Rep. Gary Glenn is running for state Senate District 31, which includes Bay, Lapeer and Tuscola counties.
He lives in Williams Township in Bay County and was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. He represents the 98th District, which includes the cities of Auburn, Pinconning, Linwood, and the townships of Beaver, Fraser, Garfield, Gibson, Mount Forest, Pinconning, and Williams in Bay County. In Midland County, the district includes the city of Midland, the village of Sanford, and the townships of Midland, Homer, Jerome, Larkin, Lee, and Lincoln.
Gary is Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and Chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee. He also serves on the Military and Veterans Affairs, Communications and Technology, and Insurance committees. Gary represented the state of Michigan on the National Conference of State Legislatures 2015-2016 Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee to learn of ongoing energy initiatives, opportunities, and challenges across the country. He is also a Finance Chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee and was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Committee on Committees, which decided the makeup of House policy and appropriations committees.
After his first year in office, Gary was named 2015 "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by the editor and reporters of the Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), the state Capitol's oldest daily news service. His selection from among 44 first-term state representatives and 10 first-term state senators was due largely to his leadership in the energy policy debate, MIRS said. He also received the Award for Conservative Excellence from the American Conservative Union for compiling the most conservative voting record in the House on fiscal, social, and military-related issues, and he was named "House Member of the Year" in 2016 by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan and in 2017 by the Michigan Propane Gas Association.
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Measure is companion bill to freezing new enrollments
State Rep. Gary Glenn today said able-bodied Medicaid recipients should be required to work, participate in work training or perform community service as a condition to continue receiving benefits.
Glenn, of Williams Township, said welfare recipients have work requirements, and the same standards should apply to people who are enrolled in the Medicaid program.
The bill is a companion piece to an earlier bill freezing enrollment in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion plan. Glenn referred to the 2013 expansion as “Michigan’s ObamaCare” and said ending new enrollment will limit damage to the state budget, which is required to pick up 5 percent of expansion costs in the coming fiscal year.
Late last week, the Trump White House said that it would allow states to impose work requirements in Medicaid, a major policy shift that moves toward fulfilling a conservative vision for one of the nation’s largest social insurance programs for low-income people.
Federal officials said they would support state efforts to require able-bodied adults to work or participate in other “community engagement activities” as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid.
Glenn said Medicaid must be brought under control.
“This explosion in Medicaid entitles working, able-bodied adults to receive this entitlement. This common-sense reform will relieve a budgetary burden that has able-bodied people taking benefits away from those who are unable to help themselves – children, senior citizens, the blind, and people with physical and mental challenges,” Glenn said. “Expanded Medicaid is a luxury that we cannot pay for as it is. It is a ticking time bomb that will fracture our state budget.”
Under the new legislation, individuals exempt from the work or work training requirements are:
• A child under the age of 16;
• A child age 16 to 18 who is attending elementary or secondary school full time;
• Someone who has medical documentation of being disabled or documentation of an inability to participate in employment or job training for more than 90 days because of a mental or physical condition;
• A recipient unable to participate as determined by a medical review team;
• A recipient age 65 or older;
• A person receiving supplemental security income;
• A recipient of retirement, survivor, or disability insurance based on a disability or blindness, or a recipient found eligible for such insurance who is in a non-pay status.
The Department of Health and Human Services may grant a temporary exemption from the work requirement to any of the following:
• An individual suffering from a documented short-term mental or physical illness, limitation or disability that severely restricts the ability to participate in work or work training. If a recipient’s status severely restricts the ability to work, they shall be required to participate in the work or work training program at a medically permissible level. The exemption is limited to 90 days without a review.
