Proos, Pscholka, Pagel honor the late Sen. Harry Gast at the Michigan Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos was joined by Reps. Al Pscholka and Dave Pagel at the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday to honor former state Sen. Harry Gast, who died in July.

Gast’s daughter Barb Curtis and the lawmakers participated in a ceremony to rename the Senate Appropriations Room as the Harry T. Gast Senate Appropriations Room.

“During Senator Harry Gast’s 32 years in the Michigan Legislature, he earned a reputation as a man of honor who always remembered where he was from,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “He was a proud farmer and family man, and he meant so much to our Southwest Michigan community and the state during his years of dedicated service. It is a wonderful tribute to his life that this room, where he served as chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee for 18 years, will forever bear his name.”

Gast served in the Michigan House from 1971-78 and in the Michigan Senate from 1979-2002. During Gast’s tenure, he was named Legislator of the Year by numerous organizations, such as the Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Michigan Townships Association.

Proos presented Curtis with a special tribute during Senate session. The tribute was signed by Proos; Pscholka, R-Stevensville; Pagel, R-Berrien Springs; and Gov. Rick Snyder.


Editor’s note: A video of Proos’ address during session about Gast is available by visiting the senator’s website at: Click on “Video” under the Media Center tab.

The above photographs are available by clicking on the images or by visiting the senator’s website and clicking on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.