Brinks Gilson & Lione June 25 webinar looks at patent prosecution strategies for biotech inventions

ANN ARBOR – June 20, 2014 -William Boudreaux, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a panelist on a webinar sponsored by Brinks discussing patent prosecution strategies in the wake of the March 4, 2014 United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) memorandum entitled Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Reciting or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products.

The Guidance memorandum relates to new patent examination procedures for determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101. These Guidelines were prepared in view of recent case decisions in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., 569 U.S. ___, 133 S. Ct. 2017, 106 USPQ2d 1972 (2013) and Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., 566 U.S. ___, 132 S. Ct. 1289, 101 USPQ2d 1961 (2012). While the USPTO asserts that the Guidance provides assistance to examiners in determining whether a claim covers patent eligible subject matter, uncertainties remain.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. Joining Boudreaux on the webinar are Brinks colleagues, Jennifer Fox and Rashad Morgan, both of the Research Triangle Park office. The panelists will discuss the USPTO Guidance, the underlying case law related to the Guidance, and the implications for U.S. practice, including:

  • Subject Matter Eligibility for biotechnology inventions in the United States, in view of recent Supreme Court precedent
  • The USPTO’s Procedure for implementing these recent decisions through the Guidance and its impact on drafting and prosecuting claims
  • Pending cases in the lower courts that may have an impact on the USPTO’s application of the Guidance
  • Application of the Guidance to pending applications in the USPTO
  • Strategies for drafting claims that will be deemed eligible based on the recent Supreme Court precedent and the Guidance.

William Boudreaux serves as co-chair of Brinks’ Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical practice group. He has practiced as a patent attorney specializing in pharmaceuticals and chemicals since 1992. Mr. Boudreaux’s practice includes client counseling for strategic patent portfolio development, global patent prosecution, IP diligence, and opinions for patentability, validity and freedom to operate.

There is no cost to attend the webinar and one hour of (Illinois) MCLE credit will be available, MCLE credit for other states available upon request. Please click here for more information about the event or to register.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

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Plante Moran and Automation Alley to host Toast + Tech Talk series

Southfield, Mich. – June 18, 2014 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, has announced it will host a four-part breakfast series with Automation Alley entitled ‘Toast + Tech Talk’. The series will focus on business topics related to the technology industry to help growing companies develop the framework and tools necessary to continue to compete and be successful in the space.

“Growing technology companies are usually led by entrepreneurs who have an abundance of good ideas and the drive to realize them,” Brian Langham, partner and co-leader of Plante Moran’s technology consulting practice said. “However, these dynamic companies face tremendous competition and sustaining growth requires a combination of tech savvy and strong business skills. This series with Automation Alley will help technology-focused organizations break through business and talent barriers to position themselves for success.”

Cynthia Hutchison, Automation Alley director of member relations, said the organization is pleased to partner with Plante Moran to bring value to its members.

“We have a multitude of promising tech companies looking for broad business insight from industry experts,” Hutchison said. “Plante Moran’s track record as a business advisor to the technology industry makes them the perfect partner to lead this series.”

Each session will feature a strolling breakfast, networking and a panel discussion with varying industry experts.

• Tuesday, July 29: Business Basics for Growing Firms – What you need to know to succeed
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Plante Moran’s Detroit office – 1098 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Plante Moran and Honigman

• Tuesday, Aug. 26: Surefire Ways to Attract, Retain and Motivate Talent
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Detroit Athletic Club – 241 Madison Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Strategic Staffing Solutions

• Tuesday, Sept. 23: Driving Growth and Delivering Value – Strategies to Maximize your Firm’s Worth
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Plante Moran’s Detroit office – 1098 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Detroit Venture Partners, Hitachi Business Finance, Silicon Valley Bank

• Tuesday, Oct. 28: Grow from Entrepreneur to Strategic Business Leader
7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Location: Grand Circus Detroit – 1570 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Panelists: Clark Hill, Inforum, Michigan State University Broad College of Business, Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

To register for Toast + Tech Talk series, please email techtalk@plantemoran.com.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper. Learn more at http://www.automationalley.com/.

