Continuing on my learning journey, I recently joined Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Suzanne Levine and several other chamber members on a visit to our state’s capitol in Lansing.
The building, originally dedicated on January 1, 1879, was recently restored, and named a historical landmark.
In 1987, the Michigan Legislature established the Michigan Capitol Committee and charged it with overseeing the Capitol Restoration Project. The goal was not to create a museum, but to restore the Capitol as the modern, working seat of state government. They did an amazing job!
We also had the honor of visiting with several of our state’s representatives, and one state senator.
- The visit with Representative Kathy Crawford, R – Novi, from the 38th District (including Northville and Lyon Twp.) was energy packed. A lifetime resident of Novi, she recalled when it was all farmland, and shared with us her passion for our state’s “older adults,” introducing us to the idea of Playgrounds for Seniors.
- We met with Representative Klint Kesto, R – Commerce Township, from the 39th District (including West Bloomfield and Wixom) and his staff, focusing on some of the needs in West Bloomfield and how the chamber and his office can work together.
- We met Representative Mike McCready, R – Bloomfield Hills, from the 40th District (Including West Bloomfield, Birmingham and Bloomfield Twp.) in the lobby of the House before their session began. We learned that the term “lobbyist” came about because that was the place that they did their work.
- Senator Mike Kowall, R – White Lake, met us in the lobby of the Senate, where we discussed and acknowledged his support on road issues, as well as other things impacting West Bloomfield.
We were honored to be recognized on the floor of both houses of the Legislature as part of their formal proceedings.
I urge Michigan residents to take the opportunity to visit this amazing Capitol. The building is outstanding and full of history – and you can see your government in action!