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Michigan Municipal League

Press Release


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


State Rep. Sam Singh and Sen. Ken Horn Named Legislators of the Year

Lawmakers Honored by Michigan Municipal League

LANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League has honored House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) and Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) as the League’s 2018 Legislators of the Year. The awards were formally presented to Rep. Singh and Sen. Horn during the League’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala March 20 in Lansing.

Rep. Singh represents Michigan’s 69th House District, which includes East Lansing, Haslett, Okemos, Williamston Township, and Locke Township. Sen. Horn represents the state’s 32nd Senate District that covers all of Saginaw County and portions of Genesee County. Cities in his district include Saginaw, Frankenmuth, Zilwaukee, Montrose, Flushing, and Linden.  

“These two legislators understand the important role Michigan’s cities play in driving the state’s economy,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. “They do an outstanding job fighting for their local communities, as well as communities throughout Michigan.”

Rep. Singh’s story is one of civic engagement. From an early age, Rep. Singh’s parents taught him the value of giving back to his community. He took those lessons to heart, and began his career in public service by being elected to the East Lansing City Council at age 24. He then served for more than a decade on council and one term as mayor.

Following his election to the State House, he never forgot his roots in local government, consistently working with League staff and actively seeking League input on legislation that impacted communities. He has been an outspoken voice for municipalities, regularly proposing budget amendments to restore and increase revenue sharing and protect local control. He was elected by his peers in 2017 to serve as the leader of House Democratic caucus and in that position, has continued his support of the League. He is the first Indian-American state representative in Michigan. He and his wife, Kerry, live in East Lansing.

“Rep. Singh has been an active partner on the League’s municipal finance reform efforts, consulting with League staff on strategies to reduce costs and increase revenues,” said East Lansing Council Member Shanna Draheim, who presented the award to Rep. Singh. “After years of dedicated public service at the local and state level, Rep. Singh has proven himself to be a true champion for local government.”

Rep. Singh said he was honored to be selected as a legislator of the year by the League.

“Local communities are the lifeblood of our state economy,” Rep. Singh said. “I am proud to have worked with the League as a city councilman, mayor and state representative to get our cities the resources they need to make our communities safe, and provide reliable municipal utilities and offer top-notch social services that make our cities not just destinations to visit, but desirable locations to build a business and raise a family.”

Senator Horn was elected to the Senate in 2014 after previously serving as a Representative in the state House from 2007-2012. He also served as a Saginaw County Commissioner for 14 years. As a member of the Senate, he chairs the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee and serves as vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. He has also been appointed to the Senate Energy & Technology, Insurance and Veterans, Military & Homeland Security Committees.

He has been an activist and leader in Saginaw County for decades through his volunteer work with area organizations including Frankenmuth Rotary International, Saginaw Art Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Saginaw Field and Stream, Frankenmuth Conservation Club and many local chambers of commerce. The Concordia University graduate was a small business owner for nearly 15 years, owning and operating Horn’s Restaurant in Frankenmuth. He has lived in Saginaw County for more than 30 years and currently lives in Frankenmuth with his wife Veronica.

Saginaw City Councilwoman Brenda F. Moore presented Horn with the award.

“Senator Horn has also been a strong advocate for local control,” Moore said. “In particular, over the past many months, Senator Horn was vital in assisting the League to block attempts that would have severely restricted DDA and TIF authorities.”

On the DDA and TIF issue, Moore explained that Horn and his staff worked in conjunction with League staff to form a counter-proposal that focused on establishing appropriate reporting and transparency measures for DDAs and TIF authorities. The League supported these counter proposals. In addition, Horn actively seeks League input on issues of importance to League members and has developed strong relationships with his local units of government.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for supporting our state’s local communities,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “I’ve always been a huge supporter of Michigan’s downtown areas and appreciate the support MML has provided over the years. The association is a strong partner in creating reasonable and responsible policy, and I look forward to continued collaborations in the future.”

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 Singh and Horn receiving the awards 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 communications, at (734) 669-6317 (office) and

About the League: Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The 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. Learn more at




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