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12/14/2020
Lee Chatfield

From my colleague, Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield:

MY STATEMENT ON THE ELECTORS AND THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Growing up, I was taught to respect our country, know our history and be thankful to God for the opportunity to live here. A love for our flag and what it represented was instilled deep within me, as well as an appreciation for those who fought and died to make it possible. I was taught the history of our country, the good and the bad, the story of the founders, what was written in the Constitution and the principles found within the Declaration of Independence. I now attempt to teach my children the same things. I love my country. We have an incredible story. Our nation is truly blessed.

I also never planned to be in politics. It was never my dream. But I did enjoy following it. It was a part of my upbringing. Politics was debated at the dinner table. It was discussed in the classroom. It was talked about from the pulpit. I was taught that government was an institution created by God and that believers had a role to play within it. I still believe this.

I remember when my father worked on the George W. Bush campaign. He organized pastors. He helped turn out the evangelical vote. I saw this, believed in it and grew up appreciating President Bush. I was in eighth grade when the towers fell, and seeing the president’s leadership only reinforced my love for the red, white and blue.
We had an American flag flying outside our car. Many people did. You saw flags at homes. For a while, we didn’t argue about politics. We stood as Americans. We prayed as Americans. And that’s all that mattered.

I am also a very passionate Trump supporter. He’s done things for our country that other presidents have been unable to do. I did all I could in 2016 to ensure he was elected, and I worked hard for him again in 2020. He loves this country and doesn’t apologize for it. He has backbone. I believe he does what he feels is best for our country first and always keeps his word and his campaign promises. And that’s refreshing to see in politics. Like most Trump supporters, of course, I took grief from friends. Some jokingly, some seriously and some simply intolerant of my beliefs. It was okay, though. I still supported him. I spoke at his rallies. I worked with volunteers. I spoke out on his behalf all over the state. I was all in to see another big win in 2020.

Then November 3rd came. And after the election, there were reports of irregularities. Eye witnesses signed affidavits reporting they witnessed fraud. Republicans were blocked out of the room in Detroit. Some counties in Michigan had problems with the software tabulating the vote. This was enough that we immediately took action in our state. We subpoenaed the Bureau of Elections. We sent record retention demands to clerks. We began investigations. We heard testimony. We brought in President Trump’s legal team. Dominion is coming in next week. We’ve been doing all we can to get to the bottom of this.

If there’s fraud, it needs to be found. Anyone who broke our laws need to be prosecuted. Election integrity makes our country unique. The people of America, whether they win or lose, have peace of mind knowing that the people spoke, the law was followed and that our institutions carry on in accordance with our Constitution. If there’s fraud, we punish it. If there’s not, we move on.

While this was going on in the Legislature and we were doing our job, Michigan’s eighty-three counties were also doing theirs and had seen enough to certify their votes. The Board of State Canvassers then certified the votes statewide. I don’t like the outcome, but nevertheless, it has Biden with the win. By the actual certified votes, Trump lost.

This has now led to other conversations and other demands. First, many have demanded that I audit the election. This audit is already (by law) conducted by the Secretary of State and begins after votes are certified. I can force the Secretary’s hand on this with as much power as I can sign a bill into law. I simply don’t have the authority. I wish I did. But that’s why we’ve been doing our investigations. That’s our role.

This has also led to a national conversation over the Legislature’s role in choosing the electors. I’m a states’ rights guy, so I’m happy to have this conversation. But the Legislature in Michigan chose decades ago to award our electors to the winner of the popular vote. While many bright legal minds disagree, I personally believe that the Legislature could pass a resolution changing the manner in which electors are appointed, but the Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that once created, the right to a popular vote for President becomes fundamental, and the exercise of a fundamental right can’t be infringed retroactively for due process reasons. Maybe they were right. Maybe they were wrong. But that was the Court’s decision. And it stands today.

I fought hard for President Trump. Nobody wanted him to win more than me. I think he's done an incredible job. But I love our republic, too. I can't fathom risking our norms, traditions and institutions to pass a resolution retroactively changing the electors for Trump, or sending a separate slate of electors, simply because some think there may have been enough widespread fraud to give him the win. That's unprecedented for good reason. And that’s why there’s not enough support in the House to cast a new slate of electors. I fear we'd lose our country forever. What happens when the Democrats decide in the next election that there's proof of "Russian collusion" and decide to give the electors to the Democrat? I wouldn't be okay with that. Nor am I okay with it now. This truly would bring mutually assured destruction for every future election in regards to the Electoral College. And I can’t stand for that.

I know this isn’t what some want. I understand that. It isn’t what I want either. Many have sent me messages saying that God has me in this place for “such a time as this” and that I need to do “what is right.” Believe me, as hard as this may be, that’s what I am doing. I have been threatened by both the left and right depending on what I do next. My family has been threatened by both sides. My staff has been threatened. And that’s why I am simply doing what I believe is right.

