**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Hune welcomes area residents to state Capitol for State of the State address

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, welcomes Dan Wholihan (left picture) and Dave Grissom (right picture) to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2015 State of the State address. Wholihan and Grissom were Hune’s guests for the annual address Tuesday night.

A print-quality photograph of Hune and guests is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: http://www.senatorjoehune.com/. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

Hune comments on State of the State address

Senator Joe Hune

Senator Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich.—On Tuesday night, Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, issued the statement below following Gov. Rick Snyder’s fifth State of the State address at the Capitol in Lansing.

“Governor Snyder’s State of the State address has again pointed out the many accomplishments of our Republican-led Legislature thus far, and the work that needs to be done this year. I have always believed that state government could be more effective in serving its citizens, and I am pleased the governor is making that a priority.

“In 2015 I look forward to helping continue stimulating Michigan’s economy by joining my colleagues in cutting unnecessary spending and reducing the tax burden on the hard-working residents of our state.

“Thanks to the hard work of our Legislature, Michigan’s budget was once again balanced and passed with time to spare. While Michigan has seen an impressive rebound, there is a lot more to be accomplished.

“The goals for the 2015 legislative session will remain largely unchanged. We will continue to strive to cut wasteful spending by government, and run Michigan as efficiently as possible in an effort to save every Michigan taxpayer money. Reducing the tax burden on residents is my number one priority, and providing tax relief to the everyday hard-working individual should be a top priority of the Legislature.

“During my second term, I will continue to seek the best solutions to the challenges faced by our residents, and not simply do what is easiest and convenient. I look forward to working hard in 2015 to serve the constituents of the 22nd Senate District and the great state of Michigan.”

***Media Advisory*** Sen. Joe Hune available for comments following State of the State address

Who:              Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, chair of the Senate Agriculture and Insurance committees.

What:             Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When:            Immediately following the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Where:           House Appropriations Room
Third Floor
State Capitol
Lansing, MI

Briefing:         Hune will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

Please call Hune’s office at 1-517-373-2420 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

Hune assigned committee chairmanships once again

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Joe Hune announced Wednesday that he will continue to chair the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as the Senate Insurance Committee. Hune, R-Hamburg, has chaired both committees for the previous four years.

Coming off a victory for a second four-year term in the Michigan Senate, Hune has retained his post as the ranking member of the committee. Joining him on the Senate Agriculture Committee are three Republicans—Sens. Mike Green, R-Mayville; Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City; and Darwin Booher, R-Evart, as well as one Democrat—Virgil Smith, D-Detroit.

The Senate Insurance Committee consists of Republican Sens. Hune, Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township; Schmidt; Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage; Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth; and Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. Additionally, the three Democratic members are Sens. Smith; Steve Bieda, D-Warren; and Coleman Young, D-Detroit.

Upon hearing the announcement, Hune offered the following remarks:

“I’m humbled and honored to receive a second appointment to chair the Senate Agriculture and Insurance committees. These committees have brought forth great debate and produced legislation to continue to move Michigan forward.

“In the new term, my colleagues and I will continue our productive dialogue and will further champion legislation to improve job prospects and the economy for the residents of Michigan.

“On behalf of all the committee members, we are humbled and grateful that Senate Majority Leader Meekhof and the people of Michigan have seen us fit to serve another term on these great committees.”

Hune will also be a member of the Senate Regulatory Reform and Energy and Technology committees, and vice chair of the Senate Health Policy Committee.

The committees will meet, on average, once per week and meetings are open to the public. Committee times will be posted on the Michigan Legislature webpage at www.legislature.mi.gov, or feel free to call Hune’s office at 517-373-2420 for further information.

**PHOTO ADVISORY** Hune sworn in as senator for the 22nd District

LANSING—Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, was sworn in as senator for the 22nd District on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administered the oath of office.

Hune was joined on the Senate floor by his wife, Marcia, and his family.

“I am humbled and honored to serve the hard-working people of the 22nd Senate District,” Hune said. “My commitment to my constituents and to all Michigan residents will be further proven through legislation and policy to get Michigan back to its economic potential.”

The above photograph of Hune being sworn in is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the caucus photowire at: www.misenategop.com/photowire