Hildenbrand to chair Senate Appropriations Committee

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader-elect Arlan Meekhof announced Wednesday that Sen. Dave Hildenbrand is his pick to serve as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee for the legislative session that will begin Jan. 1, 2015.

“I’m very proud that my first committee chair announcement is the appointment of Senator Dave Hildenbrand to lead the Appropriations Committee,” said Meekhof, R-West Olive. “Dave has the experience, leadership and common sense we need to build on the great work of current Chairman Kahn, and to work closely with the governor and the House to balance the budget, control spending and protect Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers.”

Hildenbrand was recently elected to a second term as state senator for the 29th District. For the term beginning on Jan. 1, the district includes the cities of East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids and Lowell and the townships of Ada, Bowne, Caledonia, Cascade, Grand Rapids and Lowell.

“I would like to thank Senator Meekhof for giving me this tremendous opportunity to serve our state,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “For the past four years we have been focused on building a stronger Michigan, and an important part of this rebuilding was improving our state budget process. I want to build on the progress we have made and work tirelessly to provide great government service at the lowest cost possible.”