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Contact:
Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 17, 2014

Senator Tom Casperson Named Legislator of the Year

Michigan Municipal League Honors Casperson at 2014 Convention in Marquette

MARQUETTE, Michigan — The Michigan Municipal League honored State Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) as the League’s 2014 Legislator of the Year. The award was formerly presented to Casperson during the League’s Annual Convention Oct. 16, 2014 in Marquette.

Sen. Casperson represents Michigan’s 38th Senate District, which covers the middle and western portions of the Upper Peninsula, including the cities of Escanaba, Houghton, Ironwood, Marquette, and Menominee. As chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Sen. Casperson has committed a significant amount of time and resources to creating a successful transportation network in Michigan. He has been an advocate and supporter of increased transit options in Southeast Michigan and has publically expressed his desire to increase transportation funding. He also supports removing cumbersome and repetitive requirements that communities must go through to receive various funding.

“Senator Casperson recognizes the tremendous amount of effort cities and villages have put forth to do more with less, and believes burdening them with redundant requirements does not make them more efficient,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. “Senator Casperson has been very successful in crafting policy that has positively impacted communities from the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, and we are thankful for his leadership and support.”

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 Casperson receiving the award go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Winners” set on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/sets/72157647848319418/. 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/mml.org.

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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