Michigan lawmakers share their New Year’s resolutions

Melissa Nann Burke
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — After a whirlwind 2017, the Michigan congressional delegation was asked to share their resolutions for the new year, with the condition that it couldn’t be political.

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, said he wants to feel the wind in his beard in 2018. His New Year’s resolution is to ride his Harley-Davidson around Michigan more often.

Nine of Michigan’s 15 delegation members responded to The Detroit News’ inquiry. The 13th Congressional District seat is empty since Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Detroit, resigned Dec. 5 and won’t be replaced until the primary and general elections are completed in August and November.

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, wants to feel the wind in his beard in 2018. His resolution is to ride his Harley-Davidson around Michigan more often.

“There’s no better feeling than riding along the shores of the Great Lakes taking in the beauty of our state, and I can’t wait for the warmer weather so I can get out and ride again,” Peters said.

The 59-year-old lawmaker has taken two #RideMI motorcycle tours of the state since joining the Senate in January 2015. This year he visited the Upper Peninsula and west Michigan.

US Rep Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph

Southwest Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton, a Chicago Cubs fan who lives in St. Joseph, joked that he “woulda said more Detroit Tiger games, but with no Verlander or Upton (it) will be hard to repeat as many games as last year!”

Upton was referring to his niece and super model Kate Upton, who this fall married former Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander following his World Series victory with the Houston Astros. Verlander was traded to the Astros in late August.

US Rep Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn

Rep. Debbie Dingell aims for a healthier 2018.

“Donald Trump’s diet and mine are too alike,” the Dearborn Democrat said. “I’m cutting down on my Diet Cokes and McDonald’s in the new year.”

In Flint, Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee’s childhood drum teacher opened a drum shop, which gets kids in Flint involved in music.

“My New Year’s resolution is to take more time to visit the shop and even sit down at a drum set and play more,” Kildee said.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield

Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, said she also wants to do something good for her body by starting to practice yoga, both for the relaxation and health benefits.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, is resolving to enjoy many special moments with her 91-year-old mother, Ann, who also lives in Michigan.

U.S. Rep Mike Bishop, R-Rochester

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, wants to spend more time with his family in 2018 and see at least one Tigers game.

Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, said his resolution is to “be kind and bring joy.”

“And start writing my book,” Bergman added.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton

Rep. Tim Walberg’s goal for 2018 is to catch a trophy brown trout on his new, 7-foot, 6-inch, 5-weight fly rod.

Happy fishing, congressman.