly 500 seniors Tuesday on the Capitol lawn as part of Older Michiganians Day, an annual event that brings together seniors, aging service providers and senior advocates from across the state to express to the Legislature the concerns and challenges of older adults.
June 2nd 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, welcomed to the Capitol a group of Eaton County high school students who are participating in insurance and risk management classes at the Farm Bureau Insurance headquarters in Delta Township. The class is an effort by Eaton Regional Education Services Agency, Olivet College and Farm Bureau Insurance and is designed to help students learn about the insurance industry while possibly earning college credit or insurance industry certification. The students were in Lansing to tour the Capitol, the Accident Fund and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services.
May 28th 2015
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed Pastor R.B. Ouellette (right) to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Ouellette serves as the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
May 27th 2015
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, welcomed Charlotte Nelis, mother of fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif of Holland, to the Capitol as his guest for the Senate?s Memorial Day Service on Thursday, May 21.
May 26th 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, welcomed World War II veterans Bob Davis (left) and Bill Gieske (center right) and Korean War veteran Fred Hollister (right) to the state Capitol for the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers and paid respect to all past and current service members. All three men are members of American Legion Post 404 Honor Guard in Harrison and presented the colors during the ceremony.
May 22nd 2015
LANSING, Mich. - Sen. Joe Hune welcomes Louis Vancuyl, a military veteran, to the Senate chamber on Thursday during the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 21st 2015
LANSING, Mich. - Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, and Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, on Thursday welcomed veterans from their districts for a luncheon following the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 21st 2015
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed 2014 Asparagus Queen Danielle Kokx to the Capitol on Wednesday. Kokx promoted the asparagus industry of Oceana County and provided each senator with a gift of locally grown asparagus.
May 21st 2015
Senator Margaret O'Brien (center), R-Portage, welcomed U.S. Navy and Vietnam War veteran, T.W. Lane, and his wife, Susan, to the Senate for its 21st annual Memorial Day service. Lane currently serves as director of Portage-based Lest We Forget our Vets Inc.
May 21st 2015
Sen. Goeff Hansen stands in the Senate chamber Thursday with his uncle, Walter "Stretch" Hansen (right). Walter, a former Army sergeant from Holton, was the lawmaker's guest for the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 21st 2015
State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, welcomed Michigan Army National Guard State Command Chief Warrant Officer Gabriel Ambrozaitis to the state Capitol for the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service, which honors Michigan residents killed in action during the previous 12 months.
May 21st 2015
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, was joined by Sergeant Michael Gower, his wife Kelli Gower and the family of Gabriel De Roo, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.
May 21st 2015
State Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, stands in the Senate chamber Thursday with U.S. Marine Major Thomas Shields (right) of South Lyon. Shields, who commands the Detroit Military Entrance Processing Station and served as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, was Kowall's guest for the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 21st 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, (left) stands on the Senate floor with the mother of Daniel and Thomas Weber, Heidi Weber, and their stepfather, John Sych during the 21st Annual Senate Memorial Day Service.
May 21st 2015
Horn stands for a photo on the Senate floor with father of Daniel and Thomas Weber, Keith Weber, and their stepmother, Michelle during Thursday's ceremony.
May 21st 2015
A military member paying tribute to fallen soldiers at the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 21st 2015
The Michigan Senate honors Michigan soldiers who have lost their lives during the past 12 months on the Senate floor during Thursday's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 21st 2015
A guest on the Senate floor paying tribute to Michigan soldiers who have lost their lives during the last 12 months on the Senate floor during the 21st Annual Memorial Day Service on Thursday.
May 21st 2015
State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, addresses the Michigan Senate and guests on Thursday during the 21st Annual Memorial Day Service in the Senate chamber.
May 21st 2015
State Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, pays tribute to Michigan soldiers killed in action during the past 12 months on Thursday during the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 21st 2015
State Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and military veteran guest, salute the flag on the Senate floor during the Pledge of Allegiance on Thursday to open the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 21st 2015
Sergeant David Denhardt speaks to the Michigan Senate and guests in the Senate chamber on Thursday during the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 21st 2015
A guest stands in honor Michigan soldiers killed in action during the past 12 months during the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service held on Thursday at the Michigan Capitol.
May 21st 2015
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomed his uncle, Donald Casperson, to the state Capitol for the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service, which honors Michigan residents killed in action during the previous 12 months. Donald Casperson is a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis from 1961-63.
May 21st 2015
Sen. Booher (third right), guest William Smith (center), and members of the Evart VFW and AM Vets Post honor guards at the 21st Annual Michigan Senate Memorial Day Service, which honors Michigan residents killed in action during the previous 12 months. Smith is a veteran of both the U.S. Army, serving from 1968-70 during the Vietnam War, and of the U.S. Navy, where he retired as a Lt. Commander in 1997 after a 20-year career.
May 21st 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed Iraq War veteran Sgt. Rebecca Payne (left) to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers and paid respect to all past and current service members.
