Livingston County’s legislators are perfect: Not a single missed vote this term

Sen. Joe Hune at the State Capitol after delivering his farewell address, surrounded by friends, family and colleagues.

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Kudos to Livingston County’s three state legislators for showing up to work. For the two-year legislative session that ended right before Christmas, there was not a single missed vote for Sen. Joe Hune (R-Iosco Township), Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Township) and Rep. Lana Theis (R-Brighton Township).

The roll call votes are tallied on an annual basis by, and they showed perfect attendance in 2017-18 for Hune, Theis and Vaupel.

Hune was one of 15 Senators to have perfect attendance in 2018, voting in every single one of the 1,613 roll-call votes. The Senator with the worst attendance in 2018 was Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba), who missed 199 votes this year.

In the House, Theis and Vaupel were among 80 Representatives with perfect attendance. The state rep with the worst attendance was Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit), who missed 599 votes this year. When Scott lost in the Democratic primary for Senate in August, she stopped showing up in Lansing altogether for the rest of the year.

Hune’s state legislative career is over, having served the maximum six years in the House and eight years in the Senate. Theis was elected to the Senate this year, while Vaupel was re-elected to his third and final House term.

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