Rep. VerHeulen named vice chair of House Appropriations Committee

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House Speaker Tom Leonard announced today that House Majority Whip Rep. Rob VerHeulen, of Walker, will serve as vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

VerHeulen will also serve as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittees on General Government and Judiciary.

“I’m looking forward to serving as vice chair of Appropriations because it is such an influential committee and core function of the Legislature,” Rep. VerHeulen said. “I am dedicated to ensuring that the House delivers yet another balanced budget to the governor months ahead of schedule to continue to move Michigan forward.”

VerHeulen served on the House Appropriations Committee during his first and second term as state representative. The third-term lawmaker will also serve as House Majority Whip for the second consecutive term.

“I have obtained valuable knowledge serving in the Legislature when it comes to good budgeting practices and I’m committed to remaining focused on the financial needs of the state,” Rep. VerHeulen said. “I also intend to use my leadership role to encourage positive legislation to address my constituents’ concerns and remain the voice of my local community.”

The lawmaker also will be serving on the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Higher Education and Environmental Quality.

First elected to serve in November 2012, VerHeulen served many years as an attorney for Meijer, Inc. and most recently as the general counsel to The Meijer Foundation.

VerHeulen represents the cities of Walker, Grandville, Rockford and Cedar Springs, as well as Solon, Tyrone, Sparta, Algoma and Alpine townships.