May 21st 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, proudly welcomed Army National Guard Lt. Michelle McCormick (right) to the state Capitol for the Michigan Senate's 21st Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers and paid respect to all past and current service members. Michelle is the sister of Jones' Chief of Staff Sandra McCormick (left).
May 21st 2015
LANSING-State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, joins Gov. Rick Snyder as he signs Senate Bill 879, Hildenbrand's legislation to raise breast cancer awareness and better inform women with dense breast tissue of their risks.
May 20th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, (left) walks with David and Barbara Kincaid of the Linden Mills Historical Society as they make their way to City Hall for a brief tour.
May 20th 2015
Horn stops for a photo as the tour makes its way through the Linden Fire Department.
May 20th 2015
Horn stands next to the Joe Beach Buggy Factory exhibit at the Linden Mills Museum with David and Barbara Kincaid as they kick off the first of Horn's "Hometown Tours."
May 20th 2015
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, on Monday morning spoke at the National Emergency Number Association conference in Lansing. Schuitmaker said 9-1-1 operators are the unsung heroes of public safety. Pictured from left: State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage; Jeri Tapper, director of Van Buren Central Dispatch; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Sen. Schuitmaker.
May 19th 2015
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (front right) testified on May 19 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Senate Bill 328, which would update the grades and duties for members of the Michigan State Police by removing the term "policewoman" from state statute, as well as adding the rank and titles of inspector and recruit to state statute. Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, was joined in testimony by State Police Colonel Kriste Etue (front left).
May 19th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, celebrates with 4-year-old Calise Manning, of Kalamazoo, after presenting her with the Michigan Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association's 2015 Child Hero award during the group's annual 9-1-1 Conference and Exhibit Show.
May 18th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, today presented 4-year-old Calise Manning, of Kalamazoo, with the Michigan Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association's 2015 Child Hero award during the group's annual 9-1-1 Conference and Exhibit Show. O'Brien, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and other conference attendees posed for a photo with Manning's family after the presentation.
May 18th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, today presented 4-year-old Calise Manning, of Kalamazoo, with the Michigan Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association's 2015 Child Hero award during the group's annual 9-1-1 Conference and Exhibit Show. O'Brien, Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and other conference attendees posed for a photo with Manning's family after the presentation.
May 18th 2015
State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, (center) presents a state tribute signed by Nofs and Gov. Rick Snyder to Belding Middle School Principal Joel Olson and other school staff and administrators. Belding Middle School was awarded the third-place spot in the 2015 Michigan School Wellness Awards.
May 13th 2015
LANSING - State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with Principal Rebecca Crosby of Akron-Fairgrove Elementary as she accepts a tribute from the senator acknowledging the school as a 2015 School Wellness Award recipient.
May 13th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, speaks with an attendee at the 2015 Senior and Veterans Expo in Mattawan.
May 12th 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, welcomed the Rev. Jamey Nichols to the Michigan Capitol. Nichols serves as senior pastor at First Congregational Church in Stanton and delivered the invocation before Senate session on Wednesday.
May 7th 2015
LANSING - State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, delivered the Senate invocation Thursday morning in honor of the National Day of Prayer, which falls on the first Thursday in May each year.
May 7th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomes guests to the Capitol as part of Michigan Community Action's Day at the Capitol event and Community Action Awards ceremony. At the ceremony, Zorn was named the organization's Legislator of the Year. Pictured from left are: Michelle Swartz, Stephanie Kasprzak, Zorn, Jessica Hensley-Smithers and Billiejo Dye.
May 6th 2015
LANSING - State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, (left) welcomed Pastor Adam Mashni to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Mashni serves as pastor at Northridge Church of Plymouth and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
May 5th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, accepts the Michigan Community Action Legislator of the Year award as Michigan Community Action Board President John Stephenson and Executive Director Kate White look on. Zorn was honored for his work on legislation to assist low income residents with weatherizing their homes.
May 5th 2015
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, (left) is pictured with Pastor Enoch Olson (center), and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Wednesday, April 29. Olson, of Ludington, who is a retired director of Spring Hill Camps in Evart, delivered the invocation before Senate session.
May 1st 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, present a special tribute to Central Michigan University Men's Basketball Head Coach Keno Davis honoring the team's 2015 Mid-American Conference regular season championship. Team players also participated in the ceremony on the Senate floor during session on Thursday.
May 1st 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, welcomed the 2014-15 Central Michigan University Men's Basketball team to the Michigan Senate on Thursday. The team was recognized during session for winning the 2015 Mid-American Conference regular season championship. The entire team joined Emmons (back center right) and Cotter (back left) as they presented Head Coach Keno Davis (back center left) with a tribute recognizing the team's achievement. The tribute was signed by Emmons, Cotter and Gov. Rick Snyder.
