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Prusi elected Senate Dem leader

by: LiberalLucy

Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 13:45:32 PM EST

Just in from the State Senate, Senator Mike Prusi of Ishpeming has been elected by his peers to be the next Democratic Caucus Leader when current leader Mark Schauer heads to Washington D.C. next January as Congressman for the 7th District.

From the Senate Democratic Caucus  -

"The challenges before us are great, but by staying focused on what's best for the people who sent us here we can turn Michigan's economy around," said Prusi. "We must be united in making changes that will help our children and grandchildren find jobs and raise their families' right here in this great state."

Prusi has served in several leadership positions within the caucus, including as the lead Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee and previously as the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The Senator also serves on the Energy Policy, Judiciary and Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs committees. Before being elected to the Senate, he served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. Prior to his legislative career, Mike worked for over twenty years as an iron ore miner for the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company at various Marquette County mining operations, including five years as an underground miner.

"Senator Prusi has been at the forefront of the most pressing issues facing our state, including energy policy and the state budget," said Schauer. "These experiences will serve him well, and I am confident he will excel in his new role as Caucus Leader. We will work closely together to ensure a smooth, productive transition."

"Senator Prusi is an experienced, thoughtful legislator who will make sure people are the top priority," said Democratic Floor Leader Buzz Thomas (D-Detroit). "I look forward to working closely with him to advance an agenda that will attract jobs to Michigan and improve the lives of struggling consumers."

Previous to today's election, the race was defined by many insiders as a complete toss-up between Prusi and Thomas. It's also worth noting that Prusi had challenged Schauer for the position in 2006 after the Senate elections, but Schauer prevailed. 

A hearty congrats to Sen. Prusi, his family, and then entire Senate Democratic Caucus.

LiberalLucy :: Prusi elected Senate Dem leader
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Threadjack! Devos out for 2010
Hate to hijack your diary LL, but Gongwer just ran with a story that's not enough for a diary, but no open thread around.

Amway Guy announced he's not running for Gov in 2010.

No worries
And it's crap. I'll believe it when I see it (and I'm not talking about his crap-tacular video over at Right(to be Wrong)Michigan.

He's like a little kid at a candy store, he just can't resist.  

I want to change the world, not help people adjust to it. - Millie Jeffrey, MI - National Women's labor and Democratic activist, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

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