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Lansing

With a captive audience, state Rep. Klint Kesto took his girlfriend Delena Kajy to the House floor at the end of session Tuesday afternoon and began reading her a proclamation professing his love.

After reading each line from the official-looking framed proclamation, Kesto pulled a ring from his coat pocket and asked Kajy to marry him.

Kajy said yes as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle cheered.

“Rep. Kesto, please accept our most sincere congratulations,” House Speaker-elect Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, said from the dais.

House clerk Gary Randall, a former lawmaker, said he can’t remember there ever being a marriage proposal on the floor of the House.

Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said he coaxed Kajy into joining him on the floor, not disclosing what he had planned.

“She thought I was just getting ready to read a proclamation and introduce her,” Kesto said.

Kesto earned bipartisan praise for his use of an honorary proclamation to serve as his marriage proposal.

“That’s the best thing we’ve passed all session,” Rep. Vicki Barnett, D-Farmington Hills, said before giving Kesto a hug.

Re-elected in November to a second term, Kesto represents the 39th District in Oakland County, which includes Commerce Township, Wixom and a portion of West Bloomfield Township.

— Chad Livengood

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