Senator Mike Shirkey

Senator Shirkey pays Tribute to Fallen Soldiers to Kick-off Memorial Day Weekend in Lansing

Senator Shirkey welcomed Army Specialist Douglas Cockroft and paid tribute in the Senate on Thursday to those who gave their lives defending America. Cockroft, a U.S. Army veteran, was Senator Shirkey’s guest for the Michigan Senate’s 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the senate conducts a ceremony to honor the service members who fought with bravery to defend the nation’s freedom. We want to take time to thank each and every veteran for your service.

Michigan's Summer Free Fishing Weekend is Right Around the Corner

Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, including Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties. Why not enjoy this great pastime during the state's Summer Free Fishing Weekend? Dates are June 10-11.

Anglers, both residents and nonresidents alike, can fish without a license on these two days, though all other fishing regulations still apply. Entry into state public boating access sites, state parks and recreation areas is free of charge. Visit for more information, including details on sponsored and state park events.

In addition, the June 10-11 date marks one of the summer's Free ORV Weekends, a time off-road enthusiasts can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without buying an ORV license or trail permit. Find out more at

Senator Shirkey and Rev. Terry Boyd Deliver Invocation to Start Session

Senator Shirkey welcomed the Rev. Terry Boyd to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday, May 23. Boyd serves as pastor at Sycamore Baptist Church in Jackson and delivered the traditional daily invocation before the start of the Senate session.

Upcoming Activities Near You!

Ella Sharp Art, Beer and Wine Festival (Jackson County): The Ella Sharp Museum presents the 13th annual Art, Beer & Wine Festival presented by County National Bank. The Museum plans to host over 35 Michigan wineries and breweries, 50+ artists, and nearly 3,000 guests! Festival goers will enjoy live music and artist booths nestled on the grounds of the Ella Sharp Museum and within the courtyard of the Museum’s historic Hillside Farm Lane.
- Date: June 3: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 Fourth St, Jackson, MI 49203

59th Annual Rose Parade and Picnic in the Park (Jackson County): Come to the Jackson County Rose Festival, the premiere community event of Jackson, Michigan. Now in our 59th year, the Jackson County Rose Festival celebrates The Rose City. Known for its abundant and beautiful parks, lakes and waterways, recreational resources and of course roses, Jackson celebrates heritage and history. For decades, Ella Sharp Park, community and residential gardens have cultivated the rose.
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- Date: June 4: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Location: various locations (picnic at Ella Sharp Park)

Strawberryfest & Craft Show (Branch County):
Since 1997 Branch County has been celebrating the Annual Strawberryfest and Craft Show in Downtown Coldwater. You'll find strawberry shortcake, jam, pie and much more. Also, hundreds of hand-made crafts, food vendors, kid activities and live entertainment. Free parking is available downtown.
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- Date: June 17: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Location: Downtown Coldwater

Senator Shirkey Welcomes Grass Lake Officials
to Capitol

Senator Shirkey welcomed Grass Lake Village Council President Joe DeBoe (left) and Township Supervisor Jim Stormont to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday, April 26. DeBoe and Stormont were representing the Village of Grass Lake and Grass Lake Township, recipients of the 2017 Active Community Award as part of the Governor’s Fitness Awards. We are extremely proud of our community! Great leadership!

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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