Rep. Miller, Sen. Proos take oath of office in historic courtroom

LANSING—Rep. Aaron Miller and Sen. John Proos on Tuesday took their oath of office at the St. Joseph County Courthouse in Centreville as family, friends, local dignitaries and members of the public looked on.

Miller, R-Sturgis, was elected in November to represent the 59th House District. Proos, R-St. Joseph, was re-elected to represent the 21st Senate District. Along with the local swearing-in ceremony, Miller and Proos will also participate in a ceremonial swearing-in with all House and Senate lawmakers in Lansing on Wednesday.

“Because I will always focus on community first, I thought it only fitting that I take the oath of office in front of my family and friends in a community setting,” said Miller, who replaces Rep. Matt Lori of Constantine, who cannot serve another term because of term limits. “This is my way of thanking the local community for its support and to demonstrate that I will always vote with the best interests of the community in mind.”

Proos was elected to represent Southwest Michigan in the Michigan Senate for a second term. His district previously included Berrien and Cass counties and most of Van Buren County. His new district will include all of Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties. Proos succeeds former Sens. Bruce Caswell and Cameron Brown. During his tenure in the Legislature, Proos has assisted approximately 12,597 residents and families by cutting through bureaucratic red tape.

“Southwest Michigan is my home and I am honored to serve the people I care about,” Proos said. “I will continue to represent our common-sense values and focus on the issues that matter most to our families – creating an economic environment that grows jobs and keeps our children and grandchildren here in Michigan.”

The ceremony featured former Sturgis mayor Rob Sisson and Western Michigan University cellist David Byler and also honored Lori and former Sen. Bruce Caswell, R-Hillsdale.

St. Joseph County Clerk Pattie Bender administered the oaths during the local ceremony.