• Someone for whom certain program requirements have been waived under this bill, with the exemption not exceeding 90 days;
• A parent with a child under the age of 60 days if the child is living in the home, or a mother for postpartum recovery up to 60 days if the child is not living in the home;
• A pregnant recipient who, based on medical documentation, is severely restricted in her ability to participate for the duration of the pregnancy;
• The spouse of a recipient who is verified as disabled living in the home with the spouse if it is determined the spouse is needed at home full time due to the extent of medical care required. This exemption must be reviewed annually;
• A parent of a child who is verified as disabled and living at home if it is determined the parent is needed in the home due to the extent of medical care required. The one-year review applies to this exemption; and
• An individual is not considered disabled for purposes of this legislation if substance abuse is a contributing factor to the determination of disability.
Earlier this month, Kentucky became the first state in the nation to require Medicaid recipients to work or get jobs training after federal approval for the change. Kentucky’s waiver requires able-bodied adult recipients to participate at least 80 hours each month in jobs training, education or community service.
Glenn said Michigan should follow suit.
“It is our sworn duty as legislators to be responsible to the taxpayers of Michigan, and I believe it is fiscally irresponsible to allow able-bodied adults to draw on resources that should be reserved for disabled adults or children who cannot help themselves,” Glenn said.
The bill was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.
Lansing, Mich. -- Using taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim against a state or local government official -- as Congress did to settle a claim against former Congressman John Conyers, D-Detroit -- would be outlawed under legislation introduced Wednesday by a Bay County lawmaker.
Associate Speaker Pro Tem Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., the sponsor of House Bill 5405, said he was astounded by news of Conyers' tax-financed payoff and "never imagined a law was necessary for the government to know it's wrong to use our tax dollars to cover for a public official's misconduct in office."
"A public official who's guilty of sexual harassment can be pressured to resign as Conyers did, fired, recalled, or voted out at the next election if he refuses, or sued as an individual, but in no case should already overburdened taxpayers be forced to pay the tab for a public official's abusive behavior," Glenn said.
Glenn's legislation, other than language defining various terms, is comprised of just one sentence:
"A public entity shall not make an expenditure of public funds to settle a claim or action involving sexual harassment in which a public official is the alleged perpetrator or defendant."
Glenn said any settlement in a case involving an elected or appointed public official should be paid "out of the guilty public official's pocket, not taxpayers' pockets."
He noted that the Washington Post reported in November that over the last twenty years, Congress has paid more than $17 million from public funds for 264 settlements and awards to federal employees for violations of various employment rules, including sexual harassment, an example he said the state should not follow.
Click the video for Rep. Glenn's comments in Kansas City in 2015 accepting the Senator Everett Dirksen Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Right to Work Committee. Gary led the campaign to enact Idaho's Right to Work law in the 1980s and was a founding member of the Michigan Freedom to Work coalition that launched the successful effort to enact Right to Work in Michigan in 2012.
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As chief of staff in his thirties for a state agricultural trade association, Gary was a recognized leader in working to protect farm families.
In its 2016 endorsement of his candidacy for the state House, Michigan Agri-Business Association PAC cited Gary's "proven commitment to Michigan’s farmers and agribusinesses."
Rep. Gary Glenn, left, with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Barrett at Michigan Farm Bureau's 2017 annual banquet.
Tuscola County Farm Bureau board member Lonnie Kester of Millington, left, with Rep. Glenn at the Michigan Farm Bureau annual banquet.
In his 2016 campaign for reelection to the state House of Representatives, Rep. Gary Glenn was endorsed by:
Michigan Farm Bureau Agri-PAC: https://www.michfb.com/MI/endorsements/
Michigan Agri-Business Association PAC: http://www.garyglenn.us/roundup_8_2
Michigan Corn Growers PAC: http://www.micorn.org/mcga/friends-of-corn-pac/candidate-endorsements
Michigan Milk Producers PAC: https://issuu.com/milkmessenger/docs/16_11_nov_messenger/13
This listing of 2016 endorsements is intended to inform voters of Rep. Glenn's strong record of support for agriculture and agribusiness. Endorsements for the 2018 election have not yet occurred and will be decided by each organization's formal interview and endorsement process prior to the August 2018 primary election.
