State Senator Jim Stamas

State Senator Jim Stamas Thank you for visiting the official senate page of Senator Jim Stamas. It is an honor and privilege to serve the residents of Michigan's 36th District .

DISTRICT State Senator Jim Stamas was elected to his first term in the Michigan Senate in November 2014, representing Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle counties. SENATE Stamas has been elected to be the Assistant Majority Floor Leader for the 98th Legislature. He also has been selected to serve on the following committees: Appropriations Agriculture and Rural Development subcommittee General Government subcommittee – Chair Economic Development and International Investment Health Policy Joint Committee on Administrative Rules – Chair Natural Resources Michigan Competitiveness – Vice Chair Legislative Council Library of Michigan Board of Trustees EDUCATION Stamas holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University and an associate’s degree in business management from Delta College. PROFESSIONAL Stamas is the owner and former general manager of Pizza Sam’s, the eatery in Midland the Stamas family has owned for more than 50 years. Prior to running the family business, Stamas was self-employed as a realtor and was project manager at Case Systems. PUBLIC OFFICES AND AFFILIATIONS Before serving in the Senate, Stamas served three terms as State Representative and two terms as Midland County commissioner. He also was a Midland Township trustee from 1997-2004 and has served on the boards of the Midland Downtown Development Authority, Midland Downtown Business Association and Midland County Planning Commission. PUBLIC SERVICE Stamas served his country honorably in both the U.S. Army and the Michigan National Guard. As a member of the Michigan House of Representative, in recognition of Jim’s effectiveness and leadership, his colleagues elected him Majority Floor Leader for the 96th and 97th Legislatures. As Majority Floor Leader, Stamas was charged with setting the overall agenda and direction for the House of Representatives. PERSONAL Jim and his wife, Marsha, have been married for more than 30 years and have a daughter and a son.

If you were affected by the May flooding in Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco or Midland Counties please see below.
07/10/2020

If you were affected by the May flooding in Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco or Midland Counties please see below.

Good morning! Here is the official declaration from the White House providing federal relief for mid Michigan residents affected by the May flooding. Residents can apply for assistance later today by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

Thank you President Donald J. Trump, Rep. John Moolenaar and Governor Gretchen Whitmer for working together with our loc...
07/09/2020
President Trump approves flooding disaster declaration

Thank you President Donald J. Trump, Rep. John Moolenaar and Governor Gretchen Whitmer for working together with our local communities to bring the much needed federal resources to our communities.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump approved the State of Michigan's request for a major disaster declaration following the May 19 flooding in mid-Michigan.

I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July. Happy Birthday America
07/05/2020

I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July. Happy Birthday America

For those who may have missed them, here is a brief look at some of the gorgeous display sponsored by the Beaverton Area Business Association.

07/05/2020
MLive.com

MLive.com

Watch Fourth of July fireworks from the shores of Lake Huron in Alpena.

07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day!

Michigan Department of Transportation
07/01/2020

Michigan Department of Transportation

After five weeks of emergency repairs, MDOT reopened all lanes of US-10 at Sanford Lake on Saturday, June 27. Crews have moved on to continue addressing other flood damage, starting debris removal on M-30 in #Midland and #Gladwin counties yesterday.

Today I had the honor to present a tribute to a very dear friend.  Congratulations Tim Houghtaling on your retirement fr...
06/19/2020

Today I had the honor to present a tribute to a very dear friend. Congratulations Tim Houghtaling on your retirement from Pizza Sam’s. Thank you for your 34 years of dedication to the Midland community and my family.

United Way of Midland County
06/16/2020

United Way of Midland County

As we transition from immediate response to long term recovery our Distribution Sites will be making the switch to long term Resource Centers. In addition to having supplies such as food, cleaning supplies, water and personal care items these centers will begin to offer case management and other services in the coming weeks. Please see the new locations and schedule below:

▪ Meridian Elementary School
(Re-opening 6/11)
Monday - Friday 9 am – 4 pm & Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

▪ Sanford Senior Center
(Re-opening 6/15)
Monday - Friday 9 am – 3 pm

▪ Greater Midland Community Center Senior Wing
(Opening 6/15)
Monday - Friday 10 am – 3 pm

▪ West Midland Family Center
(Re-opening 6/11)
Monday - Friday 9 am – 4 pm

▪ Greater Midland North Family Center
(Re-opening 6/11)
Monday - Friday 9 am – 4 pm

▪ Greater Midland Coleman Family Center
(Re-opening 6/11)
Monday - Friday 9 am – 4 pm

To better manage the needs of the community, donations will no longer be accepted at the Resource Centers. To make a supplies donation, please check out the list of currently needed items and instructions at http://reliefmidland.org.

