LANSING—Over the course of Michigan’s 96th Legislature—which just concluded its two-year run in December—1,912 roll call votes were taken in the Michigan Senate. Sen. Tory Rocca made sure he cast a vote on every single one of them.
“The residents of my district expect me to be at work, doing my job, and I’ve always considered it an honor and a privilege to do it,” said Rocca, R-Sterling Heights. “I take this responsibility very seriously. The men and women I represent work hard at their jobs, and they deserve nothing less from their elected representatives.”
During the 96th Legislature, which ran from January 2011 through December 2012, Rocca and Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, were the only senators with a perfect voting record for the entire term.
“Voting in the Senate chamber is one of the most important parts of my job,” Rocca said. “When legislators repeatedly miss votes, the residents of their district aren’t being represented, and that’s just wrong.”
Some lawmakers missed hundreds of votes during the 2011-2012 session.
“I hope all of my colleagues in the Legislature will take this responsibility seriously, and I have supported legislation to dock the pay of legislators who miss votes,” Rocca said.