Sen. Joe Hune delivers final speech on Senate floor

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

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The state legislative career of Sen. Joe Hune, R-Iosco Township, is coming to a close, with only three session days remaining on the calendar.

Hune delivered his farewell speech on the Senate floor today, as a large contingent of family and friends looked on from the gallery. The Senate also unanimously adopted a resolution – SR 213 – that recognized Hune’s long career in the House and Senate. You can read the resolution here. Hune was term-limited out of office after serving the maximum six years in the House and eight years in the Senate.

It’s custom for outgoing Senators to deliver a farewell speech during the final days in office, and Hune took the time during his speech to thank his friends, family, colleagues and supporters.

State Sen. Joe Hune

Hune was first elected to the State House in 2002, winning the closest election in Livingston County history in the Republican primary. The original vote had him trailing Dave Domas by just one vote, but after a recount, Hune was declared the winner by two votes.

He went on to serve a full six years, and after two years out of office, he was elected to the State Senate in 2010, replacing Sen. Valde Garcia.

Hune’s term officially ends on Dec. 31. He has not yet announced his future plans.

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