Pure Michigan
06/14/2020

Pure Michigan

Let’s take a look #ThroughMiWindow at Alpena!

Relax, rejuvenate, and restore in Alpena, your Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, where history and heritage collide with relaxed outdoor adventure. Centrally located to three Dark Sky Preserve Parks, 7 lighthouses, more than 12 sinkholes, 300,000 acres of open water, 400+ million-year-old fossils, and more than 100 miles of groomed trails, Alpena is your next adventure oasis.

Share your own photos of this destination by using #ThroughMiWindow. Then, nominate an essential worker for a two-night vacation to one of 19 beautiful #PureMichigan destinations by clicking here: https://puremi.ch/2ToxvPe

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This pandemic has taken our friends, our family, our jobs, our livelihoods and our dreams. Tell your story: www.MiCovidS...
06/08/2020

This pandemic has taken our friends, our family, our jobs, our livelihoods and our dreams. Tell your story: www.MiCovidStory.com

City of Midland, Michigan - Municipal Government
06/03/2020
City of Midland, Michigan - Municipal Government

City of Midland, Michigan - Municipal Government

FLOOD RECOVERY UPDATE: In today's edition, you'll find information on the following topics:

- Upcoming vaccine clinics will be available throughout the county this week thanks to Midland County, Michigan Department of Public Health
- Residents with groundwater wells whose wells were impacted by floodwaters should get a free water testing kit
- Important information for property owners who are rebuilding in the floodplain
- Updated Landfill hours for the week (yes, even for Saturday and Sunday!)

You can also sign up to get these updates in your email inbox at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/cityhallnews.

These are challenging times. Our jobs, our livelihoods, our communities are all on the line. Tell us your story: www.MiC...
06/02/2020

These are challenging times. Our jobs, our livelihoods, our communities are all on the line. Tell us your story: www.MiCovidStory.com

Michigan health officials on Monday reported 135 new cases of COVID-19 and 25 additional deaths. The state’s total numbe...
06/01/2020

Michigan health officials on Monday reported 135 new cases of COVID-19 and 25 additional deaths. The state’s total number of positive cases in now 57,532, and the total number of deaths is at 5,516. In the 36th Senate District, there have been 464 cases and 40 deaths. On Saturday, the state also announced that 38,099 people have officially recovered from the virus. This information and more is available at www.Michigan.gov/coronavirus.

ICYMI – The governor today announced she is lifting much of her stay-at-home order and allowing restaurants and bars to reopen statewide next week for dine-in service with restrictions.

For information on COVID-19, including a link to the governor’s press release, read today’s e-news blast at https://tinyurl.com/yb66omxr.

05/29/2020
Jason Wentworth

Jason Wentworth

GLADWIN COUNTY RESIDENTS:

I wanted to share a number of resources for those who experienced damage due to the flooding. As more resources become available, I will add to the post below. I am hoping that the Governor allows the opening up of restaurants in Gladwin County to help provide food to those in need.

If you have not self-reported the damage done to your property – please do so at this link https://arcg.is/10ab1j. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 2-1-1 and they will be able to assist you in completing this.

Additional resources for Gladwin County:

- A big thank you to Forge Fitness located at 237 W Cedar in Gladwin who have stepped up and will be open to serve community members and collect donations. They are allowing residents to drive up and volunteers will collect your requested items so you won’t need to leave your car. They update their page regularly so please visit https://www.facebook.com/ForgeFitnessGladwin/

- The Red Cross is also partnering with local residents to assist in providing supplies, shelters and other accommodations. Please call 1-833-583-3111.

- Several resources are available at the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) website at https://www.michigan.gov/difs/ or by calling (877) 999-6442.