Legislator introduces two bills in broad reform package
Lansing, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., today introduced legislation included in a broad reform plan to protect public services and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees in Michigan.
The reforms stress transparency and proper reporting from local governments to pinpoint ones that may be at risk of bankruptcy due to underfunded retirement plans. The reforms will help set up a system to help them avoid financial crisis.
“We are working to safeguard the retirement benefits of the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us,” Glenn said after the reform package was introduced in the Michigan House. “Public safety employees need these reforms, because doing nothing would leave their retirement healthcare benefits at risk of being eliminated in bankruptcy.
A task force earlier this year assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder explored the critical challenges posed by Michigan’s underfunded local government employee retirement systems, which have unfunded liabilities approaching $20 billion. Glenn and other lawmakers are following up the task force report with a multi-bill package to address mounting local retiree healthcare and pension costs.
The legislation creates a reporting system with uniform financial and accounting standards for local government retirement plans. An early detection system will help local governments and the state identify potential funding problems and act quickly to mitigate them. Communities will be vetted through a state treasurer’s fiscal impact evaluation and retirement systems will be flagged as underfunded when municipalities aren’t meeting set criteria to alleviate their debts.
Local governments will have plenty of opportunity to address issues on their own. But if that fails, a financial management team with local and state representation will step in to force changes to put programs back on firm financial footing.
Glenn is the primary sponsor of two bills in the multi-bill legislative package which specifically deal with the reporting and analysis requirements for local governments.
Legislation also protects human trafficking victims from coercion
Lansing, Mich. -- The state Senate today unanimously approved legislation from state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., to make it illegal for law enforcement officials to engage in sexual acts with prostitutes or victims of human trafficking during the course of an investigation.
“Michigan is the last state to eliminate this unintended exemption. While there is no evidence that law enforcement officers are engaged in such activity, human trafficking experts testify that men who impersonate police officers have used this exemption from prosecution to intimidate women into having sex,” said Glenn. “This legislation will help protect victims of human trafficking from being further abused, and remove an unfair and unwarranted cloud over our law enforcement officers who faithfully perform their duty with integrity.”
The legislation was introduced at the request of attorney Bridgette Carr, director of the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic, to reinforce Michigan’s commitment to protect victims of human trafficking who are frequently forced into prostitution.
“Michigan will no longer have the stigma of being the last state in the country that unintentionally exempts police officers who have sex with prostitutes during an investigation from prosecution," Glenn said. “This common sense legislation has received significant bipartisan support because it protects our law enforcement and victims of sex-based crimes.”
House Bill 4355, which was previously approved by a 93-14 vote in the state House, now moves to the governor for his consideration. Glenn was joined on the legislation by sixteen cosponsors, all female, including both Democrats and Republicans.
Rep. Glenn agrees with Supt. Pierce: All schools should be able to save tax dollars through Electricity ChoiceShare
Hearing scheduled on legislation Dec. 5th
Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, said today he will escalate his fight to help more Michigan schools save money through the state's Electricity Choice program.
Glenn plans to hold a hearing Tuesday, Dec. 5th, on legislation that would allow all schools to choose where they buy their electricity. His statement follows testimony before the committee this week by Tuscola Independent School District Supt. Gene Pierce, president of the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative, which already saves schools across the state an average of $15 million a year in energy costs through the choice program.
“Because of an arbitrary cap on the Electricity Choice program, we have an absurd situation in current law in which one public school district is saving tens of thousands of dollars or more a year on its electricity bills, but it’s against the law for a neighboring school district to do the exact same thing,” said Glenn. “I agree with Supt. Pierce that we should give all schools the freedom to choose where they buy electricity so they can redirect more savings into the classroom.”
