Senator Tom Casperson

BACKGROUND:

Tom Casperson served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate, making him the first Republican to represent the 38th Senate District. The 38th District serves 13 of the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties, making it bigger geographically than 9 states.

Prior to being first elected to the legislature, Casperson worked for 27 years in his family's log trucking business, including 12 years as its owner and operator. That business, Casperson & Son Trucking, was started by his grandfather.

While in the House, Casperson served as an Assistant Majority Whip and as Chair of the House Conservation, Forestry and Outdoor Recreation Committee and Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee. In the Senate, Casperson has the distinction of being one of only two state senators to chair two Senate policy committees. He serves as chair of the Transportation Committee and the Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Senate's Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee and the Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee.

AFFILIATIONS:

Casperson is a member of the National Rifle Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners.

HONORS & AWARDS:

Casperson has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Advocate of the Year from the Michigan Manufacturers Association, The Tuebor Award presented by Michigan Forest Products Council, Legislative Leadership awards from Great Lakes Timber Professionals and the County Road Association, the Special Volunteer Award presented by the Michigan Association of Timbermen, and the National Logging Safety & Innovations Award from the American Logging Council.

LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

While serving as a State Representative, Casperson authored twenty Public Acts, including: the "Crib Truck Bill" (Public Act 142 of 2003), which addressed the cause of a fatal log spill accident, a tragedy that led to Casperson's first run for elected office; the "Healthy Forest Package" (Public Act 125 of 2004), a group of bills requiring the Department of Natural Resources to certify Michigan's forests as sustainable forests; Public Act 449 of 2004, legislation that permitted metallic mining in Michigan; "The Castle Doctrine" (Public Act 313 of 2006), an Act that gives Michigan citizens the right to use force to defend themselves and provides law-abiding citizens with civil immunity; and Public Act 332 of 2005, legislation that prevented the State from seizing control of the Mackinac Bridge.

Since taking office as a state senator on January 3rd, 2011, Casperson has introduced eight bills, including: legislation to keep state campgrounds open by turning ownership over to local units of government; a bill that would prevent the Department of Natural Resources from purchasing additional land unless it sells some of the 4.6 million acres it presently owns; and legislation to ease the burden on road commissions by streamlining wetland regulations that prevent them from repairing local roads.

Casperson and his wife Diane, whom he married in 1982, continue to reside in Escanaba with two of their four children: Hillary, and Dane. Their son Tom is a student at Western Michigan University, while their daughter Ashley lives in San Diego with her husband, Chan, who serves in the U.S. Navy.

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