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Senator Ruth Johnson
During a Senate Elections Committee hearing on Wednesday with local clerks, Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, holds up an absentee ballot application mailed out by Secretary of State Benson to a voter who had moved more than 20 years ago.
June 26th 2020
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, invited the Rev. Todd Vanaman to the Capitol to give the invocation before Senate session on Wednesday. Vanaman is the pastor at the Dixie Baptist Church in Springfield Township and was welcomed to the Capitol by Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, who serves as assistant president pro tempore of the Senate.
February 26th 2020
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, discusses House Bill 5229 with Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel outside Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter's State of the County address on Feb. 12. Johnson passed out flyers encouraging residents to "demand the plan" from Coulter for proposed tax increases to fund regional transit. Hackel, whose county is not included in the new regional transit proposal, has said it is unfair to ask Macomb taxpayers who already pay into the SMART system for an additional millage.
February 20th 2020
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, and Rep. Sheryl Kennedy, D-Davison, join Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist in welcoming the Davison High School football team and Head Coach Jake Weingartz to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Johnson recognized the team during Senate session for their 2019 Division 1 State Football Championship and presented the team with a special tribute in their honor.
February 5th 2020
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, welcomed the Davison High School football team and Head Coach Jake Weingartz to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Johnson recognized the team during Senate session for their 2019 Division 1 State Football Championship and presented the team with a special tribute in their honor.
February 5th 2020
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, listens to Waterford Township Clerk Kim Markee tell the Senate Elections Committee about the need for options to meet the expected increase in absentee voter (AV) ballots this year. Johnson has introduced Senate Bills 756 and 757 to allow clerks in large cities or townships to perform certain preprocessing of AV ballots on the Monday prior to an election and to shift workers in an AV counting board any time after the polls have closed.
January 30th 2020
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, welcomed Kim Markee and Joshua Boman to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday night as her guests for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's 2020 State of the State address. Markee serves as Waterford Township clerk, and Boman of Holly is interested in government and is an active volunteer for Blessings in a Backpack to help feed children in Holly.
January 30th 2020
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, participates in a "Human Trafficking: Myth vs. Reality" panel discussion hosted by Oakland University's Center for Civic Engagement to provide information about the crime to students and the community. Pictured from left: Human trafficking survivor Paige Stocchi- Forgette, Sanctum House Executive Director Karen Moore, Johnson, Rep. Christine Grieg, and Dr. Jodi Flanders, medical director for Sanctum House.
January 28th 2020
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, on Monday highlighted her legislation to reduce the cost of prescription drugs in Michigan during an AARP Michigan rally in Detroit. Joining Johnson at the rally were AARP Michigan State Director Paula D. Cunningham; U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow; U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee and Rashida Tlaib; and state Reps. Hank Vaupel, Kevin Hertel and John Chirkun. Senate Bill 525 would allow Michigan to establish a Canadian drug importation program for the express purpose of reducing the cost of prescription drugs for Michigan consumers. The bill would require the state to work with the federal government to implement the program and maintain drug safety protections.
November 20th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, on Monday highlighted her legislation to reduce the cost of prescription drugs in Michigan during an AARP Michigan rally in Detroit. Joining Johnson at the rally were AARP Michigan State Director Paula D. Cunningham; U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow; U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee and Rashida Tlaib; and state Reps. Hank Vaupel, Kevin Hertel and John Chirkun. Senate Bill 525 would allow Michigan to establish a Canadian drug importation program for the express purpose of reducing the cost of prescription drugs for Michigan consumers. The bill would require the state to work with the federal government to implement the program and maintain drug safety protections.
November 20th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, on Monday highlighted her legislation to reduce the cost of prescription drugs in Michigan during an AARP Michigan rally in Detroit. Joining Johnson at the rally were AARP Michigan State Director Paula D. Cunningham; U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow; U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee and Rashida Tlaib; and state Reps. Hank Vaupel, Kevin Hertel and John Chirkun. Senate Bill 525 would allow Michigan to establish a Canadian drug importation program for the express purpose of reducing the cost of prescription drugs for Michigan consumers. The bill would require the state to work with the federal government to implement the program and maintain drug safety protections.
November 20th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, welcomed Deacon Ron Kenney to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Kenney is the deacon at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Goodrich and gave the invocation before Senate session.
October 30th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, welcomed Deacon Ron Kenney to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Kenney is the deacon at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Goodrich and gave the invocation before Senate session.
