The Spirit of the Season

House Republicans encourage you to have a safe, happy, charitable December Whatever your traditions this time of year, the holidays are a time of giving. Whether that means gifts for loved ones, time spent with family or acts of service, ’tis the season for thinking about others. That’s why many lawmakers, such as state Reps….

Rep. Barrett: Feedback from residents is essential to his job

State Rep. Tom Barrett of Eaton County is always looking for feedback from local residents. Listening to the concerns of constituents allows him to better represent area residents and families. That’s why the freshman lawmaker hosts office hours at multiple locations throughout the district on a regular basis. “This is an opportunity for me to…

Rep. Iden continues important volunteer efforts after becoming lawmaker

After years spent contributing volunteer time and manpower to the Kalamazoo community, Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo isn’t stopping anytime soon. “The holiday season offers a unique opportunity to reflect and give back to those most in need of help,” Rep. Iden said. Perhaps the two most recognizable of the many holiday giving programs in…

Rep. Sheppard lends a hand to local Habitat for Humanity project

As a real estate agent and homeowner, State Rep. Jason Sheppard knows a thing or two about the importance of a well-built house. To start with, you have to think of a home as more than property. Whether you’re owning or renting, the craftsmanship and upkeep of your dwelling isn’t just about having obtained a…

Rep. Bizon works with local community to help make Sojourner Truth museum a reality

Rep. John Bizon has been working with the local Battle Creek community to help preserve the area’s important historical legacy. Rep. Bizon introduced a bill earlier this month to create a fund-raising registration license plate for Sojourner Truth. Rep. Bizon was approached by the Sojourner Truth Museum to help create a license plate honoring the…

Rep. Barrett: ‘No vet should be homeless on Veterans Day’

Rep. Tom Barrett, chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and the only Iraq War veteran serving in the state House, spent Veterans Day serving veterans throughout his community. Rep. Barrett, a U.S. Army veteran, began the day at the MSU Student Veterans Breakfast at Spartan Stadium and then was the keynote speaker…

Legislators: Hope, optimism are key when dealing with breast cancer

This month, Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, has taken up such contentious issues as literacy and abortion prevention, seeing both advance to the House floor. But there is another, more personal, issue that grabbed her attention during the month of October. Price stood with fellow Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, before the full House of Representatives…