By Mary Drier
LANSING — State Representative Terry Brown (D – Pigeon) will be serving on the House Appropriations Committee for the 2013-14 legislative term.
In that capacity, he will be a member of the School Aid Subcommittee and serve as the Democratic vice chairman of the subcommittees on Agriculture and Rural Development and the Department of Natural Resources.
“Being responsible for crafting the state’s budget is a role I take seriously,” Brown said in a press release. “My constituents expect that the government spends their tax dollars wisely, and I will work to ensure they get the most bang for their buck.”
Brown brings decades of experience as an educator to the School Aid Subcommittee.
During his previous tenure in the Michigan House, he was the chair of the School Aid and Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
Prior to Brown previous two terms in office, he was an educator and social worker for over 20 years in the Huron Intermediate School District.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Graceland University, a master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Valley State University.
In between his last terms and this current terms in office, Brown worked as a special education supervisor in Bay City Schools.
In addition, the 84th District is home to vast farmland and Lake Huron shoreline, which makes Brown an ideal vice chairman for the Agriculture and Rural Development and Department of Natural Resources subcommittees.
“These are issues that are important to residents of the Thumb” Brown said. “I look forward to making sure their concerns are heard when it comes to budgeting.”
Brown’s parents were each raised on local farms, and he is a life-long Huron County resident.
Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.