I love President Trump. And I also love my country. I won’t apologize for either one. But aside from a court order, including direction from the Supreme Court of the United States, I will not violate the established law of our state or break the norms and institutions that have guided this country for more than two hundred years and have kept it together.

We have a republic if we can keep it. And I intend to.

We are asked as legislators to work on all aspects of Michigan law, year round.In 2020, a Federal judge told us to rewri...
12/04/2020
House OKs court-ordered changes to Michigan's sex offender registry

We are asked as legislators to work on all aspects of Michigan law, year round.

In 2020, a Federal judge told us to rewrite Michigan’s sex offender registry, as elements were unconstitutional. It’s a messy, difficult topic to talk about, but we made common sense changes and Rep Lower did a nice job of working the issue.

In a nutshell - we are balancing the need to protect the public, while at the same time not overburdening individual’s rights.

Take a look at this article for an in-depth review of the changes. The bill advances to the Senate now.

The House approved legislation that would usher in big changes to the state's Sex Offender Registration Act

This is too big of an issue to ignore.There are too many hospitality workers and businesses hurt by the unnecessary clos...
12/02/2020
Opinion: Reopening Michigan restaurants for indoor dining is safe, necessary

This is too big of an issue to ignore.

There are too many hospitality workers and businesses hurt by the unnecessary closures.

I’ll continue to speak up on the need for reopening.

I’m deeply worried about the state of our food service industry and the hardworking people who depend on these jobs to pay their bills, Filler writes.

I provided tributes to Dewitt area veterans in honor of #VeteransDay. These heroes served in every arm of our military, ...
11/11/2020

I provided tributes to Dewitt area veterans in honor of #VeteransDay. These heroes served in every arm of our military, some even in WW2. I told one man, who served in 1944-45, how proud I was to meet him and say thanks for his service. He responded, oh it’s no big deal, it’s just what I wanted to do for my country. Amazing humility and sacrifice. 🙏🇺🇸

To echo words I heard at a 9/11 ceremony honoring first responders: On this day 19 years ago, we saw the worst of mankin...
09/11/2020

To echo words I heard at a 9/11 ceremony honoring first responders:

On this day 19 years ago, we saw the worst of mankind with terrorists seeking to maim and kill, and we saw the absolute best of mankind as people gave up their own lives to save others.

We won’t forget those who perished on 9/11. God bless them.

No easy answers when it comes to k-12 education in 2020-21, I cannot imagine the difficulty of having multiple kids in s...
08/18/2020
Rep. Filler backs plan emphasizing safe return to school for Michigan students - Mi House Repubs

No easy answers when it comes to k-12 education in 2020-21, I cannot imagine the difficulty of having multiple kids in school right now, and having to manage that along with a normal work schedule.

But the legislation passed today gave flexibility to everyone involved in the education process. Bringing in health departments and school boards to be part of the decision process is important. Every district has different needs and different situations.

Take a look at my op-ed and I am happy to answer questions.

State Rep. Graham Filler today joined the Legislature in approving a bipartisan agreement to help get Michigan students safely back to school – whether it’s in-person, online or a hybrid approach.

I'll bet you know a health professional in your life and I'd bet they had some pretty difficult practice-related decisio...
07/31/2020
Opinion: Protect health care providers from lawsuits stemming from COVID-19 orders

I'll bet you know a health professional in your life and I'd bet they had some pretty difficult practice-related decisions and cases during 2020. The legislature supported a bill that would protect them from frivolous lawsuits. I hope the Governor will sign it. Take a read, thank you!*

*And note, if a health facility or professional was reckless or grossly negligent with their care, this bill does not at all protect them. They can be held liable.

"For more than four months, health care providers across our state have been in a battle unlike anything this generation has seen. They’re fighting with limited resources to treat a surge of patients who have a virus with no known cure. The possibility of a lawsuit is the last thing that should be on their minds.

That’s why Senate Bill 899 is so important. The plan, approved this week by the Legislature, would provide health care workers and facilities with limited immunity from civil liability during the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

It would also protect doctors and other health professionals who were forced to delay in-person appointments for routine care and preventative procedures due to the governor’s executive orders banning all non-essential care."

Provide health care workers and facilities with limited immunity from civil liability during the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, Filler writes.

A remarkable experiment in self governance, a remarkable country we live in.
07/04/2020

A remarkable experiment in self governance, a remarkable country we live in.

Our caucus released our Return to Learn education plan, or simply put, a framework for what we think K-12 education look...
06/23/2020
Rep. Filler announces plan to give local schools more flexibility when learning resumes this fall

Our caucus released our Return to Learn education plan, or simply put, a framework for what we think K-12 education looks like in 2020.

