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LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.
Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.
State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.
Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year. The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.
“Legislators are people, too,” McHugh said. “No one should jump to conclusions or assume bad faith, but if a legislator demonstrates a consistent pattern of missed votes for months on end, voters have a right to question it.”
McHugh says five senators and 76 representatives missed no votes, including:
- Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (Grand Rapids, Cascade, Kentwood and Lowell areas)
- Rep. Jase Bolger (Kalamazoo County area)
- Rep. Robert Genetski (Portion of Allegan County, including Holland)
- Rep. Thomas Hooker (Wyoming and Byron Township areas)
- Rep. Lisa Lyons (Cascade and Ada townships and Belding and Lowell area)
- Rep. Peter MacGregor (East Grand Rapids and Plainfield, Courtland and Grand Rapids townships)
- Rep. Sean McCann (Kalamazoo area)
- Rep. Margaret O’Brien (Kalamazoo County area)
- Rep. Rick Outman (Montcalm County)
- Rep. Amanda Price (Ottawa County, including Grand Haven)
- Rep. Rob VerHeulen (Walker, Rockford, Grandville and Algoma, Alpine and Sparta townships)
- Rep. Roger Victory (Coopersville, and Georgetown Township)
- Rep. Ken Yonker (Kentwood, Wayland and Gaines Township)