Sen. Hertel, Reps. Lightner and Witwer to lead Capitol Caucus

LANSING, Mich. — The Capitol Caucus has selected Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D–East Lansing) as Chair, and Reps. Angela Witwer (D–Delta Twp.) and Sarah Lightner (R–Springport) as Vice Chairs for its 2019-2020 leadership positions.

“Mid-Michigan is a unique region, with diverse businesses, a major university, a strong agricultural industry, home of the Capitol, and incredibly passionate people,” Sen Hertel said. “I am honored to serve as the Chair of the Capitol Caucus, and I look forward to working in a bipartisan effort to advance the growth of our region.”

The Capitol Caucus is a nine-member, bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers from the mid-Michigan region, who represent legislative districts in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.

“I’m honored to be named Vice Chair of the Capitol Caucus to help advocate for a region I’ve lived and worked in for years,” Rep. Witwer said. “Being involved in the Lansing Chamber for more than 30 years, I’ve witnessed how powerful collaboration between local legislators and the business community can be when sharing a vision and having regular dialogue. I look forward to doing my part in the caucus having an effective term promoting the Greater Lansing region.”

Rep. Lightner echoed a similar sentiment.

“I am excited to have been chosen as the Vice Chair, and I am looking forward to working with our neighboring Representatives and Senators on issues that directly impact the entire mid-Michigan region,” Rep. Lightner said.

The other members of the caucus are Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) and Reps. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Township), Kara Hope (D-Holt), Graham Filler (R-Ovid) and Ben Frederick (R-Owosso).

“We are excited to work with our new Capital Caucus members and look forward to continuing to accomplish great things together for the Greater Lansing region,” said Steve Japinga, vice president of government relations and public policy for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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