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