Committee Assignments Announced for 2015-16 Term

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Committee Assignments Announced for 2015-16 Term

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Senator Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and House Speaker Kevin Cotter have revealed their full list of Senate and House committee members for the 2015-16 term. 

 When a bill or resolution is first introduced in the Senate or the House of Representatives, it is sent to a committee that deals with its particular issue. At committee meetings, elected members delegated by the Senate or House consider and make recommendations considering dispositions of bills, resolutions, and other matters referred to them. Committees are appointed by the Senate Majority Leader or the Speaker of the House and are organized according to subject matter. 

"As Chair of the Michigan State Medical Society Legislation and Regulations Committee, we would like to congratulate lawmakers on these key committees that deal primarily with health care issues," said Grand Rapids urologist Phillip Wise, MD. "We look forward to working collaboratively with lawmakers on tackling tough health care issues during this legislative session while maintaining the highest quality of care, access, and safety for patients." 

Below is a list of the committees the Michigan State Medical Society works most closely and their members: 

 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, Community Health

  1. Jim Marleau (R) Chair 12th District
  2. Mike Shirkey (R) Majority Vice-Chair 16th District
  3. Geoff Hansen (R) 34th District
  4. Curtis Hertel (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 23rd District
Senate Health Policy Committee
  1. Mike Shirkey (R) Committee Chair, 16th District
  2. Joe Hune (R) Vice Chair, 22nd District
  3. Margaret O'Brien (R) 20th District
  4. Jim Marleau (R) 12th District
  5. Rick Jones (R) 24th District
  6. Jim Stamas (R) 36th District
  7. David Robertson (R) 14th District
  8. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D) Minority Vice Chair, 23rd District
  9. David Knezek (D) 5th District
  10. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) 6th District
Senate Insurance Committee
  1. Joe Hune (R) Committee Chair, 22nd District
  2. Jack Brandenburg (R) Vice Chair, 8th District
  3. Wayne Schmidt (R) 37th District
  4. Margaret O’Brien (R) 20th District
  5. Ken Horn (R) 32nd District
  6. Rick Jones (R) 24th District
  7. Virgil Smith (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 4th District
  8. Steven Bieda (D) 9th District
  9. Coleman Young II (D) 1st District
House Appropriations Subcommittee, Department of Community Health
  1. Rob VerHeulen (R) Committee Chair, 74th District
  2. John Bizon (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 62nd District
  3. Jon Bumstead (R) 100th District
  4. Chris Afendoulis (R) 73rd District
  5. Edward Canfield (R) 84th District
  6. Laura Cox (R) 19th District
  7. Brandon Dillon (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 75th District
  8. Pam Faris (D) 48th District
  9. Kristy Pagan (D) 21st District
House Health Policy Committee
  1. Mike Callton (R) Committee Chair, 87th District
  2. Henry Vaupel (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 47th District
  3. Tom Hooker (R) 77th District
  4. Ken Yonker (R) 72nd District
  5. Joseph Graves (R) 51st District
  6. Holly Hughes (R) 91st District
  7. Klint Kesto (R) 39th District
  8. Rob VerHeulen (R) 74th District
  9. John Bizon (R) 62nd District
  10. Lee Chatfield (R) 107th District
  11. Kathy Crawford (R) 38th District
  12. Daniela Garcia (R) 90th District
  13. Jim Tedder (R) 43rd District
  14. George Darany (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 15th District
  15. Winnie Brinks (D) 76th District
  16. Tom Cochran (D) 67th District
  17. Phil Phelps (D) 49th District
  18. Erika Geiss (D) 12nd District
  19. Frank Liberati (D) 13rd District
  20. Sheldon Neeley (D) 34th District
  21. Robert Wittenberg (D) 27th District
House Insurance Committee
  1. Tom Leonard (R) Committee Chair, 93rd District
  2. Lana Theis (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 42nd District
  3. Ray Franz (R) 101st District
  4. Ken Goike (R) 33rd District
  5. Ben Glardon (R) 85th District
  6. Andrea LaFontaine (R) 32nd District
  7. Lisa Lyons (R) 86th District
  8. Tom Barrett (R) 71st District
  9. Jim Runestad (R) 44th District
  10. Henry Vaupel (R) 47th District
  11. Michael Webber (R) 45th District
  12. Tom Cochran (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 67th District
  13. Brian Banks (D) 1st District
  14. Paul Clemente (D) 14th District
  15. Robert Kosowski (D) 16th District
  16. Derek Miller (D) 28th District
  17. Robert Wittenberg (D) 27th District