Rep. VerHeulen named vice chair of House Appropriations Committee

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…

Rep. Kesto named chair of Law and Justice Committee

House Speaker Tom Leonard announced today that state Rep. Klint Kesto, of Commerce Township, will lead the House Law and Justice Committee. Kesto said his experience as an assistant prosecuting attorney will be invaluable as the Law and Justice Committee addresses key issues affecting Michigan families. “We made great progress last session resolving legislation related…

Rep. Runestad named chair of Judiciary Committee

House Speaker Tom Leonard today announced state Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will lead the House Judiciary Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session. As an Oakland County commissioner, Runestad served as chair of both the Public Services Committee and Planning and Building Committee for three terms and worked with various county commissions to improve…

Cole named chair of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

House Speaker Tom Leonard announced today that State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, will lead the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and serve on other key committees including Energy Policy, Judiciary and Michigan Competitiveness. “I’m thankful for the confidence that Speaker Tom Leonard has in my ability to chair the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,”…

Rep. Runestad applauds increased House transparency

The Michigan House of Representatives recently reintroduced the financial disclosure and transparency website and made House employee salary information available to the public. State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, issued the following statement regarding the recent decision: “I’m commend House Speaker Tom Leonard on his decision to disclose this financial information publicly. “I’ve met…

Rep. Hernandez Praises Commitment to Transparency in Michigan House

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard has insisted that the financial disclosure and transparency website for the Michigan House of Representatives now includes access to salary information for representatives and House employees. “When it comes to cleaning up government, I believe sunshine is the best disinfectant,” said Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron).  “I commend Speaker…

Rep. VanSingel announces February office hours

State Rep. Scott VanSingel, of Grant, will hold his first official in-district office hours with residents of Lake, Oceana and Newaygo counties beginning in February.  “I want to get to know all the residents that I represent so that they are assured I am invested in the future of their families, our local communities and…

Rep. Cole announces town hall tour

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, invites residents of Antrim, Otsego, Charlevoix, Montmorency and Oscoda counties to attend one of the town hall tour stops. “It is imperative that I demonstrate transparency and accountability in my office for the residents that I represent,” said Rep. Cole. “The local town hall events offer an opportunity for residents to…

Representative Johnson Announces January Office Hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours. Monday, January 23 Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. — Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “One of my top…

Rep. Johnson issues statement following the State of the State address

Gaines Township supervisor attends as Johnson’s special guest State Rep. Steve Johnson was pleased to welcome Gaines Township Supervisor Robert DeWard to the Capitol on Tuesday as his special guest for Gov. Rick Snyder’s annual State of the State address. “I am honored to represent the residents of Gaines Township at this historic event,” said…

Rep. Steve Johnson sworn in

Takes office as State Representative of the 72nd District On Opening Day of the 99th Michigan Legislature, State Representative Steve Johnson was sworn into office by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman with his family at his side. “I’m optimistic about what we will be able to accomplish in Lansing,” said Rep. Johnson, R-Wayland. “With…

Rep. VanSingel welcomes Oceana County Commissioner to State of the State

LANSING, MI – State Rep. Scott VanSingel, right, welcomed Oceana County Commissioner Andy Sebolt, left, to the state Capitol Tuesday to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. Andy Sebolt is a former specialist for the U.S. Army and served in the National Guard. Rep. VanSingel, R-Grant, represents the residents of Lake, Oceana…