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Dear Neighbors,

We achieved important successes last year, including passing a law that will lower auto insurance rates, which will kick in July 2020. This year I will be working to continue strengthening our economy, expanding rural broadband and natural gas access, fixing our roads, banning sanctuary cities, and defending our values and constitutional rights.

A big discussion will again revolve around the state budget. Gov. Whitmer pushed a nearly $3 billion tax increase on drivers and small businesses, transferred appropriated funds away from their intended purposes, and cut funding to roads in her first budget cycle, and now she’s unilaterally putting our state over $5 billion more into debt. I will continue working to pass balanced budgets that protect taxpayers, support our economy, and work to dedicate record resources to education and fixing our roads.

Please contact me if we can be of assistance with state government or to share your perspective on issues. We will keep fighting for a brighter future for the people of Michigan.


Aric Nesbitt

District Spotlight


State of the State address

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Nesbitt welcomed Michael and Christine VanDenBerg to the governor’s 2020 State of the State address. Michael and Christine are leaders in Allegan County.

Michael serves as the Gun Plain Charter Township supervisor and Christine serves on the Plainwell Community Schools Board of Education.


Kentwood Chamber of Commerce 40th Anniversary

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Nesbitt, members of the community and other elected officials recently celebrated the Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce’s 40th anniversary.

Nesbitt was joined by his colleague Sen. Peter MacGregor at the Amway Plaza for the event. Nesbitt also had the honor of congratulating Jessica Ann Tyson, owner of the Candied Yam, for winning the Retail Business of the Year award.


Michigan State Police “Trooper of the Year”

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Nesbitt was proud to present Wayland Post Trooper Evan Alkema with a legislative tribute to honor his achievement of receiving the Gerstacker Trooper of the Year Award.

Trooper Alkema was picked as Trooper of the Year earlier this year for his exemplary work performance, leadership skills and extensive community involvement both on and off duty. Rep. Steven Johnson was present during the presentation.


The Rev. Matthew Stob gives invocation for Senate session

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Nesbitt welcomed the Rev. Matthew Stob to provide the invocation at the beginning of Senate session.

Stob is the pastor of Maranatha Church in Holland.


Daddy/Daughter Day at the Capitol

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A very special guest joined Nesbitt in Lansing recently.

Nesbitt’s young daughter, Catherine, was able to join him at the Capitol. Catherine enjoyed presiding over the Senate and playing with the gavel.


Nesbitt reminds schools of federal school safety grant application deadline

Schools must be a safe place for students to learn and grow. The fiscal year 2019 Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Grant Program is designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help protect against acts of violence. Entities that are eligible to apply are public agencies (including school districts and individual schools), private schools and federally recognized Indian tribes.

Applications for the STOP School Violence Grant Program are due on Tuesday, March 3. Find more information, including applications and instructions, at (click on the “Available Funding” box).


Winter Free Fishing Weekend

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Whatever the season, fishing is a fantastic way to spend time in Michigan’s great outdoors!

Michigan’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend — held Feb. 15 and 16 this year — offers an opportunity to enjoy cold weather fishing. Favorite winter species include yellow perch, bluegill, pike, smelt and walleye. All fishing license fees are waived for the two days. All fishing regulations still apply.

Parking is also free at state parks and recreation areas during the free fishing weekend. Find more details, including information on sponsored events, at


Michigan's 26th Senate District

The 26th State Senate District includes all of Allegan and Van Buren counties, as well as the city of Kentwood and Gaines Township in Kent County.

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Senator Aric Nesbitt
6100 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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