The State Legislature and its Role in Public Service
Jackson, Brent S.
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Everyone has their own political beliefs. Whether these philosophies are addressed depends on the ability of the individual to publicly express such issues. It is the inclination of individuals to seek a power position such as a state legislator, be it a senator or representative, which drives a democracy toward the interest based interpretation of the people's will. This is possible only if political leaders convey to their own beliefs in the process of decision making, also known as "truth in packaging." In order to explore truth in packaging, I will look at the establishment of the state legislature, the theoretical nature of state legislatures, Michigan's approach to state government, the professionalization of state legislatures, State Representative Mickey Mortimer, and finally the intertwined relationship of these internal and external forces. From my internship I learned that the state legislator's employment exists through its constituents. Not only is the state legislator obligated to the people he represents, but the influence of lobbyists from interest groups further play an important role in state politics. In the summer of 2000 I interned for eight weeks in the office of State Representative Mickey Mortimer, a Republican from Jackson, Michigan. The purpose of my internship was to gauge my interest in politics, whether state or federal. I also wanted to obtain a better understanding of the politicians that represent me and the community of which I am from.