About Plante Moran
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is one of the country’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has 22 offices and a staff of more than 2,000 professionals throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

 

Dickinson Wright Attorney Daniel D. Quick Receives the Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award

Attorney Daniel D. Quick Receives the Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award

DETROIT, Mich., June 19, 2014 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Daniel D. Quick received the Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award at the Oakland County Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in June.

The award was established by the board of directors in memory of Frances R. Avadenka, the first female president of the Oakland County Bar Association, who passed away in 1987 leaving a legacy of leadership, industry and community involvement. The award is presented to an OCBA member who has made significant contributions to the community outside the legal profession.

Mr. Quick partnered with Oakland Schools to develop the OCBA’s Elementary Mock Trial program, which they designed to fit within the state of Michigan’s Social Studies Content Expectation and within the Michigan Citizenship Collaborative curriculum for second- and third-graders. Volunteer attorneys go into the classroom and talk with the students about the legal system and court procedures. The students then visit the local district court or the Oakland County Circuit Court and perform a mock trial applying what they have learned to their case. Now in its third year, more than 800 Oakland County students have participated in the program.

Mr. Quick also served this year as president of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. The OCBF awards grants to programs in Oakland County that fulfill the foundation’s mission. These grant funds are raised at a single event each year – the OCBF’s Annual Signature Event. Under Mr. Quick’s leadership this year, a record number of sponsors signed on to the Signature Event, thereby enabling the OCBF in the coming year to help fund a greater number of worthy community and legal aid programs than has ever been done before.

Mr. Quick is a Member in the firm’s Troy office and is Practice Department Manager for Commercial Litigation, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, ADR and Sports & Entertainment. He is a litigation attorney with a focus in the areas of commercial litigation (including shareholder disputes, trade secrets and non-compete cases) and copyright, entertainment, and intellectual property. He holds leadership positions in the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association and the Oakland County Bar Foundation. Mr. Quick received his J.D. from the University of Michigan.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 350 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nev.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 35 lawyers in Toronto, Canada.

MCCI Moves to Downtown Detroit Office

DETROIT, June 16, 2014 – Full-service integrated marketing firm MCCI (aka Mort Crim Communications, Inc.) has officially opened its new design-innovative downtown Detroit headquarters. It features iconic furnishings, art pieces and reconstructed materials.
The office is located in Suite 501 of the historic Murphy-Telegraph Building at 155 W. Congress, the former home to Western Union about a century ago. MCCI’s new home sports highly creative collaborative working space, high-tech features such as multimedia studios and two-way video conferencing, a stunning board room and a naturally-lit optimistic working environment.
The office is filled with features that reflect the company’s Southeast Michigan roots, including:
• Re-planed wood flooring from Reclaim Detroit that came from reconstructed Detroit materials;
• Artwork from University of Michigan design and architecture entrepreneur Anya Sirota;
• A custom walnut board room conference table designed and created by Detroit’s Ali Sandifer Studio; and
• A table in our kitchen area was custom-created by Alan Kaniarz of A.K. Services.

“We made the decision to move to Detroit not only because of our need for more creative and digital technology space, but also because we were looking to be in a historic building in a walking community,” said MCCI President and CEO Terry Oprea. “The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation educated us about the downtown possibilities – and the Gatzaros family, owners of 400 Monroe Associates who own the building, truly wanted our particular creative services firm to be their partner. They did a terrific job constructing our office.”

The office was designed and created by the Detroit-based husband and wife duo Joel Schmidt and Elizabeth Skrisson, founders of D MET design.