May 1st 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, welcomed the 2015 Central Michigan University Women's Gymnastics team to the Michigan Senate on Thursday. The team was honored during session for winning the 2015 Mid-American Conference regular season championship. The team joined Emmons and Cotter as they presented Coach Jerry Reighard with a tribute recognizing the team's achievement. The tribute was signed by Emmons, Cotter and Gov. Rick Snyder.
May 1st 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, welcomed the Central Michigan University Women's Field Hockey team to the Michigan Senate on Thursday. The team was honored during session for winning the 2014 Mid-American Conference regular season championship. The team joined Emmons and Cotter as they presented former head coach and current Senior Associate Athletic Director Cristy Freese and current Head Coach Molly Pelowski with a tribute recognizing the team's achievement. The tribute was signed by Emmons, Cotter and Gov. Rick Snyder.
May 1st 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley welcomed David Pendley (center) to the state Capitol on Thursday. Pendley is a minister to students and family in Midland and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
April 30th 2015
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, speaks with Joshua and Yolanda Wade of Ann Arbor on the Capitol lawn during the 2015 Second Amendment March. Each year advocates from around Michigan gather on the Capitol steps and invite elected officials to show their support for the Second Amendment.
April 27th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, (center) flipped pancakes on Saturday during the annual United Way Pancake Breakfast at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds in Centreville. Proos was joined by volunteers from the St. Joseph County United Way, which puts on the breakfast during the annual Home and Garden Expo.
April 23rd 2015
State Sen. Peter MacGregor (pictured front row, right) poses for a photo with the 2015 Michigan High School Athletic Association Class B state champion boys basketball team from Wyoming Godwin Heights High School. MacGregor honored the with a special tribute during Senate session Thursday, April 23, 2015.
April 23rd 2015
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt poses for a photo with the 2015 Michigan High School Athletic Association Class D state champion girls basketball team from St. Ignace La Salle High School. Schmidt honored the team with a special tribute during Senate session on Thursday, April 23, 2015.
April 23rd 2015
Cutline for Zorn Invocation photo William Ivan Thu 4/23/2015 3:29 PM To: Pattrick Yockey; Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Rev. Jim Smalarz to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Father Smalarz serves as a pastor at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Monroe and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
April 23rd 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, addresses the crowd at the Michigan Children's Trust Fund (MCTF) rally on the Capitol steps Thursday morning. The MCTF hosts a rally every year at the Capitol and invites elected officials to speak in an effort to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse in Michigan.
April 23rd 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, met with Brandywine Machine Tool Academy student Brian Bosler at the Capitol on Wednesday during CTE Showcase 2015. The academy?s exhibit showed the work the students are doing with engraving machinery. The showcase highlights career and technical education (CTE) programs in Michigan each spring. Programs from around the state are selected that represent career pathways and opportunities for CTE students statewide.
April 22nd 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, met with Brandywine Machine Tool Academy students Brian Bosler and Kaytlyn Metz at the Capitol on Wednesday during CTE Showcase 2015. Their exhibit showed the work they are doing with engraving machinery. Also pictured is Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Berrien Springs, (back center).
April 22nd 2015
Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomed the U.P. Ambassadors, with members from Houghton, Marquette, Dickinson and Delta counties, to his Lansing office Tuesday. The U.P. Ambassadors are a group of business, education, community and government leaders from across the Upper Peninsula with a mission to promote and foster economic vitality and carry the U.P. story to others.
April 21st 2015
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, is joined by representatives from the Bay County Clerk's office, Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, Michigan State Police and Oakland County Sherriff, Mike Bouchard's office as his bill, Senate Bill 34, is signed into law.
April 20th 2015
LANSING-Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, took part in the Official State of Michigan Holocaust Commemoration today. Meekhof was joined by Holocaust survivors Sabina Heller, Ernie Kappel, Stefa Kupfer, Naum Layer and Esther Lupyan in the lighting of a commemoration candle to honor all of those hurt during this tragic historical event.
April 20th 2015
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with Gov. Rick Snyder during a bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 34 last week.
April 17th 2015
State Sens. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, and Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, (right) stand with Gov. Rick Snyder (seated) after he signed into law Senate Bills 54 and 55, now Public Acts 12 and 13 of 2015. The laws outlaw the use of certain unmanned aerial or submersible vehicles to harass or stalk hunters or anglers and ensure that such vehicles can't be used to take game.
April 15th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Miss Michigan KT Maviglia to the Capitol on Wednesday to announce legislation to provide Michigan children up to age 21 with necessary hearing devices through their health insurance. Maviglia was diagnosed with hearing loss at age nine and was crowned 2014 Miss Michigan in June last year with the platform "Listen Up: Advocating for those with hearing disabilities." She has worked with Zorn to craft the Senate measure.
April 15th 2015
LANSING, Mich.-Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomed pastor David Grant (right) and his wife Bonnie Grant (center) from Escanaba Church of Christ in Escanaba to the Michigan Senate Wednesday. Grant delivered the invocation before Senate session.
