Pagel named vice chair of House Committee on Local Government

Lawmaker also has seat on three other panels State Rep. Dave Pagel today was named vice chair of the House committee on Local Government. A former member of the Berrien County Board of Commission and the Berrien Springs Public School Board, Pagel is familiar with the needs and challenges facing local governments. “Having served residents…

Barron spends legislative day with Rep. McBroom

State Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, welcomed Mitchell Barron of Gladstone to the state Capitol today to job shadow the 108th House District lawmaker. Barron, the son of Bob and Barb Barron, accompanied McBroom to a morning Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee meeting chaired by Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, for a discussion on…

Lyons to Chair Education Committee and Elections & Ethics Committee

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, today was appointed to serve as Chair of the House Education Committee as well as Chair of the House Committee on Elections & Ethics for the 2013-14 legislative session. “I am honored to continue my service as Chair of the House Education Committee, as well as begin serving as…

LaFontaine named chair of House Natural Resources Committee

State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine will chair the House Natural Resources Committee for the 2013-14 legislative term, it was announced today. The natural resources committee oversees such issues as public lands, fisheries and wildlife, parks and trails and the Great Lakes.  LaFontaine was appointed to the chairmanship by House Speaker Jase Bolger. “Serving as the chair…

Rep. Callton posts perfect voting record for first term in office

As the Michigan Legislature begins a new year in Lansing, state Rep. Mike Callton is among a distinguished group of lawmakers with a perfect voting record. Official vote counts confirm that Callton, R-Nashville, did not miss any of the 914 roll call votes taken by the Michigan House during 2012.  Callton, who also posted a…

Rep. Callton hosts Lakewood volleyball champs at state Capitol

State Rep. Mike Callton was joined in Lansing today by the Class B state champion Lakewood High School volleyball team, where legislators helped the Vikings celebrate their big win. Callton was proud to welcome the student-athletes to Lansing, where they enjoyed a tour of the Capitol and were recognized by all of the lawmakers present…

VerHeulen named chair of House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today was appointed by House Speaker Jase Bolger to join the House Appropriations Committee and chair the appropriations subcommittee on transportation. “I am pleased with the way the committee structure has come together and I am ready to get to work on finishing the budget early this year,” said VerHeulen, R-Walker….

O’Brien sponsors heart disease awareness resolution

The state House of Representatives this week approved a resolution authored by state Rep. Margaret O’Brien to recognize February 2013 as American Heart Month in Michigan. “Heart disease is a quiet danger for women,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “Unlike men, heart disease symptoms are unique to each woman, and the symptoms are often common aches or…

Rep. Yonker named vice chair of new committee on state competitiveness

State Rep. Ken Yonker today was appointed by House Speaker Jase Bolger to help lead the newly formed House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness to consider ways to encourage a healthy economy and better quality of life for all residents. “I am very excited about the creation of this new committee, and I’m honored to be…

Potvin appointed to House Appropriations Committee

State Rep. Phil Potvin, today was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, and was named chair of the subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development for the 2013-2014 legislative term. “I am looking forward to a second term as Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee,” said Potvin, R-Cadillac. “Agriculture is the second biggest industry…

Muxlow named chair of the Community Colleges Appropriations Subcommittee

State Rep. Paul Muxlow on Thursday was named chair of the House Community Colleges Appropriations Subcommittee, one of six panels he will serve on as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Muxlow is a former schoolteacher and counselor. He was an instructor at Henry Ford Community College for seven years and served as student…