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Senator Mike Shirkey
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, presented a tribute in the Senate Wednesday to the Hanover-Horton High School boys cross country team, which won the 2017 Michigan Division 3 cross country state championship.
December 6th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, honored Eagle Scout Bryce Taber Wednesday at the Branch County Shelter House playground open house. Bryce built four benches and a shed and donated money toward the playground.
October 16th 2017
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, testified before the House Health Policy Committee Wednesday on Senate Bill 450, his measure to ease a Coldwater hospital's upcoming merger.
September 28th 2017
September 27th 2017
In celebration of Constitution Week beginning Sunday, Sept. 17, state Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, is offering pocket Constitutions available from his office.
September 15th 2017
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, speaks at the state Capitol Thursday about Senate Bill 541, a measure he introduced to address the shortage of dental providers by allowing dentists to hire mid- level providers called dental therapists.
September 7th 2017
The Senate Committee on Health Policy, chaired by Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, heard testimony on Tuesday and approved legislation that would help curtail the rising opioid abuse epidemic in Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson counties and across the state.
June 6th 2017
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake; Army Spc. Douglas Cockroft; and Phil Sponsler (not pictured) paid tribute in the Senate on Thursday to those who gave their lives defending America. Cockroft, a U.S. Army veteran, was Shirkey's guest for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the ceremony honors the service members who fought with bravery to defend the nation's freedom.
May 25th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomes the Rev. Terry Boyd to the Michigan Capitol. Boyd serves as pastor at Sycamore Baptist Church in Jackson and delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session.
May 24th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, visited with Branch County students at the YMCA's Michigan Youth in Government (MYIG) legislative appreciation breakfast on Wednesday. MIYG's mission is to provide leadership training to meet the needs of a democratic society and to develop an understanding and awareness of state government and national issues. Pictured from left: Emma Grife from Coldwater High School; Meredith Grife from Coldwater High School; Shirkey; Kyle Germann of Coldwater High School; and Quincy High School student Luke Rufenacht, who currently serves as 2017-18 youth governor.
May 24th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed Grass Lake Village Council President Joe DeBoe (left) and Township Supervisor Jim Stormont to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. DeBoe and Stormont were representing the Village of Grass Lake and Grass Lake Township, which received the 2017 Active Community Award as part of the Governor's Fitness Awards.
April 27th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, visited students at Anderson Elementary School in Bronson on Friday as part of March is Reading Month. Shirkey emphasized the importance of reading and read aloud to the students from one of his favorite short stories.
March 27th 2017
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, (fifth from left) listens as Gov. Rick Snyder addresses the media on Thursday regarding a new bipartisan, bicameral legislative package to address the growing opioid abuse epidemic in Michigan. Senate Bill 272, sponsored by Shirkey, is one of the measures in the package.
March 23rd 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, visited students at Lyle A. Torrant Center in Jackson on Monday as part of March is Reading Month. Shirkey emphasized the importance of reading and read aloud to the students from one of his favorite short stories.
March 21st 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed Kaitlyn Colyer to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Kaitlyn, a junior at Coldwater High School, job shadowed Shirkey throughout the day.
February 21st 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed third-grade students from Sharp Park Elementary School in Jackson to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Shirkey emphasized the importance of reading and read aloud to the students from one of his favorite short stories.
February 17th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed Dr. Melvin Hitchens to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Hitchens, pastor of Community African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jackson, delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session. Also pictured is Hitchens' wife Gina.
February 9th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed Dr. Melvin Hitchens to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Hitchens, pastor of Community African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jackson, delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session. Also pictured is Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (right).
February 9th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed the Bronson High School 2016 Class C state champion girls volleyball team to the Capitol on Thursday. Joining Shirkey and the team were coaches Jean LaClair, Brooke Pyles, and Sarah Grant.
February 2nd 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, stands in the Senate chamber with Branch County Republican Party Chairman Dennis Armstrong (left) and Hillsdale Hospital Director of Organizational and Business Development Jeremiah "JJ" Hodshire (right). Armstrong and Hodshire joined Shirkey for Gov. Rick Snyder's seventh State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 17th 2017
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, looks on as a student presents her programming project on Wednesday at the Student Technology Showcase at the Capitol.
December 6th 2016
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, speaks on the Senate floor on Thursday, Nov. 10 defending electric choice and lower electric rates for taxpayers.
November 15th 2016
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, receives a 2016 Michigan Manufacturers Association Legislator of the Year award from MMA President and CEO Chuck Hadden on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
September 19th 2016
In celebration of Constitution Day this Saturday, Sept. 17, state Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, is highlighting the First Amendment.
September 13th 2016
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake (yellow shirt) and Rep. Earl Poleski (pink shirt) joined local cub scouts from Cub Scout Pack 440 and Chairman and Bear Den Leader Crystal Jones to thank them for their part in bringing awareness to Pollinator Week in Michigan, which lasts June 20 - 26.
June 22nd 2016
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, and Jonesville Mayor Robert Snow paid tribute in the Senate Thursday to those who gave their lives defending our country. Snow was Shirkey's guest for the Michigan Senate's 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the ceremony honors the servicemen who fought with bravery to defend our nation's freedom.
May 26th 2016
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, speaks about the value of reading to Jennifer Longardner's 6th-grade class at Quincy Middle School. Shirkey spoke to the class in honor of March is Reading Month at the request of one of the students.
March 15th 2016
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, speaks about reducing unnecessary school regulations at a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday. Shirkey is the sponsor of Senate Bill 764, which is part of a package of bills requested by local teachers to give them more time to focus on students. Also attending the conference were bill sponsors Sens. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City (left) and Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth (second from right); and lead sponsor Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township.
February 10th 2016
The Arbor North Living Center, a senior living center in Jackson, hosted state Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, on their in-house talk show on Friday, Jan. 22.
January 28th 2016
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, participates in classroom activities at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School on Monday. Shirkey met with the committed teachers, administrators, staff and students at the school. Earlier in the day, Shirkey met with members of the Branch County Farm Bureau in Coldwater.
January 21st 2016
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, stands in the Senate chamber with Jackson County GOP Executive Committee Member Hank Choate (left). Choate joined Shirkey for Gov. Rick Snyder's fifth State of the State address Tuesday night.
January 21st 2015
State Sen. Mike Shirkey was sworn in as senator of the 16th District on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administered the oath of office. Shirkey was joined on the Senate floor by his wife, mother, and several children and grandchildren.
January 15th 2015