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Dear Friends,

It has been an honor to serve the great people of West Michigan in the Senate since I took office late last year. With a new year underway, we are already hard at work for you.

To better serve you, I am offering this e-newsletter on what’s happening in the 28th Senate District and across our state.

I encourage you to contact me with any state issues. You may call toll-free at 1-855-347-8028 or email [email protected]. Also, please check out my Facebook page. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

Working for you,
Mark Huizenga
State Senator

In-district office hours

An important part of representing everyone in West Michigan is hearing directly from the people about the issues they are facing. I plan on holding in-person office hours throughout the district on a regular basis. They give local residents a chance to express their viewpoints about what needs to be done and offer help to people dealing with a variety of state issues.

Our next set of in-district office hours are Friday, Jan. 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Herman’s Boy, 220 Northland Dr. NE in Rockford and on Saturday, Jan. 29 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Anna’s House, 3874 Plainfield Ave NE in Plainfield.

Office hours are open to all residents and no appointment is necessary. Space is limited at some locations, and people are encouraged to take proper safety precautions. Anyone who is unable to attend the office hours may contact my office.

Ending human trafficking in Michigan

My colleagues and I have increased protections for survivors of human trafficking and continue to fight to bring this form of modern-day slavery to an end. To get involved and help put an end to this horrific crime, you can click here to visit the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force website.

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Opening day of 2022 legislative session

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As is required in the Michigan Constitution, on Jan. 12 the Michigan Senate held its first day the 2022 regular session. The state’s constitution requires that “each regular session start on the second Wednesday in January at 12:00 noon.” The legislative session ends on Dec. 31.

The Michigan Senate consists of 38 members who are elected by the residents of each district. Senators are elected at the same time as the governor and serve four-year terms concurrent with the governor’s term of office. The Senate generally meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 a.m.

District and constituent staff to help serve you

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I am proud to have Stacey Gomoll and former Rep. Rob VerHeulen join our team to help serve the hardworking people of the 28th Senate District and give them a voice on the tough issues affecting them and our entire state.

Rob will serve as a part-time district director, where his longtime service to our community will be an invaluable asset. As my constituent relations director, Stacey will bring her experience helping Michigan families and workers to help us provide the best service possible.

Rob served as mayor of Walker from 2001 to 2012, state representative for the 74th District from 2013 to 2018, and district representative for Sen. Peter MacGregor from 2019 to 2020. Stacey comes to our office from Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas’ office, where she served as an administrative assistant and constituent relations representative.

Supreme Court blocks Biden COVID-19 vaccine mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the Biden Administration’s heavy-handed mandate forcing private businesses with more than 100 employees to require employees receive a COVID-19 vaccination or be tested for the virus weekly.

While I am consistently disappointed in our state’s own executive for failing to stand up to gross overreach by the federal government, I am glad our Supreme Court has stepped in to balance the scales. It is my hope that the federal government will pull back these disastrous rules that further jeopardize our strained economy, strained supply lines, and strained hospitals. At this time, maintaining the CMS order will only exacerbate the strained workforce in hospitals and other health care facilities.

During the first day of session of 2022, the Michigan Senate adopted Senate Resolution 101, a resolution condemning President Biden’s Head Start vaccine and mask mandate.

Hosted Marine promotion ceremony at Capitol

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It was an honor to host a promotion ceremony for Marine Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Smith in the old Supreme Court chambers of the state Capitol.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew T. Alderman presided over the event, in which Smith was promoted from staff sergeant to gunnery sergeant.

Gunnery Sgt. Smith has dedicated his life to helping ensure America has the best and bravest Marines ready to defend our freedoms and way of life.

My son Blake was recruited by Smith, and I can think of no greater compliment than to say that my wife and I entrusted him with the life of our son, who is now a lance corporal in the Marines.

Sgt. Maj. Fritz M. Lowe and several of Smith’s fellow Marines were on hand for the ceremony. You can click here to watch a video of the ceremony.

In 2019, Smith came to Michigan as an area canvassing recruiter at Recruiting Station Lansing, Recruiting Sub-Station (RSS) Grand Rapids. In May 2021, he transferred to his current position as the staff non-commissioned officer in charge at RSS Capital City. Smith’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Enjoy winter in Michigan!

Winter is a great time to bundle up and escape to Michigan’s great outdoors!

With more than 3,000 miles of cross-country ski trails, nearly 1,000 downhill ski runs, 6,500 miles of snowmobile trails, 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, you are never far from your next outdoor adventure.

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Oversight committees review report on UIA fraud

The Senate and House Oversight committees held a joint hearing to discuss a Deloitte and Touche investigation into imposter fraud and intentional misrepresentation payments made by the Unemployment Insurance Agency.

According to the Deloitte report, the agency is alleged to have squandered up to $8.5 billion in fraudulent jobless claims throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The new report follows a recent state Office of the Auditor General audit indicating $3.9 billion had been paid out to ineligible recipients due to the agency ignoring federal rules.

There are unanswered questions that the department needs to address. Who specifically was responsible for preventing fraud while this was happening or who made the decisions to roll back fraud protections? The hearings will continue until we find who was responsible for these decisions and they are held accountable for their actions.

Report shows DHHS undercounted nursing home COVID-19 deaths

An auditor general report confirms the number of Michiganders lost to COVID-19 in long-term care facilities was much higher than the governor was willing to admit – 42% higher than numbers from her health department.

In the beginning days of the pandemic, Gov. Whitmer was warned by experts not to expose nursing homes to the virus — but she ignored them. Republicans and Democrats worked together to send her a bill to keep COVID-19 patients out of the facilities — but she promptly vetoed it. Attorney General Dana Nessel declined to investigate the governor's deadly nursing home policy.

My colleagues and I will not stop our efforts until we get answers for every family who lost a loved one. Members of the Michigan House and Senate Oversight committees hosted a hearing Thursday morning to examine underreported nursing home deaths in the state. You can click here to read the 13-page report.

National Radon Action Month

Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer? What makes radon so deadly is that it cannot be seen, smelled or tasted. The only way to be aware of its presence is through proper testing. Testing for radon is simple, and all homes should be tested. Click here for more information on radon and testing.

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COVID-19 resources

Below is a list of resources available to you if you need any type of assistance. Additionally, you can contact my office at any time for more information

• Information on the COVID-19 vaccines:
• General information, resources, testing locations and more:
• Coronavirus hotline for health-related questions: 1-888-535-6136 daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1-800-232-4636 or
• Michigan PEER Warmline for mental health support and substance abuse challenges: 1-888-733-7753 every day from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
• National suicide prevention lifeline available 24/7: Call 1-800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or visit


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The 28th Senate District

The 28th Senate District consists of the cities of Cedar Springs, Grandville, Rockford, Walker, Wyoming city, and the townships of Algoma, Alpine, Byron, Cannon, Courtland, Grattan, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Solon, Sparta, Spencer, Tyrone, and Vergennes in Kent County.

Contact Me

Serving the constituents of the 28th Senate district is very important to me and I encourage you to contact me with any state issues. You may contact me by calling toll-free 1-855-347-8028 or emailing [email protected].

I look forward to serving you, and I encourage you to contact me if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

Senator Mark Huizenga
201 Townsend St., Suite #7200
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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