Photo Advisory: Sen. Casperson welcomes local pastor to Capitol

Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (right) welcome Pastor Robert Derheim (center) to the Michigan Senate. Derheim is pastor at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Escanaba and delivered the invocation before Senate session.

The photograph of Sen. Casperson and Pastor Derheim is available by visiting the senator’s photowire at:

Podcast Advisory: Sen. Casperson offers comments on the 2011 State of the State address

LANSING — A broadcast quality podcast of Sen. Tom Casperson’s comments following Gov. Rick Snyder’s first State of the State address is available for download on the senator’s website at:

The file features Casperson, R-Escanaba, responding to the governor’s 2011 State of the State address.  

Casperson: creating jobs the end game of governors plan to reinvent Michigan

LANSING – After listening to the governor’s 2011 State of the State address Wednesday night, state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, issued the following statement:

“Creating jobs is my focus, and I am pleased that turning around Michigan’s economy was at the heart of Governor Snyder’s address. I was especially pleased that at the heart of his roadmap were areas of particular importance to the Upper Peninsula. I was excited to hear him speak about his commitment to meaningful regulatory reform that all too often kills economic opportunity locally and unreasonably interferes with our way of living in the U.P., as well as his focus on rural development and tourism. Less than a month on the job, the governor has presented a real and detailed roadmap to recovery.

“I look forward to working with Governor Snyder to spur long-term economic growth and job creation by focusing on Michigan’s strategic assets, like our natural resources, and reducing the size, scope and cost of government. I am encouraged with his plans to reform how government delivers services to taxpayers.

“However, the positive roadmap that Governor Snyder unveiled tonight to reform our state and create jobs for Michigan is just the first step in the process. A lot of work now needs to be done to turn that roadmap into real results – results that offer a fix to our economy. I am anxious to get to work with the governor to do just that and look forward to accomplishing those goals with him.”


Editor’s Note – Sen. Casperson was honored to be chosen to escort Gov. Snyder into the House chamber for his first State of the State address. A picture of Casperson escorting the governor is available on the senator’s photowire at: 

Media Advisory: Sen. Casperson is available for comments following the 2011 State of the State address

Who: State Sen. Tom Casperson, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and the Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee.

What: Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When: The address is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.

Where: House of Representatives
State Capitol Building
Lansing, MI

Briefing: Casperson, R-Escanaba, will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

Please call Casperson’s office at (517) 373-7840 or toll-free at 1-866-305-2038 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 19 to schedule an interview time with the senator. 

Casperson sworn in as 38th District state senator

LANSING — State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, took part in Wednesday’s swearing-in at the state Capitol with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administering the oath of office.

Casperson was joined on the Senate floor by friends and family, including his wife Diane, sons Tom and Dane, daughters Ashley and Hillary, and mother Shirley.

“I am excited to represent constituents from the Upper Peninsula once again,” Casperson said. “We have critical work ahead of us to revitalize our economy and reinvent Michigan.”

Casperson announced that his Lansing office is open and ready to meet constituent needs. “Anyone who needs assistance with a state issue or wants to share their legislative viewpoint can contact our office,” said Casperson. “We are prepared to listen and help in any way we can.”

Casperson’s office is located in Room 705 of the Farnum Building at 125 West Allegan St. in Lansing, across from the Michigan Capitol. An e-mail address and toll-free number have been established to add convenience for district residents. The e-mail address is and the toll-free number is 1-866-305-2038.

District residents may also contact Casperson by calling the senator’s office at (517) 373-7840 or by U.S. mail at Senator Tom Casperson, P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI, 48909.

Casperson represents the 38th Senate District, including nearly all of the Upper Peninsula, excluding Chippewa and Mackinac counties.