house resolution no.411

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

A resolution of tribute for the Honorable Terry J. Sabo.

Whereas, It is an honor to recognize the Honorable Terry J. Sabo as he concludes his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Representative Sabo has been a dedicated servant to the citizens of Michigan, especially his constituents in the Ninety-second District, which includes the cities of Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, and North Muskegon and the townships of Muskegon, Laketon, Fruitland, and Whitehall; and

Whereas, Representative Sabo has dedicated his life to protecting and serving others. After graduating from Ravenna High School, he served in the United States Air Force for four years as a security policeman, then had a career as a certified firefighter and police officer for over 25 years. In the latter part of his professional career, he became involved in local government, serving as a Muskegon County Road Commissioner and as chairman of the Muskegon County Board of Commissioners. Representative Sabo also strongly believes in civic service. He is a member of several service organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 8846, the American Legion Post 9, the Muskegon Northside Lions Club, and the Muskegon Heights Optimist Club. Representative Sabo and his wife, Denise, reside in their lifelong home of Muskegon County, where they have four children and ten grandchildren; and

Whereas, Since his election to the House in 2016, Representative Sabo has been an active and influential legislator. During his three terms, he served on numerous committees, providing leadership as minority vice chair of the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs and the Committee on Workforce, Trades, and Talent. He was also a member of the committees on Appropriations, Agriculture, and Local Government and the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates. On the Appropriations Committee, Representative Sabo was minority vice chair of the Subcommittee on General Government and a member of the subcommittees on Agriculture and Rural Development, Corrections, and Transportation. Additionally, he is chair of the Michigan Legislative Labor Caucus. Representative Sabo successfully sponsored legislation to codify best practices in the foster care system, facilitate occupational licensing, improve government finances, and fund several projects in Muskegon County. Among those many projects were funding for the Muskegon County EXIT Program, which helps incarcerated individuals succeed upon returning to their community; various road and infrastructure improvements; and the complete restoration of the Muskegon South Breakwater Lighthouse; now, therefore, be it

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

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