Senator Mike Shirkey

Senator Shirkey Welcomes Master Sgt. Gimesky

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Senator Shirkey welcomed Master Sergeant Gimesky and paid tribute in the Senate on Thursday the 24th to those who gave their lives defending America. Gimesky, a U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran, just celebrated his 100th Birthday and was one of the oldest service members in attendance. During his time in the Air Corps, he served at Hickman Field on Dec. 7th, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. 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

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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 9th and 10th.

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 are free of charge. Visit for more information, including details on sponsored and state park events.

In addition, the June 9-10 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

Successful Coffee Hours in the 16th District

Thank you to everyone who attended the Coffee Hours we held in the district last week! I thoroughly enjoyed each and every conversation. These type of formats represent the very best part of serving as your State Senator. Some issues are complex, some are controversial, and some are both. Few are simple. I appreciate the trust you afford in representing our district and will do my very best to earn and deserve your continued support.

Watch for future Coffee Hours in this newsletter, or by liking my Facebook Page!

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Upcoming Activities Near You!

Ella Sharp Art, Beer and Wine Festival (Jackson County): The Ella Sharp Museum presents the 14th 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 2: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 Fourth St, Jackson, MI 49203

60th Annual Rose Parade (Jackson County): Come to the Jackson County Rose Festival, the premiere community event of Jackson, Michigan. Now in our 60th 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 3: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Location: Parade starts at Austin Blair Park, click the link above for route

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 16: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Location: Downtown Coldwater

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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