State Rep. Mary Whiteford has been nominated as the 2021 House Member of the Year by MIRS News for the third straight year.
Whiteford, a registered nurse from Casco Township, is now in the final year of her term as state representative. She began 2021 by calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to accelerate vaccine distribution and has been an advocate against mask mandates in schools.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for my efforts as I work hard to represent our Southwest Michigan values and the priorities of the people of Allegan County,” Whiteford said. “They sent me here to do just that and I don’t take the trust they have placed in me for granted.”
In 2021, Whiteford had four bills signed into law, including one that gives rural areas easier access to anesthesia services and another expanding the Michigan Crisis and Access Line for those in need of mental health help.
She also serves as vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. She fought to ensure the budget focused on the state’s most vulnerable citizens, including victims of human trafficking, children in foster care, seniors, and more.
In 2021, Whiteford celebrated her fifth consecutive year with a perfect attendance and voting record in the Michigan House.
The Michigan House today approved a bipartisan plan spearheaded by Rep. Mary Whiteford, chair of the House Adoption and Foster Care Task Force, inspired by the task force’s recommendations. The plan includes several measures to improve the child welfare system by making critical changes to correct areas where the adoption and foster care system is falling short.
Rep. Whiteford, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Health and Human Services, talks about speaking at the Capitol Thursday at the Unite to Face Addiction rally. Rep. Whiteford says the state has worked to provide more addiction intervention early on, and to make sure that resources are available.
State Rep. Mary Whiteford, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, issued the following statement clarifying misleading information from the governor about the state’s Healthy Michigan enrollment numbers: