Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 13, 2014

Pioneering politician Connie Binsfeld remembered

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld, who championed children's issues and was the first woman to hold leadership posts in Michigan's House, Senate and executive branch, has died. She was 89.

Binsfeld, who lived on Leelanau County's Glen Lake, had been in hospice care, said Suzanne Allen, a family friend and former chief of staff to state House Speaker Jase Bolger. She died Sunday.

Binsfeld, a Republican, served two terms as lieutenant governor under former Gov. John Engler, from 1991 through 1998. She declined to run again when Engler successfully sought a third term. She also served in the state House and Senate.

"Connie lived an unbelievable, full life and was successful at everything she did," Engler told The Associated Press. "She was a thoughtful, kind, generous person who just happened to make a lot of history in a rather remarkable career."

Gov. Rick Snyder said Binsfeld "served with modesty and integrity, always putting Michigan first. From spearheading groundbreaking public policy to setting the example for political leadership, Connie's wisdom and vision made Michigan a better state."

Read more in Tuesday's Record-Eagle.


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