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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

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