PHOTO INFORMATION: Rep. Markkanen (R-Hancock) is sworn in for his third term by outgoing House Clerk Gary Randall. Markkanen is joined by his wife, Jane.
State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, announced his office is open and ready to assist residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the residents of the Upper Peninsula in Lansing,” Markkanen said. “I encourage folks to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas so I can best represent our community.”
Rep. Markkanen has been appointed Republican Vice Chair of both the House committees on Elections, and Military, Veterans and Homeland Security. Markkanen will also serve on the House committees on Education, Insurance and Financial Services, and Tax Policy. Upon Democrat’s taking majority, many Republican members were only given one or two committee assignments. Markkanen’s diligent work during his first four years led to supplementary committee appointments, which means those in his district will have a greater voice in Lansing.
“We in the 110th district live 500 miles away from the Capitol, so when I go to Lansing, I make sure our voices are heard loud and clear,” Markkanen said.
Markkanen represents the new 110th House District, which includes Iron, Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, and Gogebic counties, and a portion of Dickinson County.
Rep. Markkanen recently hired former-Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain to serve as his legislative director, while Marie Repovz will continue serving as director of constituent services.
Rep. Markkanen’s office is located at S-1489 in the Anderson House Office Building. He can be contacted by calling (517) 373-0850, emailing GregMarkkanen@house.mi.gov, or mailing correspondence to S-1489 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, Michigan 48909.
“This is the best and safest option for Yoopers,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “There is no other realistic way to move natural gas without a pipeline. Trucking would be nearly impossible and would have a far greater negative impact. This is a common-sense solution that makes sense for everyone.”
“This project will bring jobs and an incredible investment to the Calumet community,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “Anytime we can pair an investment in local business with an investment in our armed forces, it’s a win for Michigan.”
“Many U.P. residents want freedom to install their own solar and have energy independence when possible,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “But they also need reliable and affordable energy when the sun is not out and the wind is not blowing. They also do not want tens of thousands of acres of their communities forced into being solar panels.”
“Local control is essential in all aspects of government, especially in projects that could change the entire landscape of a community,” said Markkanen, R-Hancock. “The people who know best about our community were elected by our friends and neighbors to make those decisions. It’s vital that our voices don’t get drowned out by Lansing Democrats who want to make the U.P. into a parking lot full of windmills.”