Stamas named Senate Appropriations chairman

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas was named the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday by Senate Majority Leader-elect Mike Shirkey.

“I am honored to be entrusted with leading the process to once again pass a balanced budget that holds state government accountable, supports our students and fixes our roads,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “As chairman, my focus will be to protect Michigan residents’ hard-earned tax dollars and ensure they are used effectively and efficiently to invest in education, infrastructure and roads.

“I want to thank current and former chairs Hildenbrand, Cox, Kahn, Moss and Haveman for their leadership over the last eight years, and I look forward to continuing to talk with them and learn from them.”

Stamas was elected on Tuesday to a second term as state senator for the 36th District, and he will begin his tenure as Appropriations chairman when the 100th Legislature takes office in January.

“Senator Stamas is a tremendously effective leader with a proven record of working with members on both sides of the aisle to get things done,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “He will be an outstanding Appropriations chairman who will ensure our state budget priorities build on the achievements we have made since 2011 to improve our great state.”

Stamas said, “I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues and the new governor to finalize a budget that continues our economic recovery, meets our pressing challenges, provides essential services and builds a brighter future for all Michigan families.”

Stamas was first elected to the Senate in 2014, representing Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle counties.

He currently serves as assistant majority floor leader, as chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, and chairs the General Government subcommittee on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Stamas is the owner of Pizza Sam’s in Midland and previously served as a state representative, county commissioner, township trustee, and in both the U.S. Army and the Michigan National Guard.