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2016 Lawmakers to Watch

Six state lawmakers poised to make an impact in 2016

Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor)
A lifelong Washtenaw County resident, Zemke relies on his experience as an engineer in the aerospace, defense and automotive fields to pragmatically navigate the sometimes rocky legislative terrain. Zemke continues to support increased investment in transportation, urban revitalization and education, particularly focusing on at-risk students, adult and STEM education and third-grade reading proficiency. Two prominent committee positions in the 2015- 16 session – Appropriations and Education – ensure he will be an influential voice in the direction of education in Michigan, as well as the committee that makes the decisions on how to allocate state funding.

Rep. Kathy Crawford (R-Novi)
In her first term, Crawford draws on more than 30 years of experience in aging, including co-founding the Michigan Association of Senior Centers. Prior to her election to the House, she served on the Novi City Council and Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Crawford now sits on four House Committees: Families, Children, and Seniors; Health Policy; Regulatory Reform; and Workforce and Talent Development, all of which impact legislation critical to quality of life and business competitiveness. Recognizing the importance of business investment to economic development and urban revitalization, Crawford continues to lead efforts such as extending rehabilitation tax abatements.

Rep. Amanda Price (R-Park Twp.)
In her third term representing the 89th District in West Michigan’s Ottawa County, Price has been an influential advocate on several committees, including Communications and Technology, Workforce and Talent Development, and Local Government. This past year, Price assumed the chair of the Education Committee, leading efforts on third-grade reading improvements, overhauling teacher evaluations and strengthening training requirements for adults working with students with special needs. She holds one of the most influential positions in driving education policy and is pursuing legislation, including creating a STEM endorsement on the diplomas of qualifying high school graduates.

Rep. Jim Tedder (R-Clarkston)
A long-time small business owner and member of the Clarkston Chamber of Commerce, Tedder is in his first term serving the 43rd District of Michigan in Oakland County, which includes part of Waterford Township, the city of Lake Angelus and Independence Township. Drawing on his time as a teacher and administrator, he championed legislation promoting financial literacy for students across Michigan. Tedder now sits as the vice chair of the Committee on Workforce and Talent Development and is a strong advocate of increasing opportunities for Michigan’s graduates and existing workforce.

Sen. Morris Hood III (D-Detroit)
The former auto assembly plant lineman proudly continues the tradition set by his father, uncle, and grandfather, who have served Detroit in various political positions for over six decades. After three consecutive terms in the House of Representatives, which included leading the debate in support of the New International Trade Crossing, Hood made the jump to the Senate in 2010. Elevated to Minority Floor Leader in 2015, Hood will have greater influence in working on his priorities, such as community health and raising academic standards for students from pre-K to college.

Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren)
Sen. Bieda served three terms in the House before winning election to the Senate in 2010 and 2014. Relying on his extensive knowledge of financial management, Bieda has led reforms of Michigan’s tax structure, saving taxpayers millions and improving the conditions for economic development through tax incentives. Bieda now serves as co-chair of the Automotive Caucus, which is critical to building relationships and awareness between the Capitol and the state’s signature industry, which is experiencing an unprecedented level of disruption and global competition.