house resolution no.405

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

A resolution of tribute for the Honorable Mari Manoogian.

Whereas, It is a distinct privilege to honor Representative Mari Manoogian as her time with the Michigan House of Representatives comes to an end. She has admirably and avidly served the people of the state of Michigan, but especially the Fortieth District, including Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, a portion of West Bloomfield Township, and her hometown of Birmingham; and

Whereas, Representative Manoogian holds a bachelor's degree in international affairs and security policy and a master's degree in global communication and public diplomacy from the George Washington University. She interned in the United States Congress and at the United States Mission to the United Nations. Representative Manoogian also worked at the United States Department of State; and

Whereas, During her four years in the House, Representative Manoogian continued to bring attention to international issues, while also working to improve domestic policies. As a proud Armenian-American, Representative Manoogian introduced resolutions to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and oppose military aggression against her ancestorial homeland. In addition, she successfully sponsored legislation to help Michiganders save money to purchase their first homes. She is also an advocate against distracted driving, championing legislation to modernize our state's laws and introducing multiple resolutions to bring awareness to the issue. In her second term, Representative Manoogian led her party as Deputy Democratic Caucus Whip. Representative Manoogian additionally served as minority vice chair of the Committee on Energy and a member of the Committee on Commerce and Tourism and the Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security; now, therefore, be it

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

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to Representative Manoogian as evidence of our gratitude and best wishes.