April 15th 2015
Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, stands with elected officials and volunteers from Oakland County following Thursday's pinwheel planting ceremony to raise awareness for child abuse in the state of Michigan.
April 7th 2015
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, has announced that an impressive art collection from students of St. John Amelith Lutheran School in Bay City is on display in his Lansing office. The art was submitted by teacher Rachel Price.
April 6th 2015
Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, front row, second right, stands with the staff from CARE House Oakland County following a tour of their facilities Wednesday morning.
April 1st 2015
LANSING-State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomed the North Central High School Jets boys basketball team from Powers, Michigan to the Capitol on Thursday. The Jets were in Lansing to play in the MHSAA Class D state semifinals game at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. The Jets went on to win the Class D state championship game on Saturday, their first state title since 1984.
March 30th 2015
Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, (left) looks on as Troy Henderson, a historian with the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee, gives testimony on the history of mining in Michigan via videoconference on Wednesday in the Senate Natural Resources Committee.
March 26th 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speaks during the Shine the Light on Human Trafficking Day at the Capitol. The event, "Phase II - Key to the Future," was part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about trafficking and support survivors.
March 26th 2015
Cook County (IL) Circuit Court Associate Judge Rosemary Grant Higgins (Ret.) shared her story of addressing human trafficking and helping survivors of the sex trade in the court system. Higgins was a featured guest speaker for the Shine the Light on Human Trafficking Day at the Capitol hosted by Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan.
March 26th 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, speaks during the Shine the Light on Human Trafficking Day at the Capitol. The event, "Phase II - Key to the Future," was part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about trafficking and support survivors.
March 26th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, on Wednesday testified before the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee about the need to protect Michigan drivers and consumers by requiring that drivers connected to Uber carry commercial insurance, have a commercial vehicle plate and maintain a chauffer's license. Senate Bill 188 simply includes transportation network drivers under the existing limousine act.
March 26th 2015
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, welcomed pastor David Williams from Dorr Baptist Church in Dorr to the Michigan Senate Wednesday.
March 25th 2015
Katy Sherwood, widow of Clare County Deputy Kevin Sherwood, testifies in support of Senate Bill 218, which would guarantee health care benefits for the surviving spouse and dependents of officers who die in the line of duty. Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, who sponsored the bill, is pictured left.
March 25th 2015
Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth testifies in support of Senate Bill 218, which would guarantee health care benefits for the surviving spouse and dependents of officers who die in the line of duty. Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, who sponsored the bill, is pictured right.
March 25th 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, received the 2014 Healthcare Worker Safety Award on March 18 from the International Sharps Injury Prevention Society and StaffandPatientSafety.org for her work promoting staff and patient safety in health care. Dr. Michael Sinnott, co-founder of StaffAndPatientSafety.org, (left) and David W. Baetens, director of marketing for OakMed Products in Clarkston, presented the award to Emmons for co-sponsoring resolutions to promote a culture of safety for health care workers and patients.
March 24th 2015
State Sen. Phil Pavlov (left) and Rep. Paul Muxlow (center) attended the 4-H Capitol Experience Ceremony and Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday to honor several students from the 25th Senate District who participated in the program. Pictured with the legislators are David Fountain, of St. Clair; Riley Good, of Sandusky; Keely Holbrook, of Croswell; Evan Tino, of Sandusky; and Becca Winalis, of New Baltimore.
March 24th 2015
Shannon Kochis speaks in support of Billy's Law, Senate Bill 153, sponsored by state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City (pictured left) at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.
March 24th 2015
Mary Jo Pomeroy speaks in support of Billy's Law, Senate Bill 153, sponsored by state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City (pictured left) at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.
March 24th 2015
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed Bonnie Alfonso, president and CEO of Alfie Logo Gear and chairwoman of the board of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), to Wednesday's committee hearing. Alfonso, who is from Traverse City, was on hand as SBAM staff testified before the committee on Michigan's economic climate, entrepreneurialism and workforce development.
March 19th 2015
LANSING-Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed several young leaders from the Lapeer County Young Republicans to the state Capitol for an inside look at state government on Wednesday.
March 19th 2015
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, poses for a photo with members of the Houghton Middle School EcoChallenge team on the floor of the Senate chamber Wednesday. The students were in Lansing to give a presentation to the Senate Natural Resources Committee, which Casperson chairs, about invasive plant species.
March 19th 2015
LANSING-State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, (right) welcomed Pastor Justin Powell to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Powell serves as pastor at Northridge Church of Plymouth and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
March 19th 2015
LANSING-State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, (left) welcomed the Rev. Glenn G. Grant to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Grant serves as pastor at Kirkridge Presbyterian Church of Grand Blanc and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
March 18th 2015
State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, (center) received the 2014 Healthcare Worker Safety Award for his work promoting staff and patient safety in health care. Dr. Michael Sinnott, co-founder of StaffAndPatientSafety.org, (left) and David W. Baetens, director of marketing for OakMed Products in Clarkston, presented the award to Marleau.
