WMU News

Katie DeBoer named to legislative staff

June 22, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Katie DeBoer, staff policy analyst for the Michigan Senate, has been named assistant vice president for legislative affairs at Western Michigan University, effective June 20.

In her new role, DeBoer will work on state relations initiatives with Greg Rosine, WMU's senior vice president for advancement and legislative affairs. She also will lead the day-to-day federal relations efforts under Rosine's direction.

"Higher education has become an important public policy focus in the state and nation, and I'm looking forward to a move that will let me use my connections and bipartisan skills in a way that will benefit WMU," DeBoer says. "With the emphasis on the new economy and higher education, this is an exciting place to be."

DeBoer had served in her previous role with the Senate since 2004. Her responsibilities encompassed analysis of multiple state budgets, including those for universities and community colleges, capital outlay requests, and general government. She also was responsible for monitoring and advising senators on the content of legislation referred to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and the Senate Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs Committee.

In addition, her background includes posts as a member of Senate Democratic Leader Robert Emerson's staff and a constituent and community relations specialist with the Senate Democratic central staff.

A native of Ovid, Mich., DeBoer is a 2000 graduate of Lansing Community College and a 2004 graduate of Michigan State University's public policy program. She began her legislative career as intern while still in college.

DeBoer replaces Melissa Bourke, who is leaving WMU for a new position with the Lansing lobbying firm Kelley Cawthorne.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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