The state’s top legislative leaders will join county Farm Bureau members for a virtual conversation during the Feb. 23 edition of Michigan Farm Bureau’s Hitching Post. House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare), House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Ann Arbor), Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) will share their priorities and outlook for the 2021-22 session and take questions from attendees. The panel will be moderated by Branch County farmer and MFB Young Farmer Chair Paul Pridgeon.
Hitching Post takes place live via Zoom at 7 p.m. Feb. 23—register today!
“This time of year, our members are usually looking forward to events like Lansing Legislative Seminar, where they can engage in-person with elected officials on issues important to Farm Bureau policy,” said Rob Anderson, MFB’s state government relations manager. “Though we’re still having to gather virtually for now, we’re excited to offer members this exclusive opportunity to hear from elected leaders as they prepare to consider appropriations recommendations and policy bills that will impact the food and agriculture sector.”
The four leaders bring diverse backgrounds to the Legislature and represent a mix of rural, suburban and urban communities across the state:
Rep. Jason Wentworth is serving his third term in the House, representing residents in the 97th House District, comprised of Clare, Gladwin, Arenac and part of Osceola County including Evart city and the townships of Evart, Hersey, Highland, Marion, Middle Branch, Orient, Osceola, Sherman and Sylvan.
Prior to being elected, Wentworth was a regional coordinator for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. This after serving in the U.S. Army as a military police officer, including completing a tour in South Korea.
Rep. Donna Lasinski is serving her third term representing the 52nd House District, which encompasses northern and western Washtenaw County, including Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Saline and Whitmore Lake.
Lasinski is also the President of ThinkStretch, LLC, a K-12 education company focused on summer learning and retention that currently operates in 38 states.
Sen. Mike Shirkey is serving his second term representing residents of the 16th Senate District, which includes Branch, Hillsdale and Jackson counties. Prior to joining the Senate, he served four years representing the 65th House District.
Shirkey is the founder and owner of Orbitform, an engineering company that manufactures forming, fastening, joining and assembly equipment for a wide range of industries and applications.
Sen. Jim Ananich has served in the Senate since 2013, when he won a special election to fill the 27th Senate District seat. He is now in his third term (second full term).
Prior to joining the Senate, Ananich represented portions of Flint and Genesee County for one full term and one partial term in the Michigan House. He also served four years on the Flint City Council, including one year as its president.
Ananich is a former civics and government teacher at Carman-Ainsworth and Flint Community Schools and also worked as an education coordinator for Priority Children, where he helped train Genesee County youth to secure internships and jobs.
In addition to the Zoom meeting, the Hitching Post series will be livestreamed on the MFB Facebook page.
If you’re unable to participate on Feb. 23, but still interested in the content, all events will be recorded and posted to the MFB YouTube Channel.