For Immediate Release
Jan. 14, 2015
Contact: Derek Sova
LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker was sworn in today as a member of 98th Michigan Legislature and was re-elected by her colleagues to the office of President Pro Tempore. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the state Capitol building.
“I am excited to get back to work for the citizens of West Michigan,” Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, said. “I’ll continue fighting to ensure our tax dollars are used wisely and that state government is responsive to its citizens.”
Schuitmaker will begin her first term representing Michigan’s newly-created 26th Senate District and her second term as the Senate’s President pro tempore. The 26th District includes all of Allegan and Van Buren Counties, as well as the city of Kentwood and Gaines Township. She previously served four years as the senator for Kalamazoo County and six years in the House of Representatives.
Schuitmaker will continue serving as the vice-chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a member of the Health Policy, Energy & Technology, and Appropriations Committees. She will remain the chairperson for the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee and retain positions on the Capital Outlay, Community Colleges, and Judiciary Appropriations Subcommittees.
“We have accomplished a lot over the last four years. We repealed the onerous Michigan Business Tax and Personal Property Tax, passed Right to Work, balanced the budget on time for four consecutive years and drastically reduced unemployment,” Schuitmaker added. “But there is still more work to be done.”
A contact form and toll-free number have been established in order to communicate with district residents. The contact page can be found at www.senatortonyaschuitmaker.com. The toll-free number for Senator Schuitmaker’s Lansing office is 866-305-2120. Mail can be sent to P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI, 48909.
Thirty-eight state senators and 110 state representatives took the oath of office on Wednesday—the first day of the legislative session.
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