Rep. Brad Paquette of Niles today was elected to a leadership role for the Michigan House of Representatives’ upcoming 2021-22 legislative session.
Paquette was elected by his House Republican colleagues, who will again hold the majority next session, as an Associate Speaker Pro-Tempore. He will help preside over House proceedings, moderate debate, make rulings on procedure and announce the results of votes.
“I am immensely grateful that my colleagues have lent me their trust to elevate me to a leadership position in the Michigan House of Representatives,” Paquette said. “I will seek to empower my constituents and shine a spotlight on the 78th District through this role at the Capitol.”
Paquette was first elected to the Michigan House in 2018 and was re-elected this week for another two-year term.
During the current 2019-20 term, Paquette – a former teacher – serves as vice chair of the House Education Committee. He also is a member of the Elections and Ethics Committee, Insurance Committee, and Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee.
Rep. Paquette speaks on the House floor Tuesday afternoon prior to passage of a two bill package that would create a Student Opportunity Scholarship program in Michigan to help families with education expenses. Rep. Paquette says the plan will help the state move from what he calls the “cult of the average.”
State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, today expressed full opposition to Berrien Regional Educational Service Agency’s (RESA) newly adopted policy granting 10 additional paid sick leave days to employees vaccinated against COVID-19 to be used if they contract or are exposed to the virus, but not to unvaccinated employees.