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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 9th 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 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

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