Hune welcomes Pastor Wilson to state Capitol to lead invocation

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomed Pastor Mark Wilson from Fowlerville UB Church in Fowlerville to the Senate on Tuesday to lead the invocation before the Senate session.

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Save the Date: Kowall and Hune announce event honoring Vietnam era veterans

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Joe Hune on Friday announced a formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony on Saturday, July 22 during the Vetstock music festival in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, is hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Fowlerville to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. A representative from Hune’s office also will be in attendance. Kowall encourages all interested residents and veterans to join him in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and in conjunction with the Agent Orange Riders, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at 10520 Iosco Road, in Fowlerville.

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The Agent Orange Riders are based out of the Heart of the Lakes VFW Post 1008 in Waterford. They conduct research on the possible generational effects of Agent Orange used in Vietnam. Vetstock is the organization’s inaugural music festival held to support veterans.

Kowall will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location. Danielle Blanchard will perform the national anthem.

The symbolism attached to the lapel pin is significant, Kowall said.

“The Commemoration honors all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period,” he said. “All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably.”

The Commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the secretary of defense, and then formally launched in 2012. It was designed to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families in hometown America, in light of the 50th anniversary of the war. Recognition is given to these heroes when commemorative partners, such as Kowall, hold events for the veterans and their families.

“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans, whether drafted or enlisted, served our country with honor. Tragically, too many returned home with little thanks for their service and not much help transitioning to civilian life,” Kowall said. “This ceremony is a way to recognize veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation and the Michigan Legislature.”

Hune agreed.

“It is an honor and a privilege for my office to be able to help host a ceremony honoring these heroes who risked all for our country in Vietnam,” said Hune, R-Fowlerville. “The pins we present them are but a small token of our gratitude for their sacrifice on behalf of our nation.”

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

“It is always a moving time for me when I am able to present the lapel pins and personally thank each veteran for their service,” Kowall said.

Senate holds 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service


LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomed Livingston County Veteran of the Year Dwight Sachau to the Capitol on Thursday as his guest for the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service. The Service honors Michigan servicemen and servicewomen who have died within the past year.

“Memorial Day isn’t just a day off from work or a day to enjoy a cookout; it’s a solemn occasion for us to remember the brave men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom,” Hune said. “It is a great privilege and honor to be a part of this special day in the Senate each year to pay tribute to those who lost their lives defending our nation.”

Following the session, Hune, Sen. Rebekah Warren, and Reps. Lana Theis, Hank Vaupel and Donna Lasinski hosted a luncheon honoring 77 veterans from Livingston and Washtenaw counties.

Veterans from World War II through military action in Afghanistan were present for the luncheon. During the luncheon, Hune, Theis and Vaupel paid tribute to the late Donald Burgett, who had several family members present.

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Photo caption (top): Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomed Livingston County Veteran of the Year Dwight Sachau (right) to the Capitol on May 25 as his guest for the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service.

Photo caption (bottom): Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, co-hosted a luncheon for 77 veterans following the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service.

Sen. Hune praises Howell Public Schools for allowing flags to be displayed

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, praised Howell Public Schools on Tuesday after they reversed their ban on American flags being displayed on vehicles parked in the parking lot of Howell High School due to safety concerns.

“Howell Public Schools made the right call to reverse their ban on American flags being displayed on vehicles,” Hune said. “The American flag represents the foundation that this great nation was built on: justice, liberty, and the courageous men and women who fought and died for our freedom. I’m glad that Howell Public Schools have put in place a policy that allows for pride in our great nation to be displayed while also ensuring that all drivers are safe.”

Howell High School had implemented a ban on American flags from being displayed on vehicles, citing a concern that the flags presented a safety issue in the parking lot due to obstructed views. After Howell Public Schools consulted with local law enforcement, it was determined that as long as the flags are properly fixed to the vehicle and do not obstruct the view of the driver, the flags can be displayed.

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Hune welcomes the Rev. Speicher to state Capitol to lead invocation

 

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowerville, welcomed the Rev. David Speicher from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Howell to the Senate on Wednesday to lead the invocation before the Senate session.

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Hune participates in grant presentation at VINA Community Dental Center

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Joe Hune (left), R-Fowlerville, joined state Reps. Hank Vaupel, R-Handy Township, and Lana Theis, R-Brighton, for grant presentations at the VINA Community Dental Center and the University of Michigan Student Run Health Center on Monday in Brighton.

“These grants represent a continued commitment to ensure that those who need dental care most will continue to have access to excellent dental care in our community,” Hune said. “I’m glad that VINA Community Dental Center will continue to provide their excellent services in our community.”

The clinic, located in Brighton, is a free dental clinic for those without insurance. Many local dentists volunteer or support the clinic with donations. The clinic treats over 1,600 low income, uninsured patients on an annual basis. If patients need specialty dental care, VINA has a network of dental specialists who can help.

VINA Community Dental Center has been funded since 2008 and has been awarded $202,890 to date. The University of Michigan Student Run Clinic has been funded for the past two years and has been awarded $17,800.

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**Photo Advisory** Sen. Hune welcomes guests to the state Capitol for State of the State address

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Joe Hune (center), R-Fowlerville, welcomed Terry Gill (left), Karen Gill (center left), Barb Sullivan (center right), and Tom Sullivan to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address.

Karen and Terry Gill, of Brighton, were Hune’s guests for the annual address Tuesday night. Tom Sullivan, the former president of Cleary University, and his wife Barb also joined Hune as his guests.

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Sen. Hune comments on State of the State address

 

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, issued the following statement Tuesday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2017 State of the State address:

“It was an honor to attend the seventh State of the State address delivered by Governor Snyder. The governor addressed the highlights of how far our state has come since 2010 as well as the challenges that we still face.

“Our economic comeback story continues to get even better, with more than 475,000 new private sector jobs since 2010. The unemployment rate has dropped nearly ten points since its high in June of 2009, and reports are swirling of many new jobs being created. Personal income growth is up, home values are surging, and Michigan’s population has increased five years in a row.

“The governor also stressed the importance of investing in education. My colleagues and I have made it a top priority to ensure that all children have access to good quality schools. As well, the governor addressed the need to improve Michigan’s infrastructure. I will continue to look for ways that we can address this critical issue.

“In the year ahead, I look forward to continue serving the residents of the 22nd Senate District. There is a lot of positive momentum behind us as we look forward to the year ahead of us.”

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

Senator Joe Hune

Senator Joe Hune

Who:               State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg.

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

When:             The address is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

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

Brief: 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 chief of staff Troy Tuggle at 517-525-1845 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 17 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

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Sen. Hune has perfect voting record for 98th legislative session

Sen. Joe Hune

Sen. Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — State Senator Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, scored a perfect voting record during the 98th legislative session of the Michigan Senate, having cast a vote in each of the 1,499 Michigan Senate roll call votes held between January 2015 and December 2016.

“It is an honor to represent my community in the Michigan Senate,” Hune said. “The people of the 22nd Senate district put their trust in me to make sure that their voice is heard in the Michigan Senate. I have honored that trust by ensuring the people of my district had their voice heard in each Senate vote during the 98th legislative session. ”

Hune was one of nine senators who missed no votes during the 98th legislative session. The full Missed Votes Report is available at www.MichiganVotes.org/MissedVotes.aspx.

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