Shirkey honors Reading High School state champions

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Shirkey (center, back row) and Rep. Eric Leutheuser (right of Shirkey) stand in the Senate chamber Thursday with the 2018 Division 8 state champion Reading High School football team and their coaches.

Shirkey, R-Clarklake, presented a Senate tribute to the team and its captains Alex Price and Ethan LoPresto; Head Coach Rick Bailey; assistant coaches Brad Affholter, Brett Bailey, Derek Bassage and Brett Kerspilo; Athletic Director Mitch Hubbard; Principal Katie Griffiths; and Superintendent Chuck North.

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Shirkey announces Committee on Committees

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader-elect Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today announced Senator Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, will chair the temporary Senate Committee on Committees.

The Committee on Committees is charged with assigning senators to policy committees, the appropriations committee and subcommittees.  The Committee on Committees will focus on the knowledge, expertise and experiences of each senator to determine assignments.

“We are eager to dig in and get to work,” said Senate Majority Leader-elect Shirkey.  “We said from the start that we will not skip a beat in our efforts to keep Michigan moving forward.  Chairman Horn and the committee members have a large task in front of them, but I am certain they will handle it with ease and produce an excellent roster for the new term,” said Shirkey.

The Committee on Committees members include:

Senator Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, Chair

Senator Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City

Senator-elect Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township

Senator-elect Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township

Senator-elect Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton

Shirkey praises MDOT plan to reduce wrong-way crashes

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey on Monday applauded an initiative by the Michigan Department of Transportation to reduce wrong-way accidents in Jackson County.

“Wrong-way crashes can be devastating, since they often include very serious injuries,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “It is encouraging when steps are taken to reduce these types of accidents, and MDOT’s recent project aims to do just that. I am grateful for their work.”

The Michigan Department of Transportation is installing a safety system at the I-94 eastbound exit ramp at Sargent/Ann Arbor roads in Leoni Township that may help prevent motorists from driving the wrong way on freeways.

The Wrong Way Alert System is a camera system that detects when a car is driving toward it and then actives red LED flasher lights mounted on each of the wrong-way signs.

“Wrong-way crashes are considered the most serious type of traffic collisions,” said Jackson Transportation Service Center Manager Kelby Wallace. “This alert system is the first of its kind in our region and we are interested in preventing future incidents. Driver safety is paramount to MDOT.”

The Wrong Way Alert System for I-94 at Sargent/Ann Arbor roads includes six devices to inform drivers that they are going the wrong way. MDOT has been evaluating these new countermeasures in hopes of reducing the number of wrong-way collisions.

Shirkey announces chief and deputy chief of staff positions

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader-elect Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today announced current Senate Majority Chief of Staff Craig Ryan will be named as his chief of staff for the next term beginning January of 2019.  Alisha Cottrell, current Chief of Staff for Senator Shirkey, will be Deputy Chief of Staff, Communication and Caucus Services in the majority leader’s office next term.

“Craig brings years of experience and expertise in the role of chief of staff and I am thrilled that he has decided to remain in the position as our team moves into the majority leader’s office,” said Shirkey.  “I have known Craig for several years.  He is a consummate professional and a trusted friend and counselor.  I know he will be a strong leader and an asset to the team.”

Ryan is currently Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.  Ryan has occupied the position since 2016.

Ryan came to the Michigan Senate from his position as Deputy Policy Director and Senior Policy Advisor in the Michigan House Republican Policy Office.  Ryan has held various staff positions in the Michigan Senate and House since 1997.  Ryan worked as an executive for Lafarge North America from 2006 to 2013.

Ryan is a graduate of Michigan State University and resides in Perry, Michigan with his wife, Telly, and their five children.

“Alisha is an indispensable member of my inner circle. She has tremendous instincts; her presence and input always add great value. Craig and Alisha provide a very solid foundation for building a high-performance team,” said Shirkey.

Cottrell has been on staff in the Michigan Senate since 2013.  Prior to her work in the legislature, Cottrell worked in government affairs for Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania and the Michigan International Speedway from 2005 to 2013.

Cottrell is a graduate of Jackson Community College in Jackson, Michigan and Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.

Cottrell resides in Jackson, Michigan with her husband, Issac, and their two children.  Cottrell is an active member of her community and has been recognized by her neighbors and peers for her local contributions.

Shirkey announces senate republican caucus leadership

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader-elect Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today announced he has been elected by his fellow caucus members to serve as the Michigan senate majority leader.

“It is truly an honor to be selected by my peers to lead the senate republican caucus and the Michigan Senate.  We spent many months communicating with voters about the importance of electing legislators who are focused on continuing Michigan’s recovery. The result is what you see here today, 22 men and women eager to lead.  Together, we will build upon the established senate republican agenda of commonsense legislation that creates a better Michigan,” said Shirkey.

“Of course we are disappointed that not all of our fellow candidates were able to make it across the finish line.  We could not be more proud of their hard work and determination to be voices for their communities,” said Shirkey.

“Many of the members of the incoming caucus have served in the legislature and contributed to the policies and legislation that have helped make Michigan more competitive over the past several years.  These men and women bring with them years of experience in the public and private sectors, experience that is a tremendous asset to our fellow citizens,” said Shirkey.

