WMU News

Upton aid to become WMU lobbyist

September 23, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Jeff Breneman, who joined U.S. Rep. Fred Upton's staff after graduating from Western Michigan University, will be returning to the University as assistant vice president for legislative affairs, effective December 7.

"We are absolutely delighted to have someone with Jeff's legislative background as part of our team," said Dr. Elson S. Floyd, WMU president. Floyd announced Breneman's appointment, the first appointment he's made since becoming the new WMU president, while in Lansing for a Sept. 23 reception in the capitol building with state legislators and alumni.

Breneman, who volunteered in Upton's Kalamazoo office as a student, was hired as a staff member upon his graduation from WMU in 1991. He currently is deputy chief of staff for district/state relations for the 6th District congressman. As such, he is a senior advisor to Upton on district and Michigan political activities.

"I have always considered myself fortunate to work with such a talented, dedicated community leader as Jeff Breneman," Upton said. "He has truly been my right hand man -- a good friend of mine and a good friend to Kalamazoo. While he may be leaving my team, he will still be playing for Kalamazoo. His contributions will continue to be felt here in our community as he trains his sights on helping a great school grow even stronger."

Breneman currently oversees the congressman's two state offices. His December start date at WMU will allow him to remain on Upton's staff through the upcoming congressional elections.

"I really must thank Congressman Upton for allowing us to bring Jeff back to his alma mater. His experience in legislative relations will be invaluable as we seek to strengthen our efforts in Lansing and as we pursue more federal research funding in Washington, " Floyd said.

Breneman's appointment is subject to approval by the WMU Board of Trustees.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 616 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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