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Justin Kasieta (holding certificate) was presented with the 2022 Rosenthal Legislative Intern Award on Wednesday, April 13 in Lansing. Kasieta currently serves as an intern for State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock. Markkanen (left) is serving his second term in the Michigan House representing residents of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, as well as Powell and Ishpeming townships in Marquette County. Joining Kasieta and Markkanen for the award ceremony were two other staff members in Rep. Markkanen’s office – legislative aides Bill Azelton (second from left) and Sarah Blakely.

Rep. Markkanen staff member wins legislative award
RELEASE|April 13, 2022

An Upper Peninsula native on State Rep. Greg Markkanen’s team has won an award for outstanding legislative performance.

Justin Kasieta, a graduate of Marquette Senior High school and currently a junior pursuing an interdisciplinary Bachelor in General Studies degree at the University of Michigan, has been presented with the 2022 Rosenthal Legislative Intern Award.

Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, as well as the university’s James Madison College, administer the annual award named after Daniel Rosenthal, who was one of MSU’s first Legislative Student Intern Program participants in January of 1977. Undergraduate legislative interns in the Michigan House and Senate regardless of school affiliation are eligible for nomination, and the award recognizes outstanding service and dedication within the role.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be the recipient of the 2022 Rosenthal Legislative Intern Award,” Kasieta said. “I am so grateful for the great team I work with in Rep. Markkanen’s office who helped make this possible.”

Rep. Markkanen, of Hancock, said: “Justin is an incredibly important part of our team and has worked tirelessly on behalf of people throughout the western U.P. while interning for the 110th House District. Those across the western U.P. should know that experienced, award-winning personnel are in my office working to make our region a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Kasieta is passionate about veterans’ issues and improving Michigan’s foster care system.

People with questions or concerns about issues both in the U.P. and statewide can contact Rep. Markkanen’s office by phone at (517) 373-0850 or email at GregMarkkanen@house.mi.gov.

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