as adopted by senate, September 19, 2019


senate resolution no.77

Senator Shirkey, Alexander, Ananich, Barrett, Bayer, Bizon, Brinks, Bullock, Bumstead, Chang, Daley, Geiss, Hertel, Hollier, Horn, Irwin, Johnson, LaSata, Lauwers, Lucido, MacDonald, MacGregor, McBroom, McCann, McMorrow, Moss, Nesbitt, Outman, Polehanki, Runestad, Santana, Schmidt, Stamas, Theis, VanderWall, Victory, Wojno and Zorn offered the following resolution:

A resolution of tribute offered as a memorial for Gary G. Corbin, former member of the Senate.

Whereas, It is with great sadness that the members of this legislative body learned of the passing of Gary Corbin. He was an outstanding public servant who was deeply committed to improving the lives of his constituents in Genesee County and the people of the entire state during his twelve years in the Senate; and

Whereas, Gary Corbin was a native of the Hoosier state, attending college at Anderson University where he was a standout football player, but he made Michigan his home. He put down roots in Clio where he served as a pastor and raised two daughters with his wife, Sheila. He entered public service as a member of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners from 1971-1974 and was elected to the Senate for the first time in 1974; and

Whereas, In the Senate, Gary Corbin quickly made a name for himself as someone who could work with people with different views and backgrounds. His colleagues appreciated the decency and empathy with which he approached his work in the Legislature, entrusting him with a variety of leadership positions during his tenure, including assistant majority leader, majority floor leader, and minority floor leader. Labor, taxation, and education were among the issues he worked most closely on, chairing the Colleges and Universities Committee and Finance Committee and sponsoring more than 75 public acts across his three terms; and

Whereas, Gary Corbin ended his service in the Legislature in 1986, but his work serving the public continued for many years after. He was the chief deputy director of the Department of Labor, served on the State Officers Compensation Commission, and was elected chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party before moving into the private sector. In 1996, he started an insurance agency with one of his daughters that grew to have a presence in more than two dozen states; and

Whereas, Gary Corbin saw public service as a calling, committing himself to the improvement of the lives of the people of Michigan. Upon his passing, we offer our condolences to his family and friends. We hope that they may find comfort in the knowledge that the community as a whole shares in their bereavement and that the legacy of Gary Corbin's contributions will long continue to enrich our state; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That we offer this expression of our highest tribute to honor the memory of Gary G. Corbin, a member of the Senate from 1975 to 1986; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Corbin family as evidence of our lasting esteem for his memory.