We need schools to open safely and we want to give schools the resources they need to make that happen.

Kids, Admin, Teachers - all are operating under tremendous uncertainty right now. It's imperative we start the conversation about how schools can work with local health departments on best practices that fit each district. One-size-fits-all doesn't fit here.

As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

State Rep. Graham Filler today announced details of the Michigan Legislature’s plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall.

In case you missed it: last week, the Joint Oversight Committee met regarding peoples’ experience with the Unemployment ...
05/27/2020
Problems with Michigan’s unemployment system can’t be ignored

In case you missed it: last week, the Joint Oversight Committee met regarding peoples’ experience with the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA); a couple individuals from Clinton and Gratiot counties came to testify on how they were unable to get through to anyone and how their unemployment benefits have still not come after 7 or more weeks. Testifying publicly is not an easy thing and I’ll say that took guts, as their stories were the stories of many.

We are asked as reps to ask the hard questions as to how state government is functioning. That’s what we’re doing. The number one thing I want to come out of this committee process and the testimony of citizens? I want a better UIA. Committee suggestions to improve the unemployment process? I think a technology overhaul through this process might be necessary, I think private-public partnership might also help the department be more innovative.

Bottom line - I want individuals to get their benefits. The state shut down businesses and individuals from working, and then failed to provide the unemployment stopgap which was supposed to follow. If a committee process holds the UIA’s feet to the fire and gets results, good.

The people affected here are real people, who have taken loans or dipped into savings to provide for their family in the absence of benefits. All they are asking is for the state to keep its promise.

As always, regarding UIA issues, please email me: [email protected]

We answer every email and there will always be staff follow-up.

The sheer number of people who have reached out to my office in desperation to get help with the unemployment system has been astonishing. To give you an idea, on one day this week alone, the constituent relations coordinator in my office made about 80 follow-up phone calls to help people with unemp...

Today we honor those military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice.🙏🇺🇸
05/25/2020

Today we honor those military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice.🙏🇺🇸

There is need in every community. Tony Spagnuolo for Clinton County Prosecutor and I donated fresh produce this morning ...
05/12/2020

There is need in every community. Tony Spagnuolo for Clinton County Prosecutor and I donated fresh produce this morning for the Redeemer Church - DeWitt Campus. Huge thanks to Suzie Unruh for their really important work in running the local food pantry. 🙏

Tony & Representative Graham Filler’s visit to Redeemer Church food pantry. The pantry accepts donations on Tuesdays, beginning at 9am and provides food curbside to Clinton County residents every Tuesday from 10a-2p & 5:30-7p. For more info, Contact Suzie Unruh at Redeemer, 669-3430 or on Facebook.

VE-Day. I think of the GIs coming ashore at Normandy, battling in the rocky terrain of Italy, slowly fighting through th...
05/08/2020

VE-Day. I think of the GIs coming ashore at Normandy, battling in the rocky terrain of Italy, slowly fighting through the French countryside...

My stepdad is a veteran and I’ve always had tremendous reverence for the war efforts of Americans during WWII. Imagine the joy felt by millions when they heard at last Nazi Germany was defeated!

Great zoom talk with teacher Brandon and the Ovid-Elsie Area Schools kids today. We talked about the interplay between g...
04/28/2020

Great zoom talk with teacher Brandon and the Ovid-Elsie Area Schools kids today.

We talked about the interplay between government branches and the struggle of businesses and farms during COVID times.

Really good questions, I was proud of the kids, and I’m always happy to work with my alma mater high school.

This is an “all hands on deck” situation here in Michigan and I hope you’ll volunteer where your gifts lie. —>
03/30/2020
Michigan House Republicans

This is an “all hands on deck” situation here in Michigan and I hope you’ll volunteer where your gifts lie. —>

Michigan residents are being encouraged to volunteer to help combat Covid-19 in the state, especially health care professionals.

The state is looking for medical volunteers, public health volunteers, volunteers to help older adults and other community volunteers. Many medical supply donations are needed, as well as blood donations.

The state has created a website where you can go and register to volunteer: Michigan.gov/fightcovid19

Wonderful to see local farms being highlighted for their hard work. Farmers never stop and we thank them!
03/26/2020
Farmers keeping us afloat during the coronavirus

Wonderful to see local farms being highlighted for their hard work. Farmers never stop and we thank them!

Grocery stores have promised they won't run out of food and that's all thanks to local farmers.

See attached. Really helpful for Dewitt area.
03/18/2020

See attached. Really helpful for Dewitt area.

Restaurants Open In Dewitt Michigan for Take-out and Delivery!

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Hb 6032 was a travesty. Are you sure you aren't a Democrat?
Please stop this from happening. We need to be released from this tirrany.
Dear Mr Filler,I just seen that you voted yes on house bill 6032. Could you please explain to me why you voted yes on such a bill that clearly goes against Our Constitutional Rights? Also did you or did you not take an Oath to uphold Our Constitution? Thank you and I will be waiting on your reply.
I had the privilege of attending the DeWitt JV and varsity football games this week. The stands at both games had plenty of room for more fans for sure. Can you have the MHSAA/Governor take another look at the "2 tickets" limit? It could easily be 4 and still have proper distancing. This would allow siblings to attend with their parents, or some grandparents perhaps. Or maybe even more students. Please look into this for the upcoming games Graham. Thank you
Mr. Filler, my name is Shirley Mitchner, I am contacting you regarding HB 4507 Duty to Act. i have called you and sent you emails atleast once every other week. please respond to me, please submit my bill to committee. will you let me die or call 911. thank you, Shirley Mitchner
Dear Rep.Graham Filler, my name is Shirley Mitchner. I am the mother of the deceased Brandon James Mitchner. Brandon was left to die on June 28, 2014. He was with a group of young men. He was left to die in the Lansing grandriver. Rep. Julie Brixie submitted HB 4507 Duty to Act which states if you are with someone and they know you are hurt, sick, shot, fell in river, drunk or overdose, do jot just leave me but call 911. These young men knew Brandon was in the river and maybe three is a possibility they pushed him in the river, but no arrests have been made. But at the end of the day we know they left him and went to a house party. Everyone made it to the party but my beloved son Brandon. Rep Filler can you please pass this bill and forward it to the sentators so they can approve it. If it was your child or love one you would want Justice and would want to hold those boys accountable for your love ones death. Are you going to call 911 or let me die. I have reached out to you via email or phone call and I have not received a response from you yet. Please help me. Thank you Shirley Mitchner [email protected]
Hello Rep. Filler, my name is Shirley Mitchner, there is a bill HB 4507 Duty to Act. Will you let me die or call 911. June 28th 2014, my son was left in the lansing grandriver by a group of his friends, they knew he was in the river and did not seek help. They did not call 911. They went to a house party and 11hrs later one of them got on facebook and wrote has anyone seen Brandon, why didn't they do that that night. There are ten states that have similar laws, the one that is similar to the one I am proposing is Wisconsin, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Vermont. I would like to add to that bill, if the person dies the person goes to prison for 3 or more years and has to pay restitution to the family nothing less than $20,000 for the costs of a funeral all expensives. If the person lives, the person has to pay restitution to the person who lived nothing less than $5,000. There are more and more people having less morals to help their friend. More and more states are looking at enacting a law Duty to Rescue, Duty to Act something similar. Let's make Michigan number eleven. This is also part of criminal reform. Mr. Filler, I have sent you numerous emails and have made numerous phone calls and have received no reply from you or your office. If it was your child wouldn't you want someone to be held accountable for not helping or saving their life. When the bill was first introduced, I spoke to you and you were so interested in the bill that you said you were going to do some investigating immediately. Well it is more than a year and the bill has not gone to your committee. If you lose the election then I will have to start all over again. Mr. Filler approve the bill and in your committee and send it to the senate. Thank you Shirley Mitchner
Hi Rep. Filler - would you provide a summary of the "game plan" going forward? I don't understand how the governor can unilaterally continue the shut-down. It seems clear in statute that the executive branch MUST involve the legislature in any extension at this point. Thanks in advance! And thanks for all you do for the 93rd District.
Graham - Please continue to stand strong in your support of our rights and civil liberties and rein in our out-of-control governor. Please ensure passage of the Senate approved bill regarding allowing people to get their necessary medical procedures and tests. You guys are our only hope right now to get things back the way they should be. Please don't let the governor win this war! Thank you for your service and your strong constitutional support.
Graham, I already know you support this...but here is more ammunition for you from the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.
https://covidactnow.org/state/MI Shut down this state before it's too late!
Dear Representative Filler, As your constituent, I strongly urge you to oppose HB 5423, which would strip $21 million from contaminated site cleanup in Michigan. There are over 24,000 contaminated sites across our state according to Governor Whitmer's budget director, and our cleanup program already lacks the means to clean up most contaminated sites. From PFAS contamination to the green ooze situation on 696, we need real solutions like polluter pay and corporate accountability laws. Taking even more money from our cleanup programs is irresponsible and dangerous. Michigan voters enacted the bottle bill with broad bipartisan support as a tool for cleaning up our water and reducing litter. HB 5423 violates the spirit of the bottle bill, and strips essential funding from the cleanup of contaminated sites and waterways. Please support your constituents and our water resources by opposing this legislation. I look forward to your response.