- For volunteer opportunities and donations from the community, please call (989) 720-4901 between 10a – 4p

- For monetary donations – please contact the Gladwin Relief Fund by visiting www.GladwinFoundation.org

- A community organized Facebook group called Gladwin County Disaster Help & Recovery is another group to see local updates and resources available - https://www.facebook.com/groups/610287336236259/

If you know of other resources available to those in Gladwin County, please post those below.

**Please only comment on this post to share resources and other information regarding access to supplies, food or shelter. If you have questions or concerns about another issue, please contact my office at [email protected] or by calling (517) 373-8962.

05/29/2020
Jason Wentworth

Jason Wentworth

ARENAC COUNTY RESIDENTS:

I wanted to share a number of resources for those who experienced damage due to the flooding. As more resources become available, I will add to the post below. I am hoping that the Governor allows the opening up of restaurants in Arenac County to help provide food to those in need.

If you have not self-reported the damage done to your property – please do so at this link https://arcg.is/10ab1j. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 2-1-1 and they will be able to assist you in completing this.

Additional resources for Arenac County:

- The Red Cross is also partnering with local residents to assist in providing supplies, shelters and other accommodations. Please call 1-833-583-3111.

- Several resources are available at the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) website at https://www.michigan.gov/difs/ or by calling (877) 999-6442.

If you know of other resources available to those in Arenac County, please post those below.

**Please only comment on this post to share resources and other information regarding access to supplies, food or shelter. If you have questions or concerns about another issue, please contact my office at [email protected] or by calling (517) 373-8962.

Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce
05/29/2020

Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce

05/28/2020
Sen. Stamas: Thank you for helping the Midland area recover

For Immediate Release
May 27, 2020

Contact: Brian Shoaf
517-373-7946

Sen. Stamas thanks communities for flood response, urges governor to reopen restaurants in affected areas


LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to praise first responders and members of the communities impacted by historic flooding and thank the governor for quickly declaring states of emergency in affected counties.

“A week after unimaginable flooding devastated thousands of people in my hometown and many surrounding communities, it’s still difficult to comprehend what has happened,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “I want to thank all the first responders, volunteers and residents for stepping forward to help one another. A special thank you goes to the local emergency operations managers, those who are working at the centers, and the local elected officials for their coordination of so much work in response to this disaster.

“Only through God’s grace have we not lost a single life throughout this event, which is an amazing testament to the spirit of our communities and the dedication of those who face danger themselves.”

Stamas listed some of the many organizations and businesses that have helped affected residents and recognized the people from throughout the state and country who have offered support. He also encouraged anyone who wishes to help to visit the United Way of Midland County at UnitedWayMidland.org/.

The senator mentioned some of the devastation, from seeing a destroyed restaurant in Sanford to tearing out walls and carrying out family possessions in homes. Stamas also said that the area will need state assistance to recover, some of which is already happening.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco and Midland counties in Stamas’ district as well as Saginaw County in the 32nd District.

“There are investigations that need to happen, but right now, the first priority is of the residents in the communities to make sure that we provide all of those things that they need at this time,” Stamas said. “I am asking the governor to please allow restaurants in these four counties to reopen so that the displaced families have a place to go for a safe meal until they can return to their homes.”

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Editor’s note: Video of Stamas’ floor remarks is available by clicking on the above snapshot or by visiting www.SenatorJimStamas.com/video.

The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting www.SenatorJimStamas.com/Photowire.

Photo caption: Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, on Wednesday praised first responders and members of the communities impacted by historic flooding, thanked the governor for quickly declaring states of emergency in affected counties and requested that the governor allow restaurants in the impacted counties to reopen so that the displaced families have a place to go for a safe meal until they can return to their homes.”

State Senator Jim Stamas speaks to the Senate on the flooding in the Midland area on May 27, 2020.

Michigan Department of Transportation
05/27/2020

Michigan Department of Transportation

Repair work continues at the US-10 bridges at Sanford Lake in #MidlandCounty.

05/27/2020

Thank you Governor for including Iosco County in the State of Emergency Declaration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2020
Media Contact: [email protected]

Governor Whitmer Expands State of Emergency to include Iosco County due to severe weather, flooding and dam failures

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-105 adding Iosco County to the state of emergency declaration issued last week for Midland, Gladwin, Arenac, and Saginaw counties after heavy rains caused widespread flooding and resulted in the breach of Edenville and Sanford dams.