“MCCI as a client is really trusting, collaborative and liberating,” Schmidt and Skrisson said. “We always feel the ideal client is really passionate about what they do and see the potential for how a space can enhance that work. MCCI’s space reflects its personality – a classic modern style – balanced with visionary ideas. In the design, we reflected elements of a classic media company with a forward-thinking studio culture.”
MCCI will continue to maintain a service office in Southfield, Mich., as well as a multimedia and digital production center in the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. The firm has leased 14,000 square feet of space of the Murphy-Telegraph Building. A total of 9,000 square feet has been completed and occupied, with an option on an additional 5,000 square feet of adjacent space.
About MCCI
Founded in 1993 as Mort Crim Communications, Inc., MCCI is an award-winning integrated marketing agency that specializes in Public & Media Relations, Social Media, Video, Web & Digital and Marketing & Advertising. MCCI’s clients represent various industry sectors, including automotive, education, energy, government, health care, nonprofit, supply chain and technology. The firm has offices in Detroit and Southfield, Mich. For more information, visit www.MCCICorp.com.

 

Does your company offer access to a health coach?

Long-term behavior change is hard– really hard. Just think of the last time you or someone you know has tried to exercise more, eat differently, or stop smoking. How difficult was it to start, continue, and then maintain that change over the long haul? For most of us, each phase of behavior change is difficult. Nevertheless, it is often necessary– sometimes even medically necessary!

Traditionally, the US health care system has not been set up in a way to facilitate and support behavior change. For example, if a patient is told that they need to exercise in order to better control their diabetes, that advice may be difficult to implement and maintain, particularly for someone who does not exercise regularly.

If you don’t have access to health coaching services through an employer, you still have options! Here are just a few:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offers its 24-Hour Nurse Line to all of its health plan members. Members can consult with a nurse about health conditions, and request referrals to chronic disease management programs in their community. Visit the Nurse Line site for phone numbers and more information about the program. If you’re a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan member, additional resources may be available to help coach you to, and through, wellness—check your online member account for details and eligibility.
  • The state of Michigan offers a program called Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) to anyone seeking to manage chronic or long-term health conditions. The six-week program is offered at no- or low- cost in accessible locations throughout the state. Interested? Learn more.
  • Looking for a way to learn, track wellness indicators (like diet and exercise), and communicate with others? A Healthier Michigan now offers #HealthyMe, an online community to help you help you with all of this, and more. It’s free and available to everyone.

If you’re interested in reading more about health coaches, here’s a great piece from Alex Nixon on Trib Total Media.

So, have you worked with a health coach or programs like these? Is working with a health coach or wellness program interesting to you? Tell us more!

Have questions?  Post them at www.mihealthanswers.com, or email them to advisor@mihealthanswers.com.

This post was contributed by Shannon Saksewski (Health Education Program Manager, Detroit Regional Chamber).  Shannon can be contacted at ssaksewski@detroitchamber.com.

What’s an HSA? An Introduction and Four Tips

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created—and will continue to create—sweeping changes in how consumers (both individuals and businesses) approach health coverage and care.

Health-related costs are increasing, which makes high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) especially attractive for both employers and individuals. HDHPs, as their name implies, offer coverage at a lower monthly cost, in exchange for a higher deductible. A deductible is the amount of money an insured person must pay in order for insurance coverage to kick in. In 2014, in order to qualify as an HDHP, the IRS considers the minimum individual deductible for individual coverage to be $1,250. The minimum family deductible to qualify as an HDHP is $2,500.

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a relatively new financial tool. They were created in 2003 specifically to be used in conjunction with HDHPs. Think of an HSA as a combination 401(k) and checking account that is to be used for medical expenses. Contributions to HSAs are deducted from your paycheck pre-tax, which means your dollar goes farther. Yet HSAs are under-utilized and misunderstood—perhaps because they are somewhat new. Here are a few pointers to help think through HSA-related issues:

