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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept 19. 2013
Sen. John Pappageorge Named Legislator of the Year
Pappageorge Honored by Michigan Municipal League at 2013 Convention
DETROIT, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League honored State Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy) as the League’s 2013 Legislator of the Year. The award was formerly presented to Sen. Pappageorge during the League’s Annual Convention Sept. 19, 2013, in Detroit.
Sen. Pappageorge represents the state’s 13th Senate District in Oakland County, which includes the cities of Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Madison Heights, Royal Oak, and Troy, as well as Bloomfield Township..
Sen. Pappageorge has been a vocal advocate for cities and villages during his time in the Senate, Gilmartin said. For example, as chair of both the General Government and Transportation Appropriation Subcommittees, he has fought for more funding for the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) and more money for transportation.
“In particular, he has been one of the most vigilant supporters of increased revenue sharing on the Appropriations Committee. Senator Pappageorge’s advocacy has benefitted not only the communities in his district, but those all across the state of Michigan,” Gilmartin said.
Gilmartin said this year Senator Pappageorge’s subcommittee was the only one that recommended an increase to EVIP. Senator Pappageorge has publicly pushed for changes in the EVIP to make it easier for communities to qualify. During nearly every committee hearing, he is pushing not only for increased financial support for communities but also local control.
About the Legislator of the Year Award: The honor is presented each fall to lawmakers for their instrumental actions in the Michigan State Legislature on behalf of local communities. These individuals are recognized for their efforts in the passage of legislation that will benefit local governments or who have fought consistently to support local government.
For photosof Senator Pappageorge receiving the award go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Winners” set on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/sets/72157635396981216/. Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Photo Courtesy of the Michigan Municipal League/mml.org.
Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.