“We look forward to working with our counterparts in the House and to building a relationship with the new governor,” said Shirkey.

Senate Majority Leader-elect Shirkey, R-Clarklake, and the senate republican caucus leadership team will assume their roles in January of 2019.

Senate Majority Leader-elect Shirkey, R-Clarklake, was recently reelected to a second term in the Michigan Senate representing the citizens of Branch, Hillsdale and Jackson counties in the 16th Senate District.  Shirkey previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives.  He currently serves as chair of the Senate Health Policy and Michigan Competitiveness committees of the Michigan Senate.

Senate Majority Leader-elect Shirkey and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 40 years.  They have three children and a dozen grandchildren.

“I am especially fortunate to be surrounded by 21 leaders, ready and eager to improve the lives of their constituents.  Together, we will be a strong team for Michigan,” said Shirkey.

Senate Republican Caucus leadership elections were conducted during caucus.  Positions are listed below.

Senate Republican Leadership Positions

Senator Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, Majority Leader

Senator Jim Stamas, R-Midland, Appropriations Chairman

Senator Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, Majority Floor Leader

Senator-elect Pete Lucido, R-Shelby Township, Majority Whip

Senator-elect Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, Majority Caucus Chairman

Senator Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, Assistant Majority Leader

Senator-elect Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, Assistant Majority Floor Leader

Senator-elect Dr. John Bizon, R-Battle Creek, Assistant Majority Whip

Senator-elect Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, Assistant Majority Caucus Chairman

Senator-elect Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, President Pro Tempore

Senator-elect Lana Theis, R-Brighton, Assistant President Pro Tempore

Senator-elect Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, Caucus Dean

Media Reminder: Shirkey to host Hillsdale town hall next week on ballot initiatives

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, is reminding residents of Hillsdale County of a public town hall next Thursday, Oct. 25 in Hillsdale for a discussion of the ballot initiatives appearing on the November ballot.

Proposals 1 through 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot pertain to legalizing marijuana for recreational use, changing the redistricting process through a constitutional amendment and making constitutional changes to Michigan voting laws.

All residents are welcome to come to the town hall to discuss the initiatives with Sen. Shirkey.

The town hall will be held at the following time and place:

Thursday, Oct. 25
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Hillsdale County Senior Services
320 W. Bacon St.
Hillsdale

Community News Reminder: Shirkey to hold coffee hour in Quincy

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, reminded residents that a coffee hour is scheduled for the 16th Senate District in Quincy on Monday, Oct. 22.

All residents are welcome to come for coffee and conversation about issues that matter to them. Coffee hours are for one-on-one discussions with the senator.

Those unable to attend can stay up to date by selecting the Recent News link, above. Make sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information.

Sen. Shirkey will be meeting at the following time and place:

Monday, Oct. 22
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Spirit Cafe
12 N. Main St.
Quincy

Media Reminder: Shirkey to host Coldwater town hall on ballot initiatives

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, is reminding residents of Branch County of a public town hall Monday, Oct. 22 in Coldwater for a discussion of the ballot initiatives appearing on the November ballot.

Proposals 1 through 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot pertain to legalizing marijuana for recreational use, changing the redistricting process through a constitutional amendment and making constitutional changes to Michigan voting laws.

All residents are welcome to come to the town halls to discuss the initiatives with Sen. Shirkey.

The town hall will be held at the following time and place:

Monday, Oct. 22
7 – 8 p.m.
CHC Conference Center
370 E. Chicago St.
Coldwater

Media Reminder: Shirkey to host Brooklyn town hall this Friday on ballot initiatives

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, is reminding residents of Jackson County of a public town hall next Friday, Oct. 12 in Brooklyn for a discussion of the ballot initiatives appearing on the November ballot.

Proposals 1 through 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot pertain to legalizing marijuana for recreational use, creating an independent citizens redistricting commission and creating state constitutional rights to certain voting policies.

All residents are welcome to come to the town halls to discuss the initiatives with Sen. Shirkey.

The town hall will be held at the following time and place:

Friday, Oct. 12
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Region 2 Area Agency on Aging
102 N. Main St.
Brooklyn

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Shirkey to host town halls on ballot initiatives

Shirkey also hosting October coffee hour

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, has announced that three public town halls to discuss the November ballot initiatives have been scheduled for the 16th Senate District throughout the month of October.

Shirkey also will be holding an October coffee hour.

Proposals 1 through 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot pertain to legalizing marijuana for recreational use, creating an independent citizens redistricting commission and creating state constitutional rights to certain voting policies.

All residents are welcome to come to the town halls to discuss the initiatives with Sen. Shirkey.

The town halls will be held at the following times and places:

Friday, Oct. 12
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Brooklyn Area on Aging
102 N. Main St.
Brooklyn

Monday, Oct. 22
7 – 8 p.m.
CHC Conference Center
370 E. Chicago St.
Coldwater

Thursday, Oct. 25
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Hillsdale County Senior Services
320 W. Bacon St.
Hillsdale

The October coffee hour will be meeting at the following time and place:

Monday, Oct. 22
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Spirit Café
12 N. Main St.
Quincy

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