I'm downsizing my vast collection of photos and clippings. My attempt long-term is to create a running story for my grandchildren when they ask "What about gramps?"
My last job working for the Michigan Legislature was with Rep. Lauren Hager of Port Huron who was a member of the first class of term-limited legislators. The law limited him to three two-year terms. He was a retired special education teacher who had served as a city council member.
His heart and his life had been serving kids in all sorts of ways. Going back to his district, I soon discovered the impact he had made on generations of children who grew into all sorts of capacities in the community.
Walking down the streets of Port Huron with him, I quickly saw the respect with which he was held. He was still "Mr. Hager" to them.
During his first-year as a legislator, a young child--Ariana Swinson--was beaten to death by her parents. This was the beginning of an intense effort on his part to tighten Michigan child protection laws.
This picture was taken when Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed one of his bills to tighten the process to protect abused and neglected kids.