March 18th 2015
State Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (center) received the 2014 Healthcare Worker Safety Award for his work promoting staff and patient safety in health care. Dr. Michael Sinnott, co-founder of StaffAndPatientSafety.org, (left) and David W. Baetens, director of marketing for OakMed Products in Clarkston, presented the award to Kowall.
March 18th 2015
LANSING-Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, received the "Healthcare Worker Safety" award on Wednesday from the International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS) and StaffandPatientSafety.org for his work in crafting Senate Resolution 46.
March 18th 2015
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, (center) received the 2014 Healthcare Worker Safety Award for his work promoting staff and patient safety in health care. Dr. Michael Sinnott, co-founder of StaffAndPatientSafety.org, (left) and David W. Baetens, director of marketing for OakMed Products in Clarkston, presented the award to Hansen.
March 18th 2015
State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, welcomed Pastor Don Derby (right) to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Derby, who pastors Heritage United Methodist Church in Snover, delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session.
March 17th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, celebrated National Reading Month on Friday by reading the classic Dr. Seuss book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" to young children at Rainbow Child Care Center in St. Joseph.
March 13th 2015
LANSING-State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, joins Gov. Rick Snyder as he signs Senate Bill 888, Hildenbrand's legislation enacting the "Continuing Care Community Disclosure Act" that regulates senior care facilities, including retirement communities, homes for the aged, independent living facilities, nursing homes, home care agencies, and hospice treatment.
March 12th 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, reads to students at Laingsburg Elementary School in Laingsburg as part of "March is Reading Month." Jones also talked with the students about the importance of literacy to success in school and in life.
March 12th 2015
State Sen. Mike Kowall honored several military veterans from the Abbey Park senior living facility in New Hudson during Senate session on Wednesday. The group included veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Pictured, from left, are: Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton; Joe Salvia, Michigan National Guard; William Clogg, U.S. Navy; Joseph Sammon, U.S. Navy; Phyllis Trestler, U.S. Marines; Thomas Trestler, U.S. Marines; Kowall; John Bell, U.S. Navy; Joan Morgan, Royal Air Force; Edward Hallo, U.S. Army; Brian McDonald, U.S. Marines; and Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc.
March 12th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Rep. Aaron Miller, R-Sturgis, (left) welcome Pastor Ross Gerber and his wife Jennifer to the state Capitol. Gerber serves as a pastor with Grace Christian Fellowship in Sturgis and delivered the invocation before Senate session on Thursday.
March 12th 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, accepted the newly created Legislative Leadership Award from the Michigan Section of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Jones is the first recipient of the award, and was recognized for his leadership on Public Act 556 of 2014 that supports ham radio operators. Pictured from left: ARRL Great Lakes Director Dale Williams; ARRL State Government Liaison for Michigan Ed Hude; Jones; Larry Camp, ARRL section manager for Michigan; and ARRL Local Government Liaison Butch Hedges.
March 11th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien welcomed Pastor Beth Jones, of the Valley Family Church, in Portage, to the Senate chamber on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Jones delivered the invocation before Senate session.
March 11th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien welcomed Pastor Beth Jones, of the Valley Family Church, in Portage, to the Senate chamber on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Jones delivered the invocation before Senate session.
March 11th 2015
Sen. Peter MacGregor testifies before the Senate Finance Committee in support of Senate Bill 82, which relieves companies providing software as a service from paying state sales and use tax.
March 10th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed fourth-grade students from Custer Elementary Campus in Monroe to the Michigan Senate on Thursday. The students visited with Zorn and met Lt. Gov. Brian Calley during their day long tour, which included a tour of the Capitol and a stop at the Michigan Historical Museum.
March 6th 2015
LANSING-Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, welcomed Rev. Mark Neymeiyer (left) to the Michigan Capitol today. Mark Neymeiyer is the Reverend of Rusk Christian Reformed Church of Allendale and delivered the invocation before the Senate session.
March 5th 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, plunges into an ice-cold pool in front of the Capitol on Thursday. Jones and other legislators participated in the 2015 Legislative Polar Plunge to help raise money for Special Olympics Michigan, a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Jones is a member of the Special Olympics Michigan board and participated in his sixth polar plunge. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and members and staff of the Michigan House and Senate also took the plunge.
March 5th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, meets with B&L Information Systems President and CEO Phil Laney on Monday before touring the business's Bridgman facility.
March 4th 2015
State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, stands in the Senate chamber with Pastor Keith Barr (right) of Family Worship Center in Rochester Hills. Barr gave the invocation before the start of the Senate session
March 4th 2015
State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, welcomed Senior Pastor Doug Bergsma of the Resurrection Life Church, in Rockford, to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Pastor Bergsma delivered the invocation before the start of the Senate session.
March 3rd 2015
State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, welcomed Senior Pastor Doug Bergsma of the Resurrection Life Church, in Rockford, to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Pastor Bergsma delivered the invocation before the start of the Senate session.
