The Great Lakes Legislative Caucus is a nonpartisan group of state and provincial lawmakers from eight U.S. states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin) and two Canadian provinces (Ontario and Québec). The caucus has three primary goals:
- facilitate the regional exchange of ideas and information on key Great Lakes issues,
- strengthen the role of state and provincial legislators in the policymaking process, and
- promote the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes.
Minnesota Sen. Ann Rest serves as chair of the caucus; Michigan Sen. Darwin Booher is the vice chair. All legislators are welcome to participate. The work of the caucus is overseen by a 12-member Executive Committee. Funding for the caucus is provided by the Joyce Foundation. The Council of State Governments provides staffing services for the GLLC.
For information about becoming a member of the Caucus, please click here.
For facts and figures on the Great Lakes, click here.
Great Lakes Legislative Caucus Executive Committee
- Illinois Rep. Robyn Gabel
- Indiana Sen. Joe Zakas
- Michigan Sen. Bruce Caswell
- Minnesota Rep. Rick Hansen
- New York Sen. George Maziarz
- Ohio Rep. Dan Ramos
- Ontario Legislative Assembly Speaker Dave Levac
- Québec National Assembly Deputy Speaker François Ouimet
- Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Sonney
- Wisconsin Rep. Cory Mason