  • Choose your health plan wisely. Remember that, in order to use an HSA, you must have an HDHP! If you see certain providers regularly, make sure they’re in your new plan’s network.
  • Open, and contribute to, your HSA. Once you enroll in an HDHP, you must also enroll in an HSA account. Usually, insurers will offer a companion account. If not, most banks have HSA accounts available. Others—including employers—can also contribute to your HSA. The money invested in an HSA is yours to keep and use for health-related expenses—it doesn’t roll back to your employer or other contributors.
  • Use your HSA funds! You can use your HSA to pay for co-pays, deductibles, coinsurance, and other out-of-pocket expenses. However, HSAs generally cannot be used to cover the cost of insurance premiums or over-the-counter medication.
  • Continue using your account in retirement. Remember: The money invested in an HSA is yours, but it must be used for health-related expenses. Like an IRA, you can decide on your preferred investment allocation (e.g., stocks, bonds, etc.). Once you reach age 65, you can no longer contribute to your HSA. Instead, you can use the account for Medicare-related expenses—it’s a great retirement savings vehicle!

What other tips do you have for communicating about, and/or using, an HSA? Please share!

In the meantime, here are a few additional HSA-related resources:

From LifeHealthPro

From Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

From the US Department of Treasury

Have questions?  Post them at www.mihealthanswers.com, or email them to advisor@mihealthanswers.com.

This post was contributed by Shannon Saksewski (Health Education Program Manager, Detroit Regional Chamber).  Shannon can be contacted at ssaksewski@detroitchamber.com.

Detroit Regional Chamber Hosts Commencement for Leadership Detroit Class XXXV

DETROIT, June 19, 2014 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program is hosting the commencement for its 35th class, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Garden Theater in Midtown. Leadership Detroit is a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

Leadership Detroit Class XXXV features 70 executives from across the region, representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

“This class excelled at recognizing that constant change is creating an even greater need for collaborative leadership,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of community leadership development at the Chamber. “The Leadership Detroit experience validates the reality that the issues and challenges facing today’s leaders are the same across industries and communities. This class is primed to forge the dynamic collaboration that’s key to the success of any organization or community and will impact the region in a very meaningful way.”

The commencement ceremony will feature remarks from Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, who will discuss the unique role that business and community leaders play in moving the Detroit region forward. The complete Leadership Detroit Class XXXV roster is available at detroitchamber.com/LD.

About Leadership Detroit
Leadership Detroit is a community leadership program for executives in Southeast Michigan led by the Detroit Regional Chamber with over 1,800 alumni. Launched in 1979, the program aims to create awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region and to challenge emerging and existing community leaders to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com/LD.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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Peters, Wild get Detroit Regional Chamber endorsement

From: The Detroit News

By Chad Livengood

June 19, 2014

Lansing— The Detroit Regional Chamber’s political action committee is endorsing Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters in the U.S. Senate race this year over his Republican rival, Terri Lynn Land.

The chamber’s PAC announced its endorsements for the 2014 election on Thursday.

“Congressman Peters has a proven track record of bipartisan leadership that is focused on solutions instead of partisan bickering,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

The Detroit chamber’s endorsement of Peters also noted the business group has previously supported Land, a former two-term secretary of state.

“She was an effective Secretary of State whom we often supported, and we look forward to working with her again in the future,” Williams said.

In the Wayne County executive’s race, the chamber is backing Westland Mayor William Wild over incumbent Robert Ficano in a hotly contested and crowded Democratic primary.

“Mayor Wild has proven in his tenure at the helm of Wayne County’s third-largest city that he has the right experience to bring Wayne County’s finances back in order,” Detroit chamber PAC board Chairman Terence Thomas said in a statement. “We thank Bob Ficano for his many years of service to Wayne County and his efforts to attract international investment to the region.”

The Detroit Regional Chamber PAC also endorsed:

  • Former Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop of Rochester over state Rep. Tom McMillin of Rochester Hills in the 8th Congressional District’s Republican primary.
  • Birmingham attorney David Trott over U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Milford in the 11th Congressional District’s Republican primary.
  • State Rep. Rudy Hobbs of Lathrup Village over Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and former U.S. Rep. Hansen Clark in the 14th Congressional District’s Democratic primary. Foster Burgess of Detroit also is on the ballot in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary.
  • Former Rep. Chuck Moss of Birmingham, a former state House Appropriations chairman, in a five-man 13th District state Senate Republican primary that includes former Reps. Rocky Raczkowski and Marty Knollenberg, both of Troy.

