Midwestern Legislative Conference

Bowhay Institute for Legislative
Leadership Development

Great Lakes Legislative Caucus

Midwest Interstate Passenger
Rail Commission

Midwestern Legislative Service Agency/Research Directors Group

Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Project


About the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus
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, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) and two Canadian provinces (Ontario and Québec). Michigan Sen. Darwin Booher serves as chair of the caucus. CSG Midwest provides staffing services for the caucus. Funding for the caucus is provided in part by The Joyce Foundation.
The Great Lakes Legislative 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
  • Promote the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes




Membership in the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus is free and open to all state and provincial legislators in the jurisdictions that make up the Great Lakes basin: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec and Wisconsin. Caucus members enjoy several benefits:
Please contact Lisa Janairo with questions about membership in the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus.



Chair | Michigan Senator Darwin Booher
Senator Darwin BooherP.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: (517) 373-1725 | website







Vice Chair | Vacant



Illinois Rep. Robyn Gabel
Indiana Sen. Ed Charbonneau

Michigan Sen. Darwin Booher, chair

Michigan Rep. David Maturen
Minnesota Sen. Ann Rest, past chair

Minnesota Rep. Jennifer Schultz

New York Assemblyman Peter Lawrence
Ohio Rep. Dan Ramos
Ontario (Vacant)
Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Sonney

Wisconsin Rep. Nick Milroy



To help provide a voice for the states and provinces of the Great Lakes region, the caucus initiates sign-on letters, submits public comments and passes resolutions on key policy issues impacting the Great Lakes.







The Mission of CSG
and CSG Midwest

The Council of State Governments is the nation's only nonpartisan association of state officials serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. CSG is a regionally-based, national organization that promotes excellence in state government. CSG fosters the interstate exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy, and it offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. CSG Midwest focuses on meeting the needs of state policymakers and leaders in the nation's heartland, including 11 Midwestern states.