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Matt Bach, Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317;


Samantha Harkins Named Director of State Affairs for MML


LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Municipal League today announced that Samantha Harkins has been named the League’s Director of State Affairs.

Harkins has been with the League for nearly five years as a lobbyist, focusing on energy and technology and municipal services issues. Before coming to the League, Harkins served as director of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and as a policy advisor for the House Republican policy office, focusing on local government issues. She also spent several years as executive assistant to Mayor Paul Fraim of Norfolk, VA.

“Samantha Harkins has proven an effective advocate for communities throughout Michigan, and I am excited to have her guide the League’s state affairs team,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the League. “Communities will lead the way in bringing Michigan back to greatness, and Samantha is the perfect person to direct our team in working with the Legislature to make sure the laws and policies allow for this.”

During her time at the League, Harkins has been recognized by her peers as an effective advocate by being ranked in the top 20 for Individual Lobbyist and the No. 2 Individual Single Interest Lobbyist in the 2011 Inside Michigan Politics Lobbyist Survey. In her new role she will head up the League’s lobbying activities in Lansing on behalf of member communities throughout the state.

“I love working with League members and the Legislature,” said Harkins. “I am excited for this new responsibility and challenge, and I am looking forward to leading our state advocacy effort to help our communities become vibrant places.”



For more information contact Matt Bach, League Director of Communications, at 734-669-6317 or

About the League: The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.



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