Bizon announces leadership position, committee assignments and chief of staff

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Bizon, M.D. on Wednesday announced his committee assignments, leadership position and office chief of staff for the 100th Legislature.

Bizon was elected by fellow Republicans to serve as assistant majority whip for the Senate.

Bizon also has been assigned three committee leadership roles. He will chair the Senate Families, Seniors, and Veterans Committee; serve as vice chair of the Health Policy and Human Services Committee; and serve as vice chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health/Human Services.

In addition, Bizon will serve as a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Capital Outlay and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Universities and Community Colleges.

“Senate committees are vital to the passage of legislation that has been thoroughly vetted,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in these many committees.”

A full list of Senate committees and their memberships is available online at Click on the Committees tab.

Bizon also named Thornapple Township Trustee Jake Jelsema to serve as chief of staff for his legislative office. Jelsema is a lifelong Barry County resident and 2005 graduate of Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Aquinas College and a law degree from Cooley Law School.

Previously, Jelsema was Bizon’s legislative policy aide in the Michigan House of Representatives. Jelsema will be Bizon’s key staffer for the $24.86 billion Michigan Department of Health and Human Services budget, which accounts for roughly 45 percent of all state spending.

“Three of our four office staff will be longtime residents of Barry and Calhoun counties,” Bizon said. “I’d like to let residents know that my Senate office is open to help them.”

Bizon’s office can be contacted by email at [email protected] or phone at 517-373-2426.