Senator Lana Theis

Senator Lana Theis Lana Theis is the State Senator for Michigan's 22nd Senate District

DISTRICT State Rep. Lana Theis was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014, and represents the city of Brighton and the townships of Brighton, Genoa, Green Oak, Hamburg and Putnam. COMMITTEES Theis serves as the Chair of the Insurance Committee, Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Law and Justice and Regulatory Reform Committees. EDUCATION Theis attended California State University Fullerton where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. PAST PUBLIC OFFICES AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Rep. Theis was elected treasurer of Brighton Township in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. Theis served on the Brighton Planning Commission and Brighton Area Fire Authority. She is the immediate past chairperson of the Brighton Area Fire Authority, Livingston County Republican Party and Livingston County Treasurers Association. PERSONAL Theis and her husband Sam have two children, Jacob and Gabrielle.

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The deadly spread of COVID-19 in our state’s nursing homes demands the Whitmer administration fix its failed policies. O...
09/03/2020
Theis: Whitmer picks politics over protection for vulnerable seniors with nursing home COVID-19 policies | Senator Lana Theis

The deadly spread of COVID-19 in our state’s nursing homes demands the Whitmer administration fix its failed policies. Over a third of all COVID-19 deaths in Michigan have occurred among nursing home patients. Sadly, that percentage is likely much higher because the administration has neither counted nor released all the data from similar elder care facilities.

That the governor’s own task force made recommendations mirroring Senate legislation she vetoed weeks ago makes clear she has chosen politics over practical solutions and even the lives of our state’s most vulnerable residents. The governor’s rejection of bipartisan legislation, which would have already implemented some of this task force’s recommendations, has done nothing to protect our seniors in Michigan’s elder care facilities.

The governor shouldn’t waste another minute — for the sake of the lives of our state’s most vulnerable residents, the time for corrective action is now.

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force released recommendations on Tuesday…

Today, the Governor had the opportunity to reopen businesses that have been closed for months, such as gyms, theaters, a...
09/02/2020
Letter to the Governor | Senator Lana Theis

Today, the Governor had the opportunity to reopen businesses that have been closed for months, such as gyms, theaters, and bowling alleys. Yet, they continue to remain shuttered and are again left wondering about their uncertain future.

If you are a business owner in the 22nd district who owns a business that is still closed or that has been impacted by the Governor's Executive Orders, please click below and sign onto my letter encouraging the Governor to reopen all businesses immediately.

Has your business been affected by Governor Whitmer’s string of executive orders? If so, please co-sign my letter to the governor. The people of Michigan deserve more information about the data…

I would love to hear about the experiences of parents, students, and teachers as they head back to school this fall. Ple...
09/01/2020
Local lawmaker Seeks Input On Back-to-School Experiences

I would love to hear about the experiences of parents, students, and teachers as they head back to school this fall. Please visit, https://www.senatorlanatheis.com/back-to-school/ to share your story with me today. #backtoschool #sen22

https://www.whmi.com/news/article/lana-theis-senator-back-to-school-experiences

Republican Senator Lana Theis is seeking public input about back-to-school experiences as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of over...
09/01/2020

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of a drug overdose.

It was an honor to join dozens of residents at the Livingston County ceremony last night held at the Brighton Mill Pond.

The decision to place COVID-19 patients into our state’s nursing homes was a horrible policy from the start, and I calle...
08/28/2020
Theis Supports DOJ Inquiry Into Governor's COVID Nursing Home Policy

The decision to place COVID-19 patients into our state’s nursing homes was a horrible policy from the start, and I called on the governor to stop it back in April after it became clear that healthy residents were getting infected.

Despite the fact that over a third of all COVID-19 deaths in Michigan occurred among nursing home patients — a figure that is likely much higher when factoring in all similar facilities — the Whitmer administration has continued the practice in the face of the objections of health care professionals and bipartisan legislation that would have banned it.

Republican State Senator Lana Theis issued a statement after the Justice Department sent letters to governors of four Democratic-led states seeking data on whether they violated federal law by ordering public nursing homes to accept recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: State Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of ...
08/27/2020
Theis praises DOJ inquiry into Whitmer COVID-19 nursing home policy | Senator Lana Theis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: State Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday requested COVID-19 data from the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer administration concerning executive orders that may have led to the deaths of nursing home residents:

“The decision to place COVID-19 patients into our state’s nursing homes was a horrible policy from the start, and I called on the governor to stop it back in April after it became clear that healthy residents were getting infected. Despite the fact that over a third of all COVID-19 deaths in Michigan occurred among nursing home patients — a figure that is likely much higher when factoring in all similar facilities — the Whitmer administration has continued the practice in the face of the objections of health care professionals and bipartisan legislation that would have banned it.

“Unlike other states, the residents of Michigan still do not have access to all the data surrounding COVID-19 deaths. Whitmer’s administration continues to refuse to release the data on COVID-19 deaths that occurred in long-term care facilities such as adult foster care, homes for the aged and unlicensed assisted-living centers. Experts have said cases in those facilities may exceed the cases already reported from nursing homes. The governor may claim that Michigan’s nursing homes statistics reflect similar case totals to those from other states; however, it is clear that by only releasing portions of the data she is skewing the numbers.

