Anne Blankenhorn named Farley Award winner


Congratulations to Anne Blankenhorn on winning the 2016 Jon Farley Exceptional Legislative Staffer Award!!

The Farley Award was established to honor Jon Farley, former chief of staff for state Sen. Dave Robertson who passed away in 2013. The award seeks to commend Farley’s devoted service to the Legislature by acknowledging staff from a member office, caucus-affiliated position or nonpartisan legislative service bureau for similar qualities.

Anne has worked for the Legislature for nearly 18 years as a member of the Senate Majority Policy Office, serving as the policy advisor for the Senate Committee on Education and the Appropriation subcommittee on K-12, School Aid and Department of Education.

Anne is responsible for helping draft bills, analyzing legislation, preparing for the Senate education committee and Appropriations subcommittee hearings, meeting with stakeholders, and advising senators on legislation and ideas for legislation.

Prior to joining the policy office, Anne taught French and computer literacy for two years at a charter school. She also taught in a private school in Los Angeles, where she lived for five years. Before moving to California, she taught French at Lansing Community College. She also worked as a substitute teacher in Los Angeles and in several areas in Michigan.

Being named an exceptional legislative staffer is a true symbol of Anne’s hard work and diligence that has been recognized not only by those who work in the Legislature, but the elected members as well.

Michigan Senate Republicans would like to thank Anne for years of quality service to the state of Michigan, and her tireless work on behalf of the education community.

Nominees and this year’s winner were honored during the third annual Jon Farley Exceptional Legislative Staffer Award reception downtown at the Nuthouse on Wednesday.

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