March 3rd 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, celebrates March is Reading Month with 100 fourth-grade students at Howard-Ellis Elementary School in Niles.
March 3rd 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, speaks to members of the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee about the importance of connecting veterans with employment information and benefits that they earned while serving America. The committee approved Senate Bill 52, which gives the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency responsibility for sending out the state's outreach to veterans returning home.
February 26th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, who chairs the Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee, welcomed Veterans of Foreign Wars State Adjutant William Coats, Sr. Vice Commander Paul McIvor and Commander Steve Meredith; Marine Corps League Commandant Norm Pfaff and Director Bill Traylor; and Disabled American Veterans State Executive Secretary Robert Gaillard to the Feb. 26, 2015 committee meeting.
February 26th 2015
State Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, welcomed Pastor Brad Hulcy (center) of Woodside Bible Church in White Lake to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Pastor Hulcy gave the invocation before the start of the Senate session.
February 26th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, addresses members of the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm about the importance of weatherization in helping keep low-income Michigan families warm. Zorn spoke after participating in the coalition's second annual "mini-walk" to kick-off its Day at the Capitol.
February 19th 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, proudly welcomed Pastor Marc Livingston (right) to the Michigan Senate. Livingston serves as pastor at Chester Gospel Church in Charlotte and delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session on Thursday.
February 19th 2015
Pastor Marc Livingston (center) of Chester Gospel Church in Charlotte delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session on Thursday. Livingston was the guest of Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, and was joined for the invocation by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (right).
February 19th 2015
Wednesday marked the 2015 Michigan Fire Service Coalition Day at the Capitol in Lansing. Pictured (left to right) from the Howell Fire Department are Les Rodwell, deputy fire chief and Andy Pless, fire chief; Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg; and from the Brighton Fire Department, Mike Evans, deputy fire chief and Michael O'Brian, fire chief
February 18th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, (right) U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (center) and Frankenmuth Schools Superintendent Mary Anne Ackerman (left) presented the "Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club Youth Volunteers of the Year" award at the club's weekly breakfast meeting to this year's winners: Mark Sylvester and Abigail Vaughn of Frankenmuth High School.
February 18th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, participates in the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm's second annual "mini-walk" as part of the coalition's Day at the Capitol. Zorn later addressed the coalition's members about the importance of weatherization in helping keep low-income Michigan families warm.
February 18th 2015
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, welcomes Roger Cahaney (right) and Cahaney's wife Rosemary Cahaney (left) to the Michigan Senate.
February 17th 2015
The Marquette County Road Commission testifies in the joint Senate Transportation and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Tuesday in Lansing.
February 17th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Rep. Aaron Miller, R-Sturgis (center right) congratulated ?Dowagiac City Clerk Jim Snow (center left) on his retirement on Friday after more than 30 years of dedicated service to the city. Joining Proos and Miller in paying tribute to Snow on his last day was Clay McCausland (right) from Congressman Fred Upton's office.
February 13th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomes Chaplain Karlene Hattrick of Frankenmuth American Legion Post 150 to the Michigan Capitol. Hattrick (center right) was joined by Senior Vice Commander Dave Hoffman (right) and Junior Vice Commander Art Diffin of Frankenmuth American Legion Post 150 as she delivered the Senate invocation Thursday morning.
February 12th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, congratulated Jim Kapnick of Kapnick Insurance Group at the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Kapnick Insurance was recognized with a Spirit of Michigan Award by the Michigan Association of United Ways for its contributions to the community through their local United Way. The Adrian-based business was nominated for the honor by the United Ways of Lenawee and Washtenaw counties. Pictured from left: Amy Palmer, Lenawee United Way CEO; Zorn; Kapnick; Scott Dzurka, president and CEO of the Michigan Association of United Ways; and Pam Smith, CEO of the United Way of Washtenaw County.
February 11th 2015
Members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees listen to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 budget presentation this morning.
February 11th 2015
Members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees listen to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 budget presentation this morning.
February 11th 2015
Members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees listen to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 budget presentation this morning.
February 11th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, received the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) on Friday. MDA President Dr. Martin Makowski (right) presented the award to Stamas in recognition of his efforts to improve access to dental care.
February 9th 2015
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, received the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) on Friday. MDA President Dr. Martin Makowski (right) presented the award to Hune in recognition of his efforts to improve access to dental care.
February 6th 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder received an embroidered vest last month from Denny Olsen (right) of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association and Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba (center). Olsen presented the Stormy Kromer vest embroidered with the state's annual Christmas tree to Snyder on behalf of Gina Jacquart Thorsen, the company's vice president.
February 5th 2015
Dr. Maki (right) of the Michigan Optometric Association presented Sen. Joe Hune, R- Hamburg, with the organization's 2014 Legislator of the Year Award on Wednesday.
February 4th 2015
Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (third from right) celebrates the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the Novi Hobby Lobby on Monday.
