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Breakfast with Legislators
Join us Monday, June 7 as we welcome Speaker of the House, Representative Jason Wentworth, to provide an overview of current top priorities including the budget, return to work, and talent. Grand Rapids Chamber Director of Government Affairs, Alexa Kramer, will also lead a bipartisan panel discussion focused on criminal justice reform in the state of Michigan featuring Representative David LaGrand and Representative Graham Filler.
Breakfast with Legislators events provide Chamber members and their employees the opportunity to establish relationships with key decision makers and voice opinions on issues moving forward in Lansing. Networking and facilitated question-and-answer sessions offer firsthand information on upcoming legislation and House and Senate committee activities, prompting great dialogue between legislators and Chamber members.
Monday, June 7
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Members: $25 / Non-Members: $35
Meet the Speakers
Rep. Graham Filler, Michigan House of Representatives District 93
Rep. Graham Filler was first elected to serve the 93rd House District, which encompasses Clinton County and portions of Gratiot County, in November 2018. He currently serves as chairman of the House Judiciary committee and is a member on the Agriculture and Health Policy committees.
In 2011, Graham was named an assistant attorney general. He is active with the St. John’s Kiwanis Club 707, the SafeCenter organization, and Big Brothers Big Sisters and was named Kiwanian of the Year in 2014. He is also a member and supporter of the Farm Bureau, the NRA, and Right to Life of Clinton County and active in the Republican Party, serving as the treasurer for the Clinton County Republican Party.
Rep. David LaGrand, Michigan House of Representatives District 75
Rep. David LaGrand is serving his third term representing the 75th House District, which encompasses a portion of the city of Grand Rapids.
Before his election to the House, LaGrand served on the Grand Rapids City Commission and the Grand Rapids Board of Education. He is a small business owner and entrepreneur, having started a construction firm in college, Four Friends Coffee Shop in 1994, Wealthy Street Bakery in 2002, and currently Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids. LaGrand also worked as a lawyer at Warner, Norcross & Judd LLP before serving eight years as a Kent County assistant prosecutor. In 2000, he entered his own private practice.
In the House, LaGrand is focused on improving the lives of Grand Rapidians, fully investing in education, supporting small businesses to help them create good-paying jobs, protecting the environment, reforms to the criminal justice system, and government transparency.
Rep. Jason Wentworth, Speaker of the House, Michigan House of Representatives
Representative Jason Wentworth was first elected to the Michigan House in November 2016 to represent the residents of Clare, Gladwin, Arenac and part of Osceola County. He is chair of the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates and serves on the Legislative Council Committee. He is an Army veteran and previously worked for the Michigan Veteran’s Affairs Agency.