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Proos honored by state’s police chiefs

Published 9:27am Wednesday, February 20, 2013

MACP honors legislators

Michigan senators Rick Jones and John Pross, along with Michigan Rep. John Walsh have been selected as MACP Legislators of the Year by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. They were presented their awards during the MACP Mid-Winter Conference banquet Feb. 7 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

The recipients and why they were recognized:

Senator Proos

State Sen. John Proos, represents the 21st district in Southwest Lower Michigan.

Proos served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2005-2010 before being elected to the Senate. Sen. Proos is serving on the Senate Appropriations Committee, chair of the Corrections and Judiciary subcommittees; vice chair of the department of licensing and regulatory affairs subcommittee and on the Human Services subcommittee. He will also now serve as vice chair of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee and on the Finance and Redistricting Committees.

During this past legislative session Sen. Proos worked closely with members of the MACP introducing SB 1315 and co-sponsoring SB 1321 which were passed by both Chambers and signed into law by the Governor. These two bills, which originated in our legislative committee, were shepherded through the Senate by Sen. Proos and Jones, respectively.

Sen. Proos provided significant support and assistance to the MACP legislative committee during this past session, as well as having a record of supporting strong public safety initiatives.

Senator Jones

Senator Rick Jones represents the 24th District in central Michigan.

Sen. Jones is a former sheriff and state representative, with a record of public service extending over 40 years. He serves as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and vice-chair of both the Senate’s Regulatory Reform Committee, and its RedistrictingCommittee.

Representative Walsh

State Rep. John Walsh represents the 19th district in Southeast Michigan.

He was first elected to House of Representatives in 2008.

Following his re-elections in both 2010 and 2012, Walsh was elected by his colleagues to serve as House Speaker Pro Tempore. During his time in the legislature, Walsh served as the minority vice-chair of the Government Operations Committee and the vice-chair of the Tax Policy Committee.

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