Rep. Pat Outman, vice-chair of the House Oversight Committee, today voted to subpoena former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director Robert Gordon regarding the separation agreement he signed after departing his role earlier this year. The agreement included a secrecy order and a $155,000 payment using taxpayer funding to stay quiet.
“As a member of the Oversight Committee, I am committed to finding out the true terms of the separation agreement and hush money payment made to Robert Gordon at Governor Whitmer’s request,” said Rep. Outman. “These types of secretive contracts erode public trust in our state institutions and are simply unacceptable. I will remain an outspoken critic of our state’s transparency flaws and continue to be an ally of Michigan taxpayers as the committee continues investigating further.”
The subpoena requires Gordon to deliver testimony regarding the agreement.
The Oversight Committee today voted 6-3 in favor of summoning Robert Gordon to give testimony before its members.
State Rep. Pat Outman and the Michigan House today approved a new state budget plan that will help Michigan families, workers and job providers continue to recover from the pandemic while taking steps to put the state on stronger financial footing for the future.
State Rep. Patrick Outman stands with Gratiot County Undersheriff Steven Sopocy at the state Capitol on Sept. 9, 2021. Outman hosted Sopocy at the Michigan House of Representatives’ annual ceremony commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.