In the state Senate’s 5th District Democratic primary, the chamber’s PAC endorsed two candidates for an open seat being vacated by Sen. Tupac Hunter, who is term-limited.

The Detroit chamber endorsed both Rep. Thomas Stallworth III of Detroit and Rep. David Knezek of Dearborn Heights in a crowded field of six candidates, which include Rep. David Nathan and former Rep. Shanelle Jackson, both of Detroit.

Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee Releases Endorsements for Primary and General Michigan Elections

Full list of endorsements, including Congressional, state and county races announced.

DETROIT, June 19, 2014 –Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) and Fed PAC Board of Directors announced endorsements in several key races at the national, state and county level for Michigan’s primary and general elections.

The Chamber PAC Board of Directors regularly meets to identify and support pro-economic development candidates and policies that are critical to the Chamber’s public policy priorities. After careful consideration, the Chamber PAC Board of Directors made endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members and personal interviews with leading candidates interested in the Chamber’s endorsement.

Earlier this year, the Chamber PAC announced its support for the re-election of Governor Rick Snyder. The Chamber PAC was the first major organization to announce its support for Governor Snyder’s election in the 2010 Republican primary and Mayor Mike Duggan’s write-in campaign in the 2013 primary. The Chamber PAC prides itself on being one of the most sought-after, bipartisan endorsements in Michigan and focuses in large part on candidates’ stances on business issues and the potential to represent the regional business community.

U.S. SENATE

Congressman Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township)

“Congressman Peters has a proven track record of bipartisan leadership that is focused on solutions instead of partisan bickering. His support for immigration reform, increased infrastructure investment and his work with Governor Snyder on the New International Trade Crossing will translate well as he moves from the House to the Senate,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

“We are grateful for the willingness of Secretary Land to serve our country and state at this important time. She was an effective Secretary of State whom we often supported and we look forward to working with her again in the future.”

 

MACOMB COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Executive Mark Hackel

“Mark Hackel is a proven and regionally focused leader which continues to make him a great fit for Macomb County. His work in promoting the defense industry and making Macomb County a great place to live and work makes him an easy choice,”said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

 

WAYNE COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Mayor Bill Wild

“Mayor Wild has proven in his tenure at the helm of Wayne County’s third-largest city that he has the right experience to bring Wayne County’s finances back in order.  Mayor Wild took over a fiscally troubled city and balanced seven consecutive budgets while creating a rainy day fund with $5 million. We look forward to Mayor Wild using this experience as Wayne County Executive,” said Terence Thomas, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board.

“We thank Bob Ficano for his many years of service to Wayne County and his efforts to attract international investment to the region.”

 

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

8th Congressional District

Sen. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester)

We were disappointed to learn of Congressman Mike Rogers’ retirement. We encourage voters, particularly in Oakland County, to send a member to Congress who can be part of the solution to the rancor that has infected Washington for too long. While we disagree with Sen. Bishop’s position on the New International Trade Crossing, his temperament, business experience and history of working with diverse interests make him a better choice to represent Oakland, Livingston and Ingham counties in Washington,” said Brad Williams, Vice President of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

 

11th Congressional District

David Trott (R-Birmingham)

“Mr. Trott will be a very good member of Congress for voters in Oakland and Wayne counties.  As a business owner, he can walk into Congress and go to work on improving the economy,” said Terence Thomas, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board.  “We were also impressed by his commitment to constituent service and solving problems for residents and businesses in his district.”

“We thank Congressman Kerry Bentivolio for his service to his country in the military and Congress.”

 

12th Congressional District

Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn)

“No one has left Congress with a bigger legacy than Congressman John Dingell, and we can think of no one better to continue his legacy of service than Debbie Dingell,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “As a long-serving member of the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors, Mrs. Dingell keenly understands the needs of the business community in our region and is already a leader in Washington.”

