Senator Mike Shirkey

You’re Invited to Coffee & Conversation with
Senator Shirkey

Join us for coffee and conversation, no reservations needed. Please bring your questions and comments about issues that matter to you in Branch County! Monday, October 2nd, at 4:00 p.m. at Henry L. Brown Municipal Building – Council Chambers (Coldwater City Hall). We’ll continue visiting more areas in the near future.

Post Labor Day School Start

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. Now that school is back in full swing and back to full weeks, we wanted to share with you introduced legislation that could potentially impact future Labor Day weekends.

Senator Marty Knollenberg (13th District) introduced Senate Bill 271, bipartisan, compromise legislation that would allow local school districts to decide their yearly start date.

The bill preserves the traditional Labor Day weekend and adds Friday to make it a four-day weekend. It also allows four-day weekends for the month of August by allowing classroom instruction on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. School districts would be free to choose a start date that is appropriate for their community.

The proposed legislation maintains the state’s yearly number of required school days at 180. This presents the option where school days may simply be spread out a little more evenly, and place that decision into the hands of the school boards.

Many schools not only in our district, but around the state, begin school related activities prior to Labor Day such as sports, band, and clubs, without the classroom portion. This legislation gives schools the flexibility in the post-Labor Day start law and gives school boards the option to do what’s best for the students.

We value direct feedback, and we read every email we receive. Whether you see the benefits of a local approach to the school calendar, or you think there are positive aspects to state management of the subject, we invite you to read Senate Bill 271 and tell us your thoughts.

We will be sure to keep you up to date as this bill travels through the legislative process.

Michigan Residents can apply for REAL ID compliant driver’s license or ID card

Michigan motorists now have the option to obtain a driver’s license that complies with a federal mandate designed to strengthen our national safety and security.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents must carry a driver’s license or ID card that complies with the federal REAL ID Act, or present a valid U.S. passport, to fly in the United States or visit federal buildings. The REAL ID security standards were created in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to help prevent illegal altering of the cards and deter fraud and misuse.

Michigan residents can apply for the REAL ID-compliant license or ID card at any Secretary of State office — applicants will need to bring a certified birth certificate or other approved document. There is no extra cost when renewing your driver’s license or ID card; at any other time, a duplicate card fee will apply.

Find more information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, at or call the Department of State Information Center with questions at 888-767-6424.

District Spotlight:
Jackson’s First Congregational Church

We are pleased to announce that Jackson’s First Congregational Church, 120 N. Jackson St., has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The magnificent church will celebrate the 150th dedication anniversary of its building with a harvest dinner and program at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31. The public is invited to attend. The program will highlight the rich history of the church and its congregation.

Thanking the 16th District for Hurricane Relief

The last few weeks, our country has been rocked by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. People from all over have shown their support, including our great 16th district. We have read and heard of many people’s efforts from Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson counties, lending a hand to our friends in the south. When our country needed help and service, our district has delivered. We thank you for your effort.

Keep leading, boldly and without fear.

Upcoming Activities Near You!

Hillsdale County Fair: 2017 Fair Theme – Connecting the Past with the Future. For more information, please visit
- Date: September 24th – 30th
- Location: Hillsdale County Fair Grounds, 115 S Broad St, Hillsdale

Cruise In September 2017 Downtown Jackson (Jackson County): Bring your family for this exciting event featuring classic cars on display throughout the Downtown Streets of Jackson. The event takes place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the beautiful new Michigan Ave. There will be a variety of vendors at this event including food trucks. 
- Date: September 22nd, 6:00-9:00pm
- Location: Downtown Jackson, Michigan Ave

Pints in the Park, Q-Town Micro-brew Festival (Branch County):
- Date: September 30th, 3:00-11:00pm
- Location: Village of Quincy, Downtown Park, Quincy, MI 49082

Your 16th State Senate District Map

The 16th State Senate District contains all of Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties

16th Senate District Map

Serving with and for you,

Mike Shirkey


Senator Mike Shirkey
201 Townsend Street, Suite #5300
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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