house Resolution No.200

The Speaker, on behalf of the entire membership of the House of Representatives, offered the following resolution:

A resolution of tribute for the Honorable Sheldon Neeley.

Whereas, It is a privilege to extend the congratulations of the House of Representatives to the Honorable Sheldon Neeley as he completes his service with this legislative body. For the last five years, Representative Neeley has been a strong advocate for the people of Flint living in the Thirty-fourth District and a respected colleague; and

Whereas, A lifelong resident of Flint, Representative Neeley brought to Lansing a wealth of experience. A graduate of Flint Northern High School, he went on to earn an associate's degree from Delta College and a bachelor's degree in communications from Saginaw Valley State University. He worked for 27 years with a local Flint TV station, retiring as a broadcast technician, and has been a leader in the local union. He also spent ten years as a work experience counselor with at-risk youth in the Flint Community Schools and four years as a member of the Flint Civil Service Commission. Prior to his election to the House of Representatives in 2014, he served for nine years on the Flint City Council, the first African-American to represent the city's Sixth Ward; and

Whereas, 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. Over his years of service, he has served on the Ways and Means, Health Policy, Michigan Competitiveness, Tax Policy, Commerce and Trade, Local Government, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees. At the same time, he has been a leader within the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, serving as chair for the last three years; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That we offer this expression of tribute to commend and thank the Honorable Sheldon Neeley for his notable contributions to this legislative body and our entire state; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to Representative Neeley as evidence of our gratitude and best wishes as he assumes the position of mayor of Flint.