 

14th Congressional District

Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield)

“Rudy Hobbs will bring the kind of fresh leadership and new ideas that the most diverse congressional district in Michigan requires,” said Terence Thomas, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board. “Rep. Hobbs has proven over his career his ability to work across the aisle, lead his colleagues and make a meaningful impact.

“We were also able to speak with Mayor Lawrence and Congressman Clarke. We are thankful for their commitment to public service and their willingness to continue to serve.”

 

MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE:

“The Chamber has a proud tradition of supporting legislators of both parties who are focused on results for the entire state and not just one region. These candidates represent those values,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Michigan Senate

District 2 – Sen. Bert Johnson (D-Detroit)

District 3 – Sen. Morris Hood III (D-Detroit)

District 4 – Sen. Virgil Smith (D-Detroit)

District 5 – Rep. Thomas Stallworth III (D-Detroit) and Rep. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights)

District 6 – Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor)

District 9 – Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren)

District 13 – Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham)

District 15 – Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake)

District 18 – Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor)

District 19 – Sen. Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek)

District 22 – Sen. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg Twp.)

District 23 – Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing)

District 27 – Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint)

District 29 – Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell)

District 30 – Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-W. Olive Twp.)

District 32 – Rep. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth)

District 34 – Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-Hart)

District 36 – Rep. Jim Stamas (R-Midland)

District 37 – Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City)

District 38 – Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba)

 

Michigan House of Representatives

District 2 – Rep. Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit)

District 3 – Clarence Gayles (D-Detroit)

District 5 – Fred Durhal Jr. (D-Detroit)

District 7 – Nicole Wells Stallworth (D-Detroit)

District 9 – Rep. Harvey Santana (D-Detroit)

District 11 – Rashid Baydoun (D-Dearborn Heights)

District 15 – Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn)

District 16 – Rep. Bob Kosowski (D-Westland)

District 18 – Rep. Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores)

District 20 – Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Northville)

District 22 – John Chirkun (D-Roseville)

District 24 – Rep. Tony Forlini (R-Harrison Twp.)

District 26 – Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak)

District 27 – Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park)

District 29 – Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills)

District 30 – Rep. Jeff Farrington (R-Utica)

District 31 – Rep. Marilyn Lane (D-Fraser)

District 32 – Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R-Memphis)

District 35 – Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield)

District 38 – Kathy Crawford (R-Novi)

District 39 – Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Walled Lake)

District 40 – Rep. Michael McCready (R-Birmingham)

District 43 – Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Twp.)

District 46 – Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R-Oxford)

District 51 – Rep. Joe Graves (R-Argentine Twp.)

District 54 – Rep. David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti)

District 55 – Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor)

District 61 – Brandt Iden (R-Kalamazoo)

District 64 – Rep. Earl Poleski (R-Jackson)

District 66 – Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton)

District 68 – Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing)

District 69 – Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing)

District 70 – Rep. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes)

District 73 – Chris Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids)

District 74 – Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R-Walker)

District 75 – Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids)

District 78 – Rep. Dave Pagel (R-Berrien Springs)

District 79 – Rep. Al Pscholka (R-St. Joseph)

District 83 – Rep. Paul Muxlow (R-Brown City)

District 85 – Rep. Ben Glardon (R-Owosso)

District 86 – Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R-Alto)

District 87 – Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville)

District 88 – Rep. Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville)

District 89 – Rep. Amanda Price (R-Park Twp.)

District 90 – Daniela Garcia (R-Holland)

District 93 – Rep. Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt Twp.)

District 98 – Karl Ieuter (R-Midland)

District 100 – Rep. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo)

District 105 – Tony Cutler (R-East Jordan)

District 106 – Rep. Peter Pettalia (R-Presque Isle)

District 107 – Rep. Frank Foster (R-Petoskey)

District 109 – Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette)

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members.

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