Glenn noted that in the legislative district he represents, Bay City Schools save on electricity by buying from Wolverine Power instead of Consumers Energy. But four other school districts he represents -- Bullock Creek, Meridian, Midland, and Pinconning -- are forced by law to buy from Consumers at a higher price. Similarly, in Tuscola County, all school districts save money through Electricity Choice except Vassar Public Schools, which is prohibited by law from doing so.
The Energy Policy Committee will hear testimony Tuesday on House Bill 4708, sponsored by Rep. John Reilly of Oakland County.
Reilly’s bill would allow all K-12 schools to buy electricity from any provider they choose. The goal is to help educational institutions save money on one of their highest costs of doing business. Currently, most schools in the state do not have the option to capitalize on potential savings through providers other than Consumers Energy and DTE because Michigan law caps the program at 10 percent of the electricity market, a cap that was filled almost a decade ago. An additional 11,000 electricity customers have signed up in a queue to enter the program if a current Electricity Choice customers drops out, which isn't likely.
Pierce testified before the Energy Policy Committee last Tuesday that Tuscola ISD's savings average $35 per student, or $250,000 per year -- enough money to buy 500 laptop computers at $500 each.
“We take electricity for granted, yet it has a major impact on the school budget,” Pierce said in his written testimony. “School districts need to take advantage of every opportunity to maximize the use of every available dollar and purchasing electricity through the choice market is one of those cost saving opportunities. ... Schools should be allowed to maximize the use of our funds through Electric Choice and drive more dollars to the business of educating students.”
Statewide, MISEC contracts electricity for 17 percent of Michigan’s K-12 public schools and reports average annual savings of $15 million for its member schools. If more schools could participate, the savings would be far greater, Pierce said.
“All homeowners, businesses, farms, and industries should again be free to choose -- as we were from 2000 to 2008 -- where they buy electricity, just as they're free now to buy natural gas," Glenn said. "Until we have the votes in Lansing to restore full consumer choice to our electricity market, I will continue to push to save taxpayers money by allowing at least our schools the flexibility to buy electricity through a competitive bid process, just like they do other services and commodities. It would save tens of millions of dollars that could be spent on students and teachers instead."
The House Energy Policy Committee is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Room 519 of the House Office Building in downtown Lansing. The bill under discussion will be House Bill 4708.
The political arm of a national left-wing think tank led by Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, is running Internet ads attacking state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., a full year before the November 2018 election.
Glenn, a long-time conservative activist before being elected to the state House of Representatives in 2014, was presented an award after his first year in office by the American Conservative Union for compiling the most conservative voting record in the House in 2015 on fiscal, social, and military and veteran-related issues. He received the same award a second time for maintaining the most conservative record in the House in 2016, after which he was reelected by over 60 percent of the vote, winning 48 out of 50 precincts. Now in his second term, Glenn serves as Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee.
Glenn said Friday that as a conservative, he's flattered.
"As a conservative, I take it as affirmation that a national-level left-wing hit group, run and funded by some of the biggest celebrities of the progressive socialist universe, think I threaten their leftist agenda sufficiently that they need to spend George Soros' money attacking me a full year before the election," Glenn said. "It certainly is my intention to do whatever I can, wherever I am, to help defeat the Left's oppressive big-government, freedom-killing, job-destroying, socialist tax-and-spend political agenda."
Last month, Glenn announced plans to run in 2018 for an open state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.
But starting even before Glenn announced his candidacy, Google users who search for Glenn's name have found at the top of the list of results a web advertisement -- identified as sponsored by ThinkProgress.org -- which states, "Gary Glenn is too extreme...Hate group leader turned MI Senator (sic) says being gay should be a crime."
The ad links to a 2016 ThinkProgress.org article in which Glenn -- who serves as president of the American Family Association of Michigan, a conservative Christian traditional values advocacy group -- was quoted as saying, "We believe that states should be free to regulate and prohibit behavior that’s a violation of community standards and a proven threat to public health and safety -- including, as most of the United States did throughout its history, homosexual behavior.”
