LANSING – Sen. Goeff Hansen made the following statement today after the Michigan Senate approved Senate Bill 498:
“I voted for this redistricting measure because it reflects the overall plan that is fair, legal and constitutional. The map for the 34th Senate District isn’t about me or making it more favorable to one party or the other. It’s about the collective 247,218 people in this district that I’ve been elected to represent. I will continue to do so for as long as the voters of this district will allow me to represent their collective interests.
“Despite population increases throughout the 34th Senate District, overall state population has declined in the past 10 years. Keeping Mason County in the 34th Senate District would have exceeded allowable targeted population thresholds and been inconsistent with other Senate redistricting standards. I’ve always had a strong affinity for Mason County and look forward to continue representing these fine folks for the remainder of my term.
“Despite new district boundaries, it is simply an honor just to hold elective office and represent my fellow citizens. I will continue to work just as hard for west Michigan residents, focusing my energies on reforming state government, reinvigorating our economy and reinvesting our limited resources so we have a system that is not only working this year and next year, but 10 and 20 years from now.”