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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

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