Born Yooper/Leader: Mike Prusi

He was born in a part of Michigan many of us think of as being as close to heaven as you can get without entering the pearly gates: Ishpeming, in the great North Country we call the UP. His grandparents on both sides emigrated from Finland in the early 20th century.

One of Lansing’s truly good and decent leaders gets a coveted gubernatorial appointment, especially if you are a Yooper. Former State Senator Mike Prusi has been selected by newly elected Governor Gretchen Whitmer to serve as the director of the governor’s northern Michigan office. The former Michigan Senator will be the primary ambassador to the region and collaborate with business, education and community leaders to achieve the Whitmer administration’s strategic priorities.

The position has been historically dubbed, “The UP Governor.” Yet, humble Mike is very clear his role is to be the conduit of the needs of the people of the UP and to represent Governor Whitmer and her policies. Mike is the quintessential public servant and there is no place in the world he would want to represent and advocate for more than his beloved UP. Governor Whitmer has assembled an impressive team of pros to serve in her cabinet, and Mike Prusi is no exception.

Praise Pours In

Praise for his appointment was bipartisan and flowed as rich and colorful as the Tahquamenon Falls:

“Successful Governors in Michigan have traditionally had a strong presence in the Upper Peninsula and I’d say the selection of Mike Prusi as the region’s director sends a critical message to residents that says that Gretchen Whitmer is serious about the UP and its issues,” says TJ Bucholz, President and Managing Partner Vanguard Public Affairs.

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