October 30th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, welcomed Craig Nagy of the Cinnamom bakery in Grand Blanc to the state Capitol on Tuesday to help provide senators and staff a treat in honor of her first bill being passed by the Senate. Cinnamom was started in 2013 by Craig's wife, Rebecca Nagy, with her mom's original recipes. The bakery now offers over 40 different types of homemade cinnamon rolls. The treat was in honor of the Senate recently passing Johnson's bill, Senate Bill 70, which would create an address confidentiality program to help protect victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking by keeping their physical addresses hidden from their offenders.
October 29th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, welcomed the Rev. Kent Ward Clark to the state Capitol on Thursday to give the invocation before Senate session. Clark is the senior pastor at Grace Gospel Fellowship in Pontiac and leads the Grace Centers of Hope, which is Southeast Michigan's oldest and largest faith-based residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.
June 20th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, welcomed the Rev. Kent Ward Clark to the state Capitol on Thursday to give the invocation before Senate session. Clark is the senior pastor at Grace Gospel Fellowship in Pontiac and leads the Grace Centers of Hope, which is Southeast Michigan's oldest and largest faith-based residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.
June 20th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, spoke during the Oakland County Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration Kick-Off event on Friday at the county courthouse grounds in Pontiac. Johnson celebrated the event with area residents and spoke about her journey as an elected official and as a woman who has held various leadership roles at the state and local level, including being the first woman elected as Oakland County clerk/register of deeds in 2004.
June 14th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, spoke during the Oakland County Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration Kick-Off event on Friday at the county courthouse grounds in Pontiac. Johnson celebrated the event with area residents and spoke about her journey as an elected official and as a woman who has held various leadership roles at the state and local level, including being the first woman elected as Oakland County clerk/register of deeds in 2004.
June 14th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, welcomed Sgt. Dan Burrows to the state Capitol on Thursday as her guest for the Michigan Senate's 25th Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Burrows is a U.S. Army veteran and is currently the post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4087 in Davison.
May 28th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, and Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard announce new Senate legislation designed to crack down on distracted driving in Michigan. Senate Bill 288 would expand the state's current texting-while-driving ban to all portable electronic devices unless being used by the driver in a "hands-free" manner. Johnson and Bouchard were joined by Transportation Improvement Association CEO Jim Santilli and Laurel Zimmerman and Jim and Diane Freybler. Zimmerman lost her daughter Ally and the Freyblers lost their son Jacob as the result of distracted driving accidents.
April 26th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, celebrated National Reading Month by reading to Ms. Selden's second-grade class and Ms. Ferguson's first-grade students at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School in Waterford Township. To promote the importance of reading, Johnson has been reading to students at local elementary schools throughout March.
March 26th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, celebrated National Reading Month by reading to Ms. Selden's second-grade class and Ms. Ferguson's first-grade students at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School in Waterford Township. To promote the importance of reading, Johnson has been reading to students at local elementary schools throughout March.
March 26th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, on Thursday welcomed American Legion, Department of Michigan State Commander Steve Striggow of Holly to the Capitol for a special tribute in celebration of the organization's 100th anniversary.
March 15th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, welcomed the Rev. Richard Kinnamon to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Kinnamon is the pastor at Twelve Stones Church in Holly and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Kinnamon's son Timothy and Holly Township Supervisor George Kullis joined Johnson and Kinnamon for the invocation.
February 14th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, welcomed the Rev. Richard Kinnamon to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Kinnamon is the pastor at Twelve Stones Church in Holly and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
February 14th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, welcomed Matthew Smith to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday night as her guest for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's 2019 State of the State address. Smith is a member of the Davison Board of Education and is studying political science at the University of Michigan-Flint.
February 13th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, participates in a ceremony at the Capitol with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other female legislators to promote the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" initiative and raise awareness about the risk of heart disease and stroke in women.
February 7th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly; Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton; and Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township; wear red to show their support for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women initiative. The Go Red movement is dedicated to increasing awareness about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in women in the U.S.
February 7th 2019
Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, was sworn in as senator for the 14th District on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman administered the oath of office. Johnson was joined on the Senate floor for the oath by Robert DePalma; Pam Mazich; Donn Hinds; Ed and Marilyn Macadeg; Chris Maniaci; Matt and Wendy Smith; Laura Toy; Susan Nash; Julie Ogg; and Luke, Brianna, Alexia and Mariah Markell.
January 10th 2019