Rep. Sheppard leaps to support Special Olympics

Lawmaker, colleagues take dip for Polar Plunge event LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Jason Sheppard joined his colleagues this afternoon for an icy plunge in support of Special Olympics Michigan. Despite below-freezing temperatures on the Capitol lawn, the southeast Michigan representative embraced the challenge of the 4th Annual Legislative Polar Plunge.

Rep. Johnson’s guest Elder Comer delivers House invocation

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, was joined by special guest Elder William R. Comer of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Harrison to give the invocation before the House session Tuesday. From left: Comer’s son, Scotty; wife Candace; William Comer and Rep. Johnson.

Rep. Glenn invites local pastor for House invocation

Pastor Jim Payne of Midland, who has served as senior pastor of Midland Baptist Church on Jefferson Avenue for 23 years, Feb. 26 offered the opening prayer for the state House of Representatives in Lansing. Pastor Payne was invited to pray by state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, who is a member of Midland Baptist. Rep. Glenn reported…

Fire safety leaders meet lawmakers in Lansing

Fire safety leaders and personnel from across Michigan visited the state Capitol in Lansing Feb. 25 for the 2015 Michigan Fire Service Coalition Fire Caucus Luncheon with legislators. The coalition is comprised of the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union, the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society, the Michigan Fire Service Instructors, the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Michigan…

Rep. Cox welcomes Livonia group’s new ideas for local government funding

State Rep. Laura Cox today hosted the Livonia based Citizens Research Council for its testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government on new alternatives and recommendations for local government funding. “I was pleased to welcome CRC to the meeting because they have a history of providing unbiased information on many hotly debated issues…

Rep. Rendon named vice chair of 24-member Hispanic caucus

Lawmaker honored to advocate for Michigan Hispanics State Rep. Bruce Rendon has been selected to serve as vice chair of the bipartisan Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus (MLHC), which will focus on issues of concern for Hispanics and all Michiganders. “Legislators from across the state joined this caucus to listen to our diverse and growing Hispanic…

Glenn invited to join Hispanic caucus in Lansing

Lansing, Mich. — Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, on Thursday joined the bipartisan Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus at the invitation of newly-elected caucus chairman Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit and vice-chairman Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City. Glenn is not Hispanic, but the caucus by-laws state that “MLHC is committed to diversity and actively seeks to elect and recruit individuals from…

#MIstory: Sheppard’s office doubles as gallery for local artists

When lawmakers arrive in Lansing to prepare for a new term, their office walls are like a blank canvas. Which over time, often blossom into welcoming displays with local Michigan charm. State Rep. Jason Sheppard has Monroe-area art on display in his Lansing office, and when visitors come to the office they have the opportunity to learn…