Horn’s Senate offices open and ready for business

LANSING – Sen. Ken Horn announced today that both his Lansing office and district office are open and ready to meet the needs of constituents in the 32nd Senate District.

Horn’s Lansing office is located in Room 1010 of the Farnum Building at 125 West Allegan St., across from the Capitol. The district office is located in Saginaw at 5410 State St., where Sen. Roger Kahn previously maintained his office. To schedule an appointment at the district office, residents should contact the main office in Lansing.

Horn can be contacted at (517) 373-1760, toll-free at (855) 347-8032 and also by e-mail at senkhorn@senate.michigan.gov. The mailing address is Sen. Ken Horn, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909.

“I’m pleased to announce that my offices are open and ready for action.  We’re ready to assist you or just listen if you want to share your thoughts and ideas on an issue facing the state,” said Horn.  “I’m extraordinarily proud of the team we’ve put together and I’d like to introduce you to my Lansing staff.  I’m convinced we’ll work very hard for the district.”

Here’s a brief look at each of the staff in Horn’s office:

Chief of Staff: Jami Des Chenes – A resident of DeWitt, Michigan, Jami has 25 years of experience in a distinctive list of legislative offices, including: Congressman Dave Camp, Congressman Mike Rogers and the late Sen. Bill Van Regenmorter. Jami has a bachelor’s degree in English (MSU) and a master’s in public administration (WMU).

As chief of staff, Jami’s responsibilities will encompass all aspects of managing a Senate office, with a special focus on organizing and managing staff, legislative priorities, constituent service and committee activities. Jami previously worked for Horn during his six years in the House of Representatives and has extensive experience in the Saginaw and Genesee County areas.

Legislative Director: Melanie Ellison – Originally from Auburn, Michigan, Melanie attended SVSU, where she was president of the SVSU College Republicans. Melanie has worked for Horn in several capacities during his time in the House. Most recently, she worked for a short time in the Constituent Service office of Gov. Rick Snyder, before becoming the assistant director of scheduling for the governor.

Melanie will manage Horn’s legislative agenda and assist with the committees he serves on.  In addition, she will serve as Director of Communications and act as point person for all media inquiries.

Constituent Relations Director: Margie Roggelin – Margie grew up in Monroe, Michigan, and attended Siena Heights University. Margie recently joined Horn’s office, bringing eight years of experience in Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville’s office with her. During those eight years, Margie volunteered her time with the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund Auction and Habitat for Humanity.

Margie will work directly with constituents to solve problems within state government and will oversee district outreach.

Office Manager: Brittany Miller – Brittany is from Temperance, Michigan and is a recent graduate of Central Michigan University, where she was active with the Central Michigan University College Republicans. Most recently, Brittany was a student assistant with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s team.

Brittany will coordinate Horn’s schedule and will act as general Office Manager.  If you’d like to meet with Senator Horn or have a local event you’d like to get on his schedule, please contact Brittany.

The 32nd District includes all of Saginaw County and the cities of Flushing, Linden and Montrose and the townships of Argentine, Clayton, Fenton, Flushing, Gaines and Montrose in Genesee County.

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Horn: Governor continues on path for a better Michigan

LANSING—After listening to the governor’s 2015 State of the State address Tuesday night, state Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, issued the following statement:

“I am very pleased with the governor’s plan of action that builds on a foundation of economic success and recognizes that despite all that the Legislature has accomplished in recent sessions, there is still a great deal that needs to be done.

“In the past few years, the Legislature has achieved great success in building a stronger, more economically sound Michigan and improving the function of state government. Our leadership and thoughtful reforms put Michigan on the path to economic prosperity and financial stability.

“As a result, Michigan’s unemployment has decreased and several state industries are continuing to grow. Michigan agriculture is a more than $100 billion industry, recent reforms have brought in an extra $2 million from out-of-state tourism and the auto and manufacturing industries are growing as well.

“Our goal is to maintain responsible use of our resources to ensure that we continue to invest in our hard-working families and make life better for our residents. I support the governor’s idea of increasing investments to fix the roads, investing in education and skilled trades, keeping our communities safe and most importantly, continuing to improve the economy and getting people back to work.

“I particularly commend the governor for placing an emphasis on expanding the resources available for skilled trades and infusing these trained individuals into the workforce. My district has an abundance of skilled trade positions available, such as engineering and machine operation, yet we lack an educated workforce to fill these positions. I’m looking forward to every Michigan high school student having a chance at early college to find careers that ignite their passions.

“I have always supported increasing the resources for hands-on training needed for the well-paying jobs that are already available throughout Michigan. I applaud the governor for adding his voice to the call for schools, businesses and colleges to work together to prepare students for successful careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“I am pleased with the direction Michigan is going. We have several challenges ahead of us, but we are ready to take them head on.”

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Sen. Horn welcomes Linda Sims to state Capitol for State of the State address

LANSING— Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomes Executive Director of Public Affairs for Consumer Energy, Linda Sims, to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2015 State of the State address. Sims (right) was Horn’s guest for the annual address Tuesday night.

A print-quality photograph of Horn welcoming Sims is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: https://www.senatorkenhorn.com/. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

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Media Advisory: Sen. Horn available for comments following State of the State address

Who:               State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth.

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:          By phone or at

House Appropriations Room

Third Floor, State Capitol

Lansing, MI

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

Please call Horn’s office at 1-517-373-1760 or Melanie Ellison at 989-992-5380 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

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Sen. Ken Horn announces committee assignments

LANSING – Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, on Friday announced the committees he will serve on for the 2015-2016 legislative term in the Michigan Senate.

Horn will chair the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee, which will concentrate on fostering economic growth in Saginaw and Genesee counties and the entire state of Michigan. The committee will also focus on growing export opportunities for Michigan products and diversifying the workforce through skilled trades development.

“With a background in business, I’m excited to work directly with my colleagues to continue to restore Michigan’s economy and get people back to work,” said Horn. “Michigan has so much to offer from agriculture to manufacturing; part of our job is to turn the eyes of the world this way and let Michigan businesses and their highly skilled workers do the rest.”

In addition to chairing the Economic Development and International Investment Committee, Horn will also be serving as vice chair of Transportation and as a member of the Energy & Technology and Insurance committees.

From the 32nd Senate District, Horn represents all of Saginaw County. In addition, in Genesee County he represents the cities of Flushing, Linden and Montrose and the townships of Argentine, Clayton, Fenton, Flushing, Gaines and Montrose.

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Horn sworn in as 32nd District state senator

LANSING—State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, participated in a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday at the state Capitol with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administering the oath of office.

Horn was joined on the Senate floor by his wife, Veronica, daughter, Andrea, son, Kevin, daughter-in-law, Ruth and grandson, Liam.

“It was a wonderful honor to be surrounded by my family today as I was sworn into office with a special piece of family history, the Bible that was gifted to my wife and me on our wedding day in 1983,” said Horn.  “I’m grateful that the voters of the 32nd Senate District granted me the trust of representing them in Lansing.”

The above photographs of Horn being sworn in are available by clicking on the image or by visiting the Republican Caucus photowire at:

http://www.misenategop.com/photowire/

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LEFT PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, is joined by his wife, Veronica, as he is sworn in for his first term as senator for the 32nd District.

RIGHT PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. (left) stands with Horn (right) and family after Horn was sworn in as senator for the 32nd District.