February 3rd 2015
Senators Margaret O'Brien, Tonya Schuitmaker, Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons show their support for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement. Go Red for Women is a national movement, created by women, for women, that is dedicated to increasing awareness about heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in the U.S.
January 29th 2015
Senators Margaret O'Brien, Tonya Schuitmaker, Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons show their support for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement. Go Red for Women is a national movement, created by women, for women, that is dedicated to increasing awareness about heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in the U.S.
January 29th 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, joins Sens. Margaret O'Brien, Tonya Schuitmaker and Rebekah Warren at the Capitol to show their support for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women initiative. Go Red for Women is a national movement dedicated to increasing awareness about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in women in the U.S.
January 29th 2015
Senators Margaret O'Brien, Tonya Schuitmaker, Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons show their support for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement. Go Red for Women is a national movement, created by women, for women, that is dedicated to increasing awareness about heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in the U.S.
January 29th 2015
State Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, and Gov. Rick Snyder (seated) hold Public Act 537 of 2014 at a ceremonial bill signing by the governor on Tuesday. The measure, sponsored by Kowall, is part of a package of bills addressing the problems caused by non-native species to Michigan's ecosystems.
January 28th 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, welcomes the Rev. George M. Showers (left) to the Michigan Capitol. Showers serves as senior pastor at Seville Community Church of God in Elwell and delivered the invocation before Senate session on Tuesday.
January 28th 2015
State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, and guests Svenja Koeppe (center) and Laurie Erickson (right) pose for a photo on the Senate floor Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Koeppe is an exchange student from Germany who attends Cadillac High School. Erickson, of Cadillac, is her host mom.
January 28th 2015
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed the North Branch High School 2014 state champion volleyball team along with Head Coach James Fish and Assistant Coaches Olivia Bosch, Lauren Brusie, Sue Fish and Curt June to the state Capitol on Tuesday.
January 27th 2015
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, proudly welcomed Jim Jackson to the Capitol on Tuesday. Jackson (right), an employee at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant and a UAW 652 member, accompanied the senator for Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address.
January 21st 2015
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, stands in the Senate chamber with his brother, David Hansen (left). David joined Sen. Hansen for Gov. Rick Snyder's fifth State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 21st 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, welcomes Dr. Christine Hammond to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address. Hammond (left) is president of Mid Michigan Community College and was Emmons' guest for the annual address on Tuesday night.
January 21st 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Bill White to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday night before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address. White (right) is a business owner from Hudson and was Zorn's guest for the annual address.
January 21st 2015
Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomes Executive Director of Public Affairs for Consumer Energy, Linda Sims, to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address. Sims (right) was Horn's guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 21st 2015
Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, welcomes President and CEO of Genesys Health Systems, Betsey Aderholt to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address. Aderholt (right) was Robertson's guest for the annual address Tuesday night.
January 21st 2015
State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, stands in the Senate chamber with Lake Orion Village Council President Ken Van Portfliet (left). Van Portfliet joined Marleau for Gov. Rick Snyder's fifth State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 21st 2015
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, stands in the Senate chamber with Jackson County GOP Executive Committee Member Hank Choate (left). Choate joined Shirkey for Gov. Rick Snyder's fifth State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 21st 2015
Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomes Gary Benjamin (left) and Joe Basso to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address.
January 21st 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed Mary Draves of Midland to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday night before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address. Draves (right) is the global director for environmental remediation and restoration at Dow Chemical and was Stamas' guest for the annual address.
January 21st 2015
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, stands at his desk in the Senate chamber with Lake Superior State University President Dr. Thomas Plager (left). Plager joined Schmidt for Gov. Rick Snyder's fifth State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 21st 2015
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, stands at his desk in the Senate chamber with Captain Sean M. Cross, commanding officer for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station Traverse City (middle), and Commander Shad S. Soldano, executive officer - USCG Air Station Traverse City (right). The guardsmen joined Schmidt for Gov. Rick Snyder's fifth State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 21st 2015
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, (second from left) welcomed the following guests to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address Tuesday night: Gordon Rosberg (from left), Michigan American Legion Legislative Chairman Doug Williams, Sherry Swann and J-Ad Graphics Inc. Vice President Fred Jacobs.
January 21st 2015
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, welcomes Dave Grissom (right) to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address. Grissom was Hune's guest for the annual address Tuesday night."
January 21st 2015
State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, stands in the Senate chamber with Dr. Vijay Kumar PT, PHD, DPT, MD. Kumar, of West Branch, joined Booher for Gov. Rick Snyder's fifth State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.
January 21st 2015
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, welcomes Jim Wiseley (left) and Jonathan Waldron to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address. Wiseley and Waldron, both teachers, were Schuitmaker's guests for the annual address Tuesday night."
January 21st 2015
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, welcomed Pastor Wayne Muri (right) to the Michigan Capitol last week. Wayne Muri is the Pastor of Lakeshore Baptist Church in Grand Haven and delivered the invocation before the Senate inaugural swearing in ceremony.
