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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Sen. Marty Knollenberg Named Legislator of the Year

State Senator Honored by Michigan Municipal League

LANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League has honored State Senator Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) as the League’s 2017 Legislator of the Year. The award was formally presented to Knollenberg during the League’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala on March 21st in Lansing.

Knollenberg represents the 13th Senate District, which includes the cities of Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clawson, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak and Troy. Knollenberg was elected to the Senate in 2014 after previously serving as a Representative in the state House from 2007-2012.

Knollenberg was presented his award by former League President Robin Beltramini, past member of the Troy City Council.

“Senator Knollenberg is always open to addressing the Michigan Municipal League’s questions or concerns,” Beltramini said. “His dogged pursuit of legislation to protect communities in his district and elsewhere by eliminating the majority of the local cost share requirement for MDOT projects was signed by the Governor in December. We thank him for all of his work on behalf of cities and villages across Michigan.”

Knollenberg serves as chairman of the Senate’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee and on the Transportation and Corrections Appropriations subcommittees. He is also vice-chairman of the Education Committee and a member of the Finance and Regulatory Reform committees.

He has been an activist and leader in Oakland County for decades, volunteering with area organizations including the Kiwanis Club of Troy, the Deaf Community Action Network Board, the Troy Community Coalition and the Troy Prayer Breakfast Committee.

Beltramini explained that the local MDOT match was crippling cities like Troy and Royal Oak.

Governor Snyder vetoed Knollenberg original version of the legislation despite it having unanimous, bipartisan support in both chambers. Knollenberg reintroduced his legislation and negotiated a compromise to reduce local liability on these state projects by nearly 95 percent. Knollenberg’s bill will save Troy $10 million and Royal Oak $4 million.

Knollenberg was also the driving force to give municipalities greater investment options for their cemetery reserve funds. Knollenberg’s bill unanimously passed the Senate, passed the House 106-1, and was signed into law by the governor.

Finally, Knollenberg is working with the city of Rochester Hills and the League to promote amendments to the new personal property tax system that would provide greater ability to seek reimbursement for losses.

Knollenberg has been an Oakland County resident for his entire life. He attended Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills public schools, and currently lives in Troy with his wife Lori and two step-daughters, Lindsey and Lorrin. He is a graduate of Albion College and has been a small business owner for 27 years.

Also, receiving the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from the League was State Rep. Robert Kosowski, D-Westland.

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 Sen. Knollenberg receiving the award go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Recipients” album 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/

For additional information contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of media relations, at (734) 669-6317 (office) and

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