during difficult times
As the end of the year approaches, so
does my time as a state legislator – a role I never dreamed would be
my destiny. Reflecting on what we’ve accomplished by working
together, I must start by recalling the events that propelled a girl
born on Long Island, NY to the Michigan State Senate.
After graduating from Ohio University
and the University of Michigan, I poured my heart and soul into
educating and guiding our youth for 19 years. My political career
began when some incredible Novi women urged me to run to Novi City
Council. I was elected in 1985 and served my hometown at the local
level for nine years.
Following a series of events – tragic
and dramatic – I found myself running for state representative when
Rep. Bullard decided to run for an open senate seat. Ever since
winning that election and beginning my 14 years of service in the
Legislature, my priorities have been clear: reduce taxes, improve
transportation and support education.
I entered the Michigan House in the
minority, but through building friendships and working relationships
with both sides of the aisle, I was successful in getting my
amendment adopted to reconstruct two antiquated I-96 interchanges at
Beck and Wixom roads.
As the first woman chair of the House
Tax Policy Committee and later the Senate Finance Committee, we
accomplished much. Most significant were eliminating the Single
Business Tax, authoring the Michigan Entrepreneurial Credit and the
alternative business tax, and bringing transparency and reform to
the Michigan Economic Growth Authority credit program.
While serving on the Senate Education
Committee, I was able to enact the SAVE the Children legislation to
provide early intervention as a means to help struggling students
succeed. We also were successful in requiring schools to create and
implement a parental involvement plan and criminalize hazing in our
schools and universities.
No story would be complete without
honoring those who journeyed with me and made that journey possible.
My enduring gratitude and love to my husband, Victor, who first
encouraged me to run for state representative and has been ever
present at my side. To my children and grandchildren, my love
I also want to give a special thanks
to my hardworking, talented staff – both in the Senate and the House
– and to all the central staff who have giving me assistance and
advice over the years.
Most importantly, to the people of
Novi and the entire 15th district, I want to thank you for the
privilege of serving as your state senator. It has been one of the
greatest honors in my life.
Although Michigan has faced
unprecedented challenges over the last eight years, we’ve made
strides to revitalize our economy, protect our communities, educate
our children and make state government more accountable and
More work lies ahead, but seeing what
we have done in the most difficult of times, I am optimistic for
Best Wishes and God Bless.
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