Michigan House pays tribute to Neeley

    Michigan House | Susan J. Demas

    State Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) is leaving the Legislature, as he won his election Tuesday to be the next mayor of Flint, defeating incumbent Karen Weaver. On Thursday, the state House honored his service.

    Rep. Sheldon Neeley | Derek Robertson

    Representatives passed House Resolution 200, sponsored by state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), a tribute to Neeley’s five years in the chamber. He also served as chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus.

    “A lifelong resident of Flint, Representative Neeley brought to Lansing a wealth of experience,” the resolution read. “… As a member of this legislative body, Representative Neeley has worked tirelessly to further the issues important to his community: public safety, public education, economic opportunity, safe drinking water, and criminal justice reform.”

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    Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.