Legislative Spotlight: Q&A with Rep. Michael Webber

  DISTRICT
  State Rep. Michael Webber was first elected to serve the 45th District in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014.The 45th District encompasses Rochester and Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township.

  COMMITTEES
  Webber serves as chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, and as a member of the Insurance, Oversight and Tax Policy committees.

  EDUCATION
  Webber graduated from the James Madison College at Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Michael also is a graduate of Rochester Adams High School.

  PROFESSIONAL
  Webber, a licensed insurance agent, also served for over nine years within Michigan state government on the staffs of Gov. John Engler, Speaker of the House Rick Johnson, State Sen. Nancy Cassis, State Rep. John Proos and State Rep. Marty Knollenberg.

PUBLIC OFFICES AND AFFILIATIONS
Webber was elected in November 2007 and served on the Rochester Hills City Council for seven years – the last three as Vice President of the City Council. In 2013, Webber served as the 58th President of the Rochester Area Junior Chamber (Jaycees) where he helped deliver Easter baskets to area seniors, participated in Safety Town, and the Christmas Shopping Tour for disadvantaged children. Webber was named one of Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40 in 2013 and an Outstanding Young Michigander by the Michigan Jaycees in 2014.

PERSONAL
Webber is a 28-year resident of the Greater Rochester area. He is married to his wife Julia – a graduate of Rochester High School – and the couple has a son James who was born in March 2013.

Question 1: What is your number one legislative priority?
As Chairman of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, my main goal is to reduce the regulatory burden that the state puts on our residents and businesses. I help guide the committee in a bipartisan fashion to make sound policy decisions in order to keep our state competitive while protecting consumers. For example, the committee currently considering a series of bills that would exclude the state from using criminal convictions as evidence of an individual’s moral character in denying them an occupational license. Breaking down barriers for all Michiganders to re-enter the workforce is a positive step forward for our state. 

Question 2: What is the best part of your job?
Representing my neighbors in my hometown of Rochester Hills in Lansing is one of my favorite parts of my job. Having the opportunity to make decisions that will directly benefit our community and impact our state for years to come is the honor of a lifetime.

Question 3: What is the biggest hidden gem in your district?
The Greater Rochester area is blessed with terrific green spaces and trails. These public spaces are fun for the entire family and provide us with a great way to escape right in our own backyard. I’m very proud of our community and love seeing our neighbors enjoying our state’s natural beauty by using these parks to stay active right here in the Greater Rochester area.

Question 4: Who is your modern-day hero?
Michigan State Basketball Coach Tom Izzo is my modern-day hero. I believe he is a leader that is truly community centered and serves as a terrific role model for all Michiganders. His unique background and leading a diverse group of student athletes to successfully compete in all aspects of the basketball season is inspiring to witness every year. I’m proud to be a Michigan State graduate and knowing that my alma mater is represented by someone with the integrity and commitment to our state that Coach Izzo displays. ###