Senators Mike Nofs and Margaret O’Brien deliver memorial statements for Rebecca Rocho

LANSING, Mich. — State Sens. Mike Nofs and Margaret O’Brien delivered memorial statements on the sudden death of Rebecca Rocho, the assistant superintendent for legislation and education policy with the Calhoun Intermediate School District.

“Becky Rocho, a 41-year veteran of the Calhoun ISD and statewide expert on education management and the Revised School Code, was a friend and constituent of mine who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “She was an invaluable resource to a lot of policymakers around Lansing and was a staunch supporter of education and children. Becky’s passing is a tremendous loss to the education community and the entire education system of the state of Michigan.”

“During her years in education, Becky Rocho was well-known as an advocate, cheerleader and champion of students,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “Since Tuesday, there has been an outpouring of emotions from those who knew her and worked with her. While she was not my constituent, I worked with Becky on education issues for my entire legislative career to date. Calhoun County has lost an education giant. To her family, we express our deepest sympathies and they remain in our prayers.”

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Michigan Manufacturers Association honors Sen. Nofs as 2015 Legislator of the Year

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Mike Nofs was recently honored as one of four Michigan lawmakers to receive the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) Legislator of the Year Award.

Nofs was honored for his leadership, commitment and dedication to improving Michigan manufacturing’s competitiveness through reform of the state’s Personal Property Tax (PPT) and his continued hard work to ensure reliable, competitive energy options for Michigan. The MMA said that Nofs has long been a knowledgeable leader in energy policy, and his latest efforts will improve an industry that is central to Michigan’s status as the Comeback State.

“When I ran for office, my motto was ‘Jobs first, Jobs now,’” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “I am thrilled to be recognized by the providers of the most jobs in our state. I feel as though I’ve helped realize that goal.”

Other legislators honored at the 2015 MMA Legislative Reception on Sept. 29 included Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City; Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Twp.; and Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton.

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Sen. Nofs honors retiring Michigan Public Service Commissioner Greg White

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Mike Nofs on Thursday honored retiring Michigan Public Service Commissioner Greg White with a Senate resolution. White accepted the resolution with his wife Junru at the Capitol during Senate session.

“Greg’s advice and counsel over the years have been invaluable to me,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “Greg is a straight shooter and took seriously his role in protecting the interests of the residents of Michigan and the integrity of the regulatory process, which I greatly appreciate.”

White has provided expert testimony before the U.S. Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board and the Michigan Legislature concerning energy supply, energy utilities, electric transmission, nuclear power and telecommunications.

Prior to his appointment by Gov. Granholm, White served as an executive assistant and special assistant for Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) members and served as the legislative liaison for the MPSC, representing the commission with expertise before the Michigan Legislature and U.S. Congress on matters of energy, utilities, telecommunications and the motor carrier industries.

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