and from the other side of the ‘bipartisan’ aisle
Senator Steve Bieda
Macomb County: Center Line, Eastpointe, Fraser, Lake Township, St Clair Shores, Warren
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Steve Bieda is a lifelong resident of Macomb County. Raised in Warren, he attended Cousino High School, received his bachelors degree and Masters of Public Administration from Wayne State University, and later earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law as well as a Masters of Tax Law from Wayne State University Law School.
Elected State Representative for Michigans 25th District in 2002, Steve got right to work for the people of Macomb County and Michigan. He sponsored over thirty Public Acts on subjects ranging from the states tax structure, consumer protection, economic development and judicial reform. He authored the Legal Defense Fund Reporting act, the only major piece of ethics reform to reach the Governors desk in a decade, and fought for it over several legislative sessions until it became law. Steve supported comprehensive revisions to Michigans bottle deposit law to stop the flow of fraudulent containers from out of state, saving Michigan millions of dollars. Not one to shrink from a challenge, Steve was a driving force behind the replacement for the out of date Single Business Tax, replacing it with legislation that provided tax credits and incentives for businesses to grow and invest in Michigan while maintaining the flow of needed revenue. His expertise in financial management resulted in his appointment to the financial management review teams for the cities of Ecorse and River Rouge. Working closely with members of the legislative and executive branch, including the State Treasurer and the Governor, Steves record reflects the consistent pursuit of cleaner government, a cleaner environment and a stronger economy for the state of Michigan.
Prior to his service in the State Legislature, Steve Bieda worked as Director of Labor Relations in the City of Warren and Senior Policy Analyst for Michigans House of Representatives. Steve also enjoys the distinction of being the only living Michiganian to design a coin for the U.S. Mint, the reverse of the United States Olympic Half Dollar issued in 1992. Steve was Chairman for the Thomas Edison Silver Dollar Project, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the invention of the light bulb. In addition, Steve had the honor of acting as fundraiser and grant-writer for the Michigan Labor Legacy Project. This resulted in the largest monument commemorating the labor movement in the United States: Transcending, which can be seen on the Detroit riverfront in Hart Plaza.
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and the third sponsor of this UnConstitutional, UnAmerican legislation is... SHAME ON HIM.
Senator John Proos
DISTRICT AND FAMILY
State Senator John Proos was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010 to represent the 21st district of Berrien, Cass and most of Van Buren Counties. He served as State Representative of the 79th district from 2005 through 2010. Sen. Proos resides in St. Joseph with his wife Kristy and three children, Elena, Jack and Nora.
Sen. Proos is a 1988 graduate of Lake Michigan Catholic High School. He holds a bachelor of Political Science from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University.
Proos has previously worked on the staff of Congressman Fred Upton serving in several different capacities, including deputy chief of staff and district director. Proos also worked as vice president of Heritage Homes Inc. of Michigan in Berrien County.
PAST PUBLIC AFFILIATIONS
Proos has served as Berrien County Republican Party Chairman and has been a member of the Berrien County Republicans. Proos was also a member of the Berrien County Election Staff for the Bush/Cheney campaign in 2000.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND AFFILIATIONS
In addition to family and political life Proos is active in many Southwest Michigan groups including the Rotary Club of St. Joseph/Benton Harbor and the United Way of Southwest Michigan. Proos is a board member of the Berrien Community Foundation and member of St. Joseph the Provider Knights of Columbus Chapter of St. Joseph Catholic Parish and the Coloma American Legion Post 362. He was also a member of the Lakeland Regional Health System Community Benefits Committee and HOSTS mentor for Benton Harbor Area Schools.
Proos is serving on the Senate Appropriations Committee for the 2011-2014 Senate term. He is chair of the Corrections and Judiciary subcommittees; vice chair of the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth subcommittee; and a member of the Human Services subcommittee.
Other standing committee positions Proos holds include vice chair of the Senate Energy & Technology Committee, a member of the Senate Finance Committee.
2005 Wine Michigan Legislator of the Year
2006 Michigan State Medical Society Legislator of the Year
2006 Literacy Advocate Award
2006 Michigan Agri-Business Association Agricultural Advocate Award
2007 Healthy Legislator Award, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
2008 Habitat for Humanity Legislative Build Co-Chair
2008 Healthy Legislator Award, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
2009 Health Legislator Award, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
2010 Small Business Association of Michigan Legislator of the Year
2010 Healthy Childrens Award
2010 Habitat for Humanity Public Servant of the Year
2010 Michigan Food and Farming Systems Legislator of the Year
2010 Healthy Legislator Award, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
2011 YMCA Legislative Champion Award
2011 Healthy Legislator Award, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
2012 Michigan Pork Producers Association Recognition Award
2012 Healthy Legislator Award, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
2013 Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Legislator of the Year Award