League members honor U.S. Senator Carl Levin in Washington D.C. this week. From left Janice Winfrey, Detroit City Clerk; Barry Brickner, Farmington Hills Mayor; Ellen Ellenburg, Burton City Councilmember; Rackeline Hoff, Birmingham City Councilmember; Fenton City Councilmember Patricia Lockwood; League CEO Dan Gilmartin; Linden Mayor and League President David Lossing; Fenton City Manager Lynn Markland; Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley; Sen. Carl Levin; Samantha Harkins; Randal Bruce, Farmington Hills City Councilmember; Jeff Jenks, Huntington Woods Mayor Pro Tem; Phillip Moore, Alma City Manager; Fenton Mayor Sue Osborn; and Summer Minnick.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several Michigan Municipal League members were in Washington D.C. this week for the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference. During the Conference, the Michigan contingent met with U.S. Senator Carl Levin and had the opportunity to thank him for his years of service in the Senate. Levin announced last week that he will not seek a seventh term in Congress in 2014 after serving 34 years in office.
Among those attending the NLC Conference as part of the Michigan Municipal League contingent are Linden Mayor David Lossing, President of the Michigan Municipal League Board; Fenton Mayor Sue Osborn; Fenton Councilmember Patricia Lockwood, former League President; Fenton City Manager Lynn Markland; Huntington Woods Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Jenks, former League President; Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley; Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey; Alma City Manager Phillip Moore; Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner; Burton City Councilmember Ellen Ellenburg; Birmingham Councilmember Rackeline Hoff; Farmington Hills City Councilmember Randal Bruce; and League CEO Daniel Gilmartin and League staff Samantha Harkins and Summer Minnick.
In addition to meeting with Sen. Levin, the group also met with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and attended education training sessions on an array of topics, including transportatin funding, building public private partnerships, generating community engagement, reducing violence in the community, and conflict management. Some of the keynote speakers during the conference were Vice President Joe Biden; U.S. Senator John McCain; Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; the Rev. Al Sharpton; Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter; Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray; and Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at [email protected] and (734) 669-6317.