Need to Know: Your Michigan Leaders

In our 2018 midterm elections over 47% of eligible voters turned out to cast their votes. According to NPR, that was the highest turnout for a midterm election since 1966. Although the American population goes through ebbs and flows re: voting, these past midterms are a reminder of what it takes for an active liberal democratic society to function. The American people have the ability to shift the political makeup of our nation, and Interfaith Action hopes to encourage faith communities of Southwest Michigan to use their voices to advocate for peace & justice.

One of the best ways to utilize our voice outside of an election is through contacting our state representatives and state senators for Van Buren, Cass, and Berrien counties in Michigan, Michigan Governor and Lt. Governor, as well as our representative for the House and current U.S. Senators. Each of our working groups sees how policy impacts issues of interest such as clean water and the preservation of the Great Lakes, immigration, gun control and anti-discrimination laws, and environmental issues. We have the opportunity to influence policy through writing and calling our leaders and letting them know what is necessary in our districts.

Below is a list of the Michigan leaders and their contact information. . If there is a leader you do not know, get to know their platform and areas of interest and expertise.

Michigan House of Representatives:
Beth Griffin (R), District 066 (Van Buren County)
http://gophouse.org/representatives/central/griffin/
bethgriffin@house.mi.gov
517-373-0839

Brad Paquette (R), District 078 (Berrien/Cass Counties)
http://gophouse.org/representatives/southwest/paquette/
bradpaquette@house.mi.gov
517-373-1796

Pauline Wendzel (R), District 079 (Berrien)
http://gophouse.org/representatives/southwest/wendzel/
paulinewendzel@house.mi.gov
517-373-1796

Michigan Senate:
Aric Nesbitt (R), District 26 (Van Buren County)
https://www.senatoraricnesbitt.com
517-373-0793
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909

Kim LaSata (R), District 21 (Berrien/Cass Counties)
https://www.statesenatorkimlasata.com
517-373-6390
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909

Michigan Governor/ Lt. Governor:
Gretchen Whitmer (D) / Garlin Gilchrist II (D)
https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/
517-373-3400
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, MI 48909

United States Senators:
Debbie Stabenow (D)
https://www.stabenow.senate.gov
202-224-4822
Hart Senate Office Building
Suite 731
Washington, DC 20510

Gary Peters (D)
https://www.peters.senate.gov
202-224-6221
Hart Senate Office Building
Suite 724
Washington, DC 20510

United States House of Representatives:
Fred Upton (R), District 6 (Berrien/Cass/Van Buren)
https://upton.house.gov
202-225-3761
St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Office: 720 Main St., St. Joseph, MI
Washington, DC Office:
2183 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

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