January 21st 2015
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, (second from left) welcomed the following guests to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 State of the State address Tuesday night: Gordon Rosberg (from left), Michigan American Legion Legislative Chairman Doug Williams, Sherry Swann and J-Ad Graphics Inc. Vice President Fred Jacobs
January 21st 2015
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, (left) welcomed Pastor Don Buege, of Fife Lake, to the Senate chamber on Jan. 20, 2015. Buege, who pastors the East Boardman United Methodist Church and South Boardman United Methodist Church in Kalkaska County, delivered the invocation before Senate session
January 20th 2015
Sen. Mike Kowall directs the floor proceedings as the new Senate majority floor leader for the 98th Legislature. Kowall, R-White Lake, was sworn in as senator of the 15th District for a second term on Wednesday.
January 15th 2015
State Sen. Mike Shirkey was sworn in as senator of the 16th District on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administered the oath of office. Shirkey was joined on the Senate floor by his wife, mother, and several children and grandchildren.
January 15th 2015
State Sen. Jim Marleau was sworn in as senator of the 12th District on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young administered the oath of office.
January 15th 2015
Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, was sworn in as senator for the 7th District on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administered the oath of office. Colbeck was joined on the Senate floor by his wife Angie, his father Bill and dozens of supporters from the 7th Senate District and across the state.
January 15th 2015
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, was sworn in as senator for the 36th District during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administered the oath of office. Stamas was joined on the Senate floor by his wife, Marsha, and his family.
January 14th 2015
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Twp., was sworn in as senator for the 30th District during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administered the oath of office. Meekhof was joined on the Senate floor by his wife and his family.
January 14th 2015
Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young (left) administers the oath of office to state Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart (right), while Hansen's family members look on.
January 14th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, participated in a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday at the state Capitol with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administering the oath of office.
January 14th 2015
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, participated in a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday at the state Capitol with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administering the oath of office.
January 14th 2015
Senator Tonya Schuitmaker is sworn in as the state senator from Michigan's 26th district in West Michigan. Picture (l to r): Chief Justice Robert Young, husband Steve Mucci, parents Zoe and Harold Schuitmaker.
January 14th 2015
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, was sworn in as senator of the 33rd District during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young administered the oath of office. Emmons was joined on the Senate floor by her husband, Jerry; her mother, Phebe; and her family.
January 14th 2015
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, (second from left) poses for a photo with his family after being sworn in by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young (far left).
January 14th 2015
State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, was sworn in Wednesday as a member of the 98th Michigan Legislature. Nofs will assume the title of Dean of the Senate as he begins his seventh year of service. Nofs was first elected in a 2009 special election to fill an unexpired term.
January 14th 2015
State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, is sworn in by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young as his wife, Christine, and son, Matthew, look on.
January 14th 2015
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, is sworn in as senator of the 20th District by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young, as family and friends look on.
January 14th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, was sworn in as senator of the 17th District during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administered the oath of office. Zorn was joined on the Senate floor by his wife, Cindy; son, Jason; daughter-in-law, Ashley; and friends Bruce and Kim Diven.
January 14th 2015
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomes family and friends to the Senate for a swearing-in ceremony as senator for the 17th District. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administered the oath of office. Pictured from left: Bruce Diven; Young; Kim Diven; Zorn; Zorn's wife, Cindy; daughter-in-law, Ashley; and son, Jason.
January 14th 2015
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, was sworn in as senator for the 22nd District on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administered the oath of office.
January 14th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, participated in a swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administering the oath of office. Proos was joined on the Senate floor by his wife, Kristy, their three children and his mother- and father-in-law, Noreen and Marty Meysenburg.
January 14th 2015
State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, participated in Wednesday's swearing-in at the state Capitol with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administering the oath of office.
January 14th 2015
Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, joins his family on the Senate floor after being sworn in for a second term as state senator from the 29th District.
January 14th 2015
Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, and his family are joined by Gov. Rick Snyder (center, left) and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (right) after being sworn in for a second term as state senator from the 29th District.
January 14th 2015
State Sen. Darwin Booher is sworn in as senator of the 35th district by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young during a ceremony at the state Capitol as his family looks on.
January 14th 2015
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, donates to the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Joining Proos are volunteers from Berrien RESA who were ringing bells, singing carols and collecting money for the Salvation Army. Pictured from left: Kelli Campbell, Amy Williams, Proos, Sue Kruck and Ann Bingham.
December 18th 2014
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, welcomed pastors Troy Gentz (right) and Jason Bull (left) from Freshwater Community Church in Paw Paw to the Michigan Senate Wednesday. Gentz delivered the invocation before Senate session.
December 2nd 2014
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, accepts the prestigious Defender of FreedomAward from Dakota Moore of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Moore presented Green with the NRA's top legislative honor on Thursday, which recognizes legislators who have championed the rights of gun owners and sportsmen.
November 13th 2014