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Harrison Township

Published May 17, 2013

Brandenburg named ‘Legislator of the Year’

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State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, stands with Mike Johnson (right), vice president of government affairs for the Michigan Manufacturing Association (MMA), and Chuck Hadden (left), president and CEO of the MMA. Brandenburg was presented with the MMA Legislator of the Year award for his commitment to helping improve the business climate in Michigan.

LANSING — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, has been named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA).

“I accept this award with sincere gratitude toward Michigan’s manufacturing industry, the true backbone of our state’s economy,” Brandenburg said after receiving the award on May 14. “Michigan is home to some of the hardest-working people in the world, and I am proud of the rebound the industry has experienced in recent years.”

Brandenburg, chair of Senate Finance Committee, put jobs at the top of his priorities list when running for state senate, and is now being honored for his accomplishments and hard work on an issue that has plagued Michigan for far too long.

“Michigan is in the midst of a comeback,” he said. “Unemployment is down from a 15 percent high to 8 percent, the lowest it’s been since 2008, and it continues to fall.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that Michigan’s comeback is stronger than any other state in the nation, and the state ranked fourth in the nation for corporate expansions in 2012.

“Jobs and getting people back to work remain my top priority,” said Brandenburg. “However, there is still much work to be done. This award has only made me want to work harder for the people of Michigan.”

MMA President and CEO Chuck Hadden said Brandenburg achieved what many thought was an impossible task: moving personal property tax legislation from Committee to the Senate in just three weeks.

“(Brandenburg) is a great champion for the state of Michigan and each and every manufacturer who resides here,” Hadden said.

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