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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Senator John Pappageorge Named Legislator of the Year - Again

Michigan Municipal League Honors Senator at 2014 Convention in Marquette

MARQUETTE, Michigan — For the second consecutive year, the Michigan Municipal League honored State Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy) as the League’s 2014 Legislator of the Year. The award was presented to Pappageorge during the League’s Annual Convention Oct. 16, 2014 in Marquette.

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.

As chair of both the General Government and Transportation Appropriation Subcommittees, he has fought for more funding for revenue sharing for communities and more money for transportation. In particular, he has been the most vigilant supporter of increased revenue sharing on the Appropriations Committee. This year he recommended eliminating the burdensome Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) requirements, and won that fight.

“Senator Pappageorge has asked us to never say the acronym ‘EVIP’ again, and we are grateful that his leadership means we never have to,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. “During nearly every committee hearing he is pushing not only for increased financial support for communities, but also local control. Senator Pappageorge’s advocacy has benefitted not only the communities in his district, but those all across the state of Michigan.”

Sen. Pappageorge also has the unique distinction in being named Legislator of the Year by the League for two years in a row because he was also honored in 2013 at the League’s Convention in Detroit.

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 photos of Pappageorge receiving the award go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Winners” set on flickr: Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Flickr Photo Michigan Municipal League/

The 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.




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