Senate adopts resolution honoring former lawmaker

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution honoring the life and legacy of a former West Michigan lawmaker.

Senate Resolution 114 commemorates the service of former Senate Majority Leader Robert VanderLaan to the state of Michigan. VanderLaan died on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, joined Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, as he offered comments in support of the resolution. Hildenbrand and Schuitmaker currently represent the communities that made up VanderLaan’s previous district.


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Schuitmaker announces office hours events for November


District Director Deb Shields and the general public


Office hours

When and where:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 3

10 – 11 a.m.

Antwerp Township Hall

24821 Front St.


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Paw Paw District Library

609 West Michigan Ave.

Paw Paw

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10

9 – 10 a.m.

Fennville City Hall

222 South Maple St.


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Mugshots Coffeehouse

340 Water St.


12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Plainwell City Hall

211 North Main St.


  • Thursday, Nov. 12

8 – 9 a.m.

The Breakfast Place

206 North Main St.


10 – 11 a.m.

Railroad Cafe

555 Railroad St.


Noon – 1 p.m.

Saugatuck-Douglas Library

10 Mixer St.


  • Tuesday, Nov. 17

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Daily Brews Gourmet Coffee

128 South Main St.


10 – 11 a.m.

Biggby Coffee

6082 Kalamazoo Ave. SE


  • Wednesday, Nov. 18

10 – 11 a.m.

Fillmore Township Hall

4219 52nd St.




State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, welcomes area residents to attend mobile district office hours this month hosted by District Director Deb Shields throughout Van Buren and Allegan counties, in addition to Kentwood and Gaines Township.

Shields will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, please contact Deb Shields at (269) 303-5564 or by email at