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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: March 23, 2016  

State Lawmakers Dave Maturen and Andy Schor Named Legislators of the Year

State Representatives Honored by Michigan Municipal League

LANSING, Michigan —The Michigan Municipal League has honored State Rep. Dave Maturen (R-Vicksburg) and Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing) as the League’s 2016 Legislators of the Year. The awards were formally presented to Rep. Maturen and Rep. Schor during the League’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala March 22 in Lansing.

Rep. Maturen represents the state’s 63rd House District that encompasses parts of Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties in southwest Michigan. Rep. Schor represents the state’s 68th House District, which covers part of the city of Lansing and Lansing Township in Ingham County.

“These two Representatives understand the issues faced by Michigan’s communities and have been willing to support legislation with the interests of cities and villages in mind,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. “They do an excellent job fighting not only for their local communities, but for communities across the state.”

In his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives, Rep. Maturen has distinguished himself as a thoughtful policymaker and earned the respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. 

“Rep. Maturen’s experience in local government as a county commissioner and township trustee and his background as an appraiser and assessor have made him a valuable resource for his fellow legislators on the Tax Policy and Local Government committees,” Gilmartin said. “Rep. Maturen has proven time and again that he values good policy over partisanship and we look forward to working in partnership with him through the remainder of this term and in the coming years.”

In particular, Rep. Maturen’s experience and the approach he brings to the legislative process earned him the opportunity to chair a workgroup on the Dark Store/Big Box property tax appeal issue that’s of high importance to Michigan communities. He has been an outspoken, supportive voice on numerous other issues that have been critical to the Municipal League and our member communities.

While Rep. Schor is well known within the Michigan Municipal League for his time with this organization as a legislative associate, he has been able to make a name for himself in the House of Representatives as someone capable of working with anyone regardless of the issue or party.

“Rep. Schor has successfully transformed his experience with the League and his time as an Ingham County Commissioner to be a leader within his own caucus and within the institution, overall,” Gilmartin said. “Despite serving in the minority caucus in the House, Representative Schor has seen success negotiating key pieces of legislation, many of which he has partnered with the League to sponsor.”

In addition, Rep. Schor has been a key component in numerous local government and tax policy issues and has been successful in advocating for his community and the interests of municipalities around the state. His leadership on the data center tax incentive package protected municipalities from being negatively impacted, and his partnership with the League through the Legislative Talent and Place Caucus has helped promote new legislative ideas to attract and retain talent within our communities.

About the Legislator of the Year Award: The honor is presented each year 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 the legislators receiving the awards, go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Recipients” album on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/albums/72157663632441644. 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.

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