“This flooding has caused devastating damage for thousands of residents in impacted areas,” said Governor Whitmer. “I have declared an emergency to provide much needed assistance and have added Iosco county to the emergency declaration to ensure access to critical resources. I want to thank emergency responders in the region for helping to evacuate residents. Let’s all stay safe, and take care of each other.”

“My staff has been working closely with county officials in affected areas as the situation has progressed,” said Capt. Kevin Sweeney, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD). “We will continue to partner with the county to ensure they receive the needed resources to respond and recover from this incident.”

On Tuesday, May 19, heavy rainfall in Midland County led to the breach of the Edenville and Sanford Dams. Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County on Tuesday, and on Wednesday at a press conference at Midland High School, she announced that officials had successfully evacuated 10,000 residents from the area, with no casualties. The governor’s declaration authorizes the MSP/EMHSD to coordinate state response and recovery efforts.

On May 21, FEMA approved Governor Whitmer’s request for a federal emergency declaration that will provide additional resources to Midland County to respond to the extreme flooding. This initial approval is limited to certain direct assistance from federal agencies to deal with immediate challenges, but could be expanded as the state and FEMA completes the damage assessment.

To view Executive Order 2020-105, click the link below:
• EO 2020-105.pdf

United Way of Clare and Gladwin Counties
05/25/2020

United Way of Clare and Gladwin Counties

05/25/2020
United Way of Clare and Gladwin Counties

United Way of Clare and Gladwin Counties

Your local United Way is pleased to announce that we will be providing a mobile food truck of 400 (25lb.) boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to be delivered to our friends and neighbors in Gladwin County who have been impacted by this week’s devastating events. Additionally, we will be receiving 9000+ boxes of cereal directly from the Kellogg Company. We are very proud to partner with the The Springs Ministries of Gladwin where hundreds of people are being fed daily and dozens of families are being currently being sheltered. Your United Way volunteer team will be on site to help unload and store these goods for their use and distribution to other families in the area who are also in need. If you would like to be a part of the food distribution team taking place TUESDAY MAY 26 from 8:45-11 or WEDNESDAY MAY 27 from 11:45-3:45 please contact Sarah Block at 989-386-6015 or 989-426-9225.

We extend heartfelt appreciation to the Michigan Association of United Way organization and to our friends at the Kellogg Company for making this possible. We are working hard to connect volunteers, services, supplies, and monetary contributions to the agencies who are providing the programs and services that are needed more than ever by Gladwin County. If you wish to make a donation, contribution of any kind, or volunteer your time, your local United Way team is equipped and prepared to manage those resources and help ease the burden and devastation faced by so many here in Gladwin County. We will get through this if we continue to Live United.

Thinking and praying for those that made the ultimate sacrifice
05/25/2020

Thinking and praying for those that made the ultimate sacrifice

Midland, MI
05/24/2020
Midland, MI

Midland, MI

Midland County Flooding Update - May 23, 7:30 p.m.

Born from crisis: 211 Northeast Michigan is here today
05/23/2020
Born from crisis: 211 Northeast Michigan is here today

Born from crisis: 211 Northeast Michigan is here today

This week, the Midland area community withstood two crises at once - a deadly pandemic and a 100-year flood that caused multiple dam failures - and all the while, dispatchers at 211 Northeast Michigan were taking calls to direct people to potentially life-saving resources. Anyone within the crisis c...

Thank you Governor for including Gladwin and Arenac Counties in the State Of Emergency Declarationhttps://www.wnem.com/n...
05/22/2020
Whitmer expands emergency declaration to include Arenac, Gladwin, and Saginaw counties

Thank you Governor for including Gladwin and Arenac Counties in the State Of Emergency Declaration

https://www.wnem.com/news/whitmer-expands-state-of-emergency-to-include-arenac-gladwin-and-saginaw-co-due-to-severe/article_5a2c4c6a-9c67-11ea-916c-ff5bb0877032.html

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-98 adding Arenac, Gladwin, and Saginaw counties to the state of emergency declaration issued earlier this week for Midland County after heavy rains caused

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