LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn on Friday announced his appointment to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification. The senator announced the appointment after additional council members were made public Thursday.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “Prior to the worldwide pandemic, Michigan was on an excellent path to lead the nation and world in autonomous vehicle technologies. I’m excited to join the council as it works to ensure our state continues to be a global leader as we transition into an exciting new era of smarter, safer transportation.”
The 21-member council, housed within the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, provides the governor and Legislature with policy recommendations to ensure Michigan continues to be a world leader in automated and connected vehicle technology, electric powertrain technology and charging infrastructure, and shared and transit mobility options. The council is tasked with submitting recommendations for statewide policy changes and updates annually, with the first submission due within a year.
“The appointment of Sen. Ken Horn to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification is well deserved,” said Dennis Hoeg, vice president and North America Division president, Nexteer Automotive. “The depth of his experience in developing sound public policy coupled with his visionary thinking about the future of mobility will contribute significantly to the council’s recommendations while retaining and growing Michigan’s prominence in the mobility sector.”
“Manufacturing is in Michigan’s DNA and plays a huge role in our history,” Horn said. “Michigan is the world center of the auto industry, and the smartest innovations in mobility are a natural part of our destiny. The old ‘Rust Belt’ is being transformed into the world’s ‘Smart Belt’ right before our eyes. Michigan holds its own bright future right in the palm of its mitten.”
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey appointed Horn to the commission.
For more information, visit the commission website here.