Bizon gets new state Senate leadership roles

Lawmaker supports Senate Republican 2021 priorities

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Bizon, M.D. on Tuesday announced he will serve as Senate majority whip for the 101st Legislature.

“It is an honor to be chosen by my fellow Republican senators to serve in this important leadership role,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “2020 was an incredibly difficult year, and we will face new challenges in 2021 and the new legislative session.

“I am looking forward to working with my legislative colleagues to provide solutions to the problems facing the hardworking job providers in the 19th District and throughout Michigan.”

Bizon previously served as the assistant majority whip. The principle task of a majority whip is to keep track of the number of Republican senators’ votes for and against legislation.

In addition to being voted majority whip, Bizon has been assigned several committee leadership roles. He will continue to chair the Senate Families, Seniors, and Veterans Committee; serve as vice chair of the Health Policy and Human Services Committee; chair the Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections and Judiciary; and serve as vice chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health/Human Services and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

“Senate committees are vital to the passage of legislation that has been thoroughly vetted,” Bizon said. “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 www.MiSenateGOP.com. Click on the Committees tab.

Bizon also applauded the Senate Republican 2021 priorities that were unveiled by the caucus on Tuesday ahead of Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State address.

“We must redouble our efforts to ensure a healthier Michigan in 2021,” Bizon said. “Our 2021 priorities place the focus where it needs to be: the health of our families and communities, the health of our economy, and the health of our future.

“I am particularly pleased we are committed to building a smarter infrastructure system, getting students and schools back on track, preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce, and protecting Michiganders against COVID-19.”

The list of priorities includes 19 items that range from promoting economic freedom for hardworking taxpayers to ensuring confidence in elections. The Senate Republicans spent the past several months working to support residents and job providers struggling to make ends meet under the governor’s restrictions.

To date, the caucus has dedicated nearly $4 billion to combat COVID-19 and the economic impact of Gov. Whitmer’s shutdowns. Those funds have been used to support local schools, workers, and businesses.

The Senate Republican’s COVID-19 relief plan provided grants to out-of-work Michiganders and businesses disproportionately affected by the governor’s closure orders; ensured storage and delivery of Michigan’s vaccine supply; helped hospitals and nursing homes hire more nurses to care for the sick; and, increased pay for direct care workers.