The quote, which Glenn in a news release confirmed is accurate, was a 2010 comment referencing the U.S. Supreme Court's 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, in which six members of the court voted to overturn a Texas law outlawing homosexual sodomy. Three U.S. Supreme Court justices -- Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas -- agreed with Glenn's "states rights" position.
The article also states: "Last year, Glenn spoke out against a Planet Fitness policy that resulted in a Midland, Michigan woman having her membership cancelled after she spent several days complaining about a transgender woman (a man) she saw using the (women's) bathroom at her gym. 'Planet Fitness obviously should rethink its anti-woman, anti-reality policy,' Glenn said. 'If they don’t, they shouldn’t be surprised in a conservative family-friendly community such as Midland if they lose more female members.'"
According to its website, "ThinkProgress is an editorially independent project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund."
According to the Center for American Progress Action Fund's website, its board includes prominent left-wing politicians and academicians including Harold Ickes, who served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton.
The Action Fund's website reports that last year, it received $1 million or more from only one organization, the Center for American Progress. It also received six-figure funding from George Soros individually, his Open Society Policy Center, and the Service Employees International Union, plus five-figure contributions from the AFL-CIO and other individual unions, former Clinton Administration Secretary of State Madeline Albright, AT&T, Facebook, and other left-wing individuals and organizations.
The leadership of the Center for American Progress, according to its website, includes board member John Podesta, board chairman Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and president Neera Tanden.
Podesta, now caught up in the scandal involving Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections, served as a White House aide to both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama before chairing Hillary Clinton's losing 2016 presidential campaign.
The New York Times -- under the headline, "Russia Scandal Befalls Two Brothers: John and Tony Podesta" -- reported last Friday: "In between campaign and White House stints, John Podesta helped to create and run some of the leading institutions on the American left, including the Center for American Progress think tank."
Glenn said the Soros-funded web of left-wing organizations may also be responsible for a lengthy telephone "push poll" -- received last week by voters in Lapeer and Tuscola counties -- that was also critical of Glenn.
Lansing, Mi. -- Associate Speaker Pro Tem Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, has received for the second time a national-level award for compiling the most conservative voting record in the state House of Representatives.
Glenn -- who in 2018 is running for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties -- for the second year in a row was named recipient of the "Award for Conservative Excellence" by the American Conservative Union, a national organization founded in 1964 that promotes the "three-legged stool" of fiscally and socially conservative principles as well as a strong national defense.
"It's a priority of mine to demonstrate, by example, that a legislator can be faithful to conservative principles of government and be effective at the same time. You don't have to compromise one to be the other," Glenn said. "That said, in the end, while rankings by outside groups are informative, the people of Bay and Midland counties will be the final judge of whether I've faithfully represented their values and views in Lansing."
Glenn won the second award based on his 2016 voting record, in which he tied with two fellow Republicans -- Speaker Pro Tem Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Assistant Majority Leader Lana Theis, R-Brighton -- in voting conservative on 96 percent of the twenty-three roll call votes selected by the ACU.
Glenn in 2015 also tied with two fellow Republicans -- Theis and Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake -- in voting conservative on 94 percent of the roll call votes selected by ACU. Glenn and Theis share an average score of 95 percent over their first full term, the highest average ranking in the House.
"ACU researched and selected a range of bills before the Michigan Legislature that determine a member’s adherence to conservative principles," the Washington, D.C.-based group said in a news release announcing the awards.
"We selected bills that focus on Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the 'three-legged stool': 1) fiscal and economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd amendment, religion, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency. This wide range of issues are designed to give citizens an accurate assessment that conveys which of Michigan’s elected leaders best defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty and Property."
Glenn after his first year in office was also chosen from among 55 first-term state representatives and senators as 2015 "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by reporters for Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), the Capitol's oldest daily news service, based primarily on his leadership on energy and private property rights issues.
He has also been named a "Guardian of Small Business" by the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business and "Legislator of the Year" by both the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan and the Michigan Propane Dealers Association.