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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

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