“Blaming others for her own bad strategy is not an excuse, and the governor could have changed her policy at any time, but to date she has not. I appreciate that the Department of Justice is scrutinizing the data on this matter and I encourage federal officials to not rest until they get the requested information for all the state’s elder care facilities. The families of those who have perished deserve answers.”

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday requested COVID-19 data from the Gov.

Thank you to the Southwest Washtenaw Council of Government for having me as a guest last night. The SWCG is a collection...
08/27/2020

Thank you to the Southwest Washtenaw Council of Government for having me as a guest last night. The SWCG is a collection of township supervisors and other government leaders from the southwest portion of Washtenaw County.

It was a pleasure to provide them with a legislative update and answer the questions they had. #Sen22 #WashtenawCounty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee Chairwoman Lana Theis, R-Brighton, issued the fol...
08/26/2020
Theis comments on latest state revenue estimates | Senator Lana Theis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee Chairwoman Lana Theis, R-Brighton, issued the following statement regarding new state revenue projections from Monday’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference:

“The state’s economy appears to be slowly bouncing back, but we are still facing a budget deficit as we continue to battle the coronavirus. Support from President Trump’s administration and Congress has helped thus far, but we cannot bank on that funding being available in the future. The ongoing budget deficit projected by economists underscores our need to fully reopen Michigan’s economy and get people back to work, smartly, safely, and as soon as possible.

“With our state fully open for business, we can ensure the necessary funding to provide every Michigan student a quality, safe education, and that remains my top goal. Until then, we must do what we can with what we have to prioritize K-12 education funding as we continue our work on balancing the state’s next budget. I am especially focused on ensuring student access no matter where they learn, and on fully funding those school districts that are experiencing increased pupil counts.

“I am confident the Legislature and governor can work together to approve a budget that achieves our educational goals, and I am hopeful that our governor learns to trust the people she works for and fully reopens our state before it’s too late.”

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LANSING, Mich. — Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee Chairwoman Lana Theis, R-Brighton, issued the following statement regarding new state revenue projections from Monday’s Consensus…

Grateful, along with Rep. Hank Vaupel, to be a part of Alex Allen's Eagle Scout Court of Honor this afternoon. Well done...
08/23/2020

Grateful, along with Rep. Hank Vaupel, to be a part of Alex Allen's Eagle Scout Court of Honor this afternoon. Well done! He's pictured pinning his "Mentor" pin on his mom. Congratulations, Alex!

Residents of the 22nd district are welcome to join me for my August Coffee next week. I will be hosting people in four d...
08/20/2020

Residents of the 22nd district are welcome to join me for my August Coffee next week. I will be hosting people in four different locations throughout Livingston County as well as offering a digital Zoom option.

My online coffee hours will be Monday, August 24th from 6-7 pm. Those wishing to attend the digital coffee hours on Monday can register by visiting https://www.senatorlanatheis.com/rsvp/.

Residents of the 22nd district are invited to join me for a digital coffee hours via Zoom, this coming Monday, August 24...
08/18/2020

Residents of the 22nd district are invited to join me for a digital coffee hours via Zoom, this coming Monday, August 24th. I will also be hosting in person coffee hours throughout Livingston County on Friday, August 28th.

Those wishing to attend the digital coffee hours on Monday, can register by visiting https://www.senatorlanatheis.com/rsvp/. #Sen22 #CoffeeHours #SenatorTheis

Earlier today, the Michigan Senate approved a bipartisan Return to Learn plan, which will help ensure Michigan students ...
08/15/2020
Michigan Senate approves education compromise plan aimed at safe return to schools

Earlier today, the Michigan Senate approved a bipartisan Return to Learn plan, which will help ensure Michigan students receive a safe education when school resumes in a few weeks.

Under the Return to Learn plan, school districts must develop health and safety guidelines for all in-person instruction. The guidelines must leverage local data and be developed in consultation with county health departments. Local school boards should help inform staff, parents and students, and members of the community as to how and why certain instruction models are selected.

Nothing is more important than providing students a great education in a safe learning environment. The Return to Learn plan will help students achieve by ensuring local school districts are empowered to make the best health and safety decisions for their communities.

The plan gives districts flexibility on the total number of mandated instructional days and hours, as long as a full school year’s worth of instruction is provided. The legislation also requires regular two-way interaction between students and teachers, regardless of how they are offering classes. This is intended to ensure students enrolled in distance learning options receive the benefit of personal attention.

Under the plan, funding would be determined using a blend of the 2019-2020 school year pupil count and the 2020-2021 school year pupil count. The blended average will help ensure stability in funding levels.

The plan also requires benchmark testing to be conducted in the classroom, online, or at home. Test results will be shared with parents so they understand children’s learning needs, and they will be used by each school district to establish academic goals.

Entrusting local education leaders with the flexibility to make more and better decisions will increase opportunities for educational enrichment and help improve student achievement. The Return to Learn plan will help them accomplish that.

The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to receive final approval and be sent to the governor for her signature.

The legislation is part of a bipartisan compromise aimed at giving flexibility to districts about how they offer classes amid a pandemic this year.

It was an honor to present state tributes to some of Livingston County's finest firemen as they celebrated their retirem...
08/14/2020

It was an honor to present state tributes to some of Livingston County's finest firemen as they celebrated their retirement from the Howell Area Fire Department.

Congratulations to Chief Andy Pless, Captain Jay Hickman, and Firefighter John Peretto on your retirements! Together, these men have over 150 years of fire service to the residents of Michigan. Their careers embodied hard work, service, and dedication to those in our community during their times of need. We cannot thank you and your families enough for your years of service and your sacrifice.

Best wishes to you all, and may you enjoy your retirement! #HowellAreaFireAuthority

Learning Pads: A Safe Place for Students to Land.  It's going to take all of us working together so our children can get...
08/07/2020

Learning Pads: A Safe Place for Students to Land. It's going to take all of us working together so our children can get the best education possible. Go to: https://www.senatorlanatheis.com/learningpads/ to read the full article and let me know what you think!

Looking forward to seeing folks at my upcoming coffee hours.
07/16/2020

Looking forward to seeing folks at my upcoming coffee hours.

Parks and Recreation Month is a great time to get out and enjoy Michigan’s more than 100 state parks and recreation area...
07/09/2020

Parks and Recreation Month is a great time to get out and enjoy Michigan’s more than 100 state parks and recreation areas. Did you know that the Recreation Passport, which provides access to all of the state-owned parks and rec areas originated with the Senate Republicans? The late former Sen. Patty Birkholz sponsored the legislation to make our state’s world-class state park system more accessible to residents! What’s your favorite state park?

07/08/2020
Tribute Salon and Spa

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Tribute Salon and Spa in Brighton and see all they are doing to protect the health and safety of their clients and staff. It’s great to see so many of our small local businesses adapting to these strange times to continue to serve our communities, and I also appreciate the support of area residents who continue to give them their business!

If you would like to highlight your business and what it is doing in my district, contact my office at: 517-373-2420 and invite us out to see how you are making your employees and customers safe.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, safe Fourth of July! Celebrate our freedoms!
07/04/2020

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, safe Fourth of July! Celebrate our freedoms!

Reminder: Coffee Hours Today! Join me in-person at either Two Brothers Coffee in Brighton from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. or at F...
06/26/2020

Reminder: Coffee Hours Today! Join me in-person at either Two Brothers Coffee in Brighton from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. or at Fowlerville Farms Family Restaurant from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
My Zoom Coffee Hour will be from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. To participate in my Zoom Coffee Hour please preregister at SenatorLanaTheis.com/rsvp/ by noon Friday.

On this day in 2014, Public Act 197 of 2014, a breast-feeding anti-discrimination act, was signed into law.
06/24/2020

On this day in 2014, Public Act 197 of 2014, a breast-feeding anti-discrimination act, was signed into law.

Link to this morning's press conference on "Return to Learn"  Giving schools maximum flexibility to empower students and...
06/23/2020
Live Stream

Link to this morning's press conference on "Return to Learn" Giving schools maximum flexibility to empower students and parents.

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Starting July 1, 2020, Michigan drivers will have the choice to lower their auto insurance rates! Learn more at www.mich...
06/23/2020

Starting July 1, 2020, Michigan drivers will have the choice to lower their auto insurance rates! Learn more at www.michigan.gov/autoinsurance.

Wishing a very Happy Father's Day to all the dads and father figures alike who have made a positive impact on our lives.
06/21/2020

Wishing a very Happy Father's Day to all the dads and father figures alike who have made a positive impact on our lives.

Please join me for coffee and conversation.  A zoom coffee will be coming soon - stay tuned.
06/19/2020

Please join me for coffee and conversation. A zoom coffee will be coming soon - stay tuned.

Yesterday, we approved using $880 Million of Michigan's federal dollars to help our residents and support the safe and s...
06/18/2020

Yesterday, we approved using $880 Million of Michigan's federal dollars to help our residents and support the safe and sensible re-opening of our state.

06/17/2020
With new changes coming to auto insurance on July 1, 2020,  the State of Michigan is providing resources to learn about ...
06/16/2020

With new changes coming to auto insurance on July 1, 2020, the State of Michigan is providing resources to learn about the new law at www.Michigan.gov/AutoInsurance

06/04/2020
THEIS SANTANA Resolution 112

Together, my good friend and colleague, Sen. Santana and I co-sponsored Resolution 112 denouncing and condemning violent extremism.

05/25/2020

Today we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country.

Are you having issues with UIA?   Our office can help.  Please have the following information handy when you go online t...
05/18/2020

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05/14/2020
Sen. Theis National Police Week

This National Police Week, we’d like to especially thank Michigan law enforcement for helping protect their communities during the pandemic.

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