Sen. Wayne Schmidt named Michigan Fraternal Order of Police Legislator of the Year

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt was honored as 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police on Tuesday.

“I am truly honored to receive the Legislator of the Year award from the Fraternal Order of Police,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “To be recognized by such a respected group of public safety officials is a testament to the hard work of my staff and my colleagues to approve legislation that helps protect the men and women in blue who serve to protect us each day.”

Schmidt was recognized for his leadership on legislation recently signed into law that guarantees health care benefits for the surviving spouses and children of law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty.

“The Michigan Fraternal Order of Police is proud to award Senator Schmidt as our 2016 Legislator of the Year,” said Michigan Fraternal Order of Police President Joe Adams. “We appreciate the senator’s steadfast support of law enforcement throughout his tenure in the Legislature, and look forward to continuing our positive working relationship with him in the future.”

Schmidt and Adams, pictured center, were joined for the presentation by Michigan Fraternal Order of Police members, from left to right, Treasurer Ken Willis; Vice President Mike Sauger; Executive Director Dave Hiller; and Director of Labor Services Dave Willis.