Glenn tops list from among 44 first-term state reps and 10 first-time state senators
Rep. Gary Glenn has been named Freshman Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRSNews.com).
Glenn’s selection from among 44 first-term state representatives and 10 first-time state senators was announced on MIRS Monday, a weekly podcast featuring a round table discussion by MIRS state Capitol reporters that focused primarily on Glenn’s bipartisan leadership on this year’s energy policy debate in Lansing.
Glenn, R-Midland, is vice-chairman of the Energy Policy Committee in the state House of Representatives.
“It’s been a long time since I was a ‘freshman’ at anything,” Glenn said, jokingly. “But in all seriousness, whatever honor this recognition may be, it simply reflects the very serious commitment I’ve made to work and study hard and do the best, most conscientious job I can for the people of Bay and Midland counties and our entire state. I’ve also taken very seriously a speech by Dow CEO Andrew Liveris, who said that if we want continued expansion of Dow operations in mid-Michigan in the future, we have to have a more forward-looking energy policy that produces more competitive electricity rates.”
Glenn thanked his family and staff for their support. He said because the recognition was primarily because of his work on the energy policy debate, he knows it wouldn’t have come without “expert advice both here at home and in Lansing.”
In Midland, Glenn said his interaction with Dow Chemical Government Affairs Director Brooke Beebe; Midland Cogeneration Venture CEO Pete Milojevich and former CEO Rod Boulanger; Dow Corning energy executive Rod Williamson; local businessmen and solar array developers John Bartos, Steve Ellebracht and Ted Skinner; and Sanford Dam owner Lee Mueller had been particularly instructive.
In Lansing, Glenn cited “invaluable assistance” from state Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake; energy policy experts Cami Pendell, Brendan Ringlever, Bill Lievense and former Michigan Public Service Commissioner Laura Chappelle; and “dozens of other experts, too many to name, who generously volunteered their time and expertise to serve on the Energy Work Group we convened to draft our energy reform legislation.”
Glenn was nominated as Freshman Legislator of the Year by MIRS House reporter Craig Mauger.
“The pick isn’t about his politics,” Mauger said, “but it’s about what he’s been able to get done, and stop from happening in the House so far this year. He’s been the voice out there in front of this energy legislation, the voice of opposition to what many of his caucus colleagues want to do, and he’s been very successful in lining up people in opposition to it, as can be seen by the fact that it hasn’t gotten a vote on the floor yet.”
MIRS News editor Kyle Melinn, said regarding Glenn’s nomination that what he found “very compelling is how much time and energy he spent into boning up on the (energy) issue. I mean he really is reading and studying and working hard to understand not only the (electricity) choice issue, which he’s very passionate about, but other things on the legislation that I think is pretty impressive. And any time you’re a vice chair of something as important as the Energy Policy Committee during this time, it says a lot about you.”
Mauger also noted Glenn’s work on the mega tax credit and civil asset forfeiture. Glenn’s legislation increasing the legal burden of proof required to justify use of civil asset forfeiture laws passed the state House of Representative with nearly unanimous bipartisan support and was the first legislation he sponsored that was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in October.
Other first-term lawmakers nominated by MIRS staff for the award were Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and of the Medicaid Subcommittee of Health and Human Services; Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-Lansing; minority vice chairman of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and of the Senate Commerce Committee; and Rep. Sheldon Neeley, D-Flint, first vice chairman of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus.
MIRS last week named Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, as House Member of the Year. A third-term lawmaker and chairman of the House Tax Policy Committee on which Glenn serves, Farrington sits immediately to Glenn’s right on the House floor. As is customary to help first-term lawmakers learn and navigate the legislative process, Farrington was informally assigned at the beginning of the year to be Glenn’s mentor.
“I’ve done more listening than talking, and obviously Jeff set a good example for effectiveness and leadership that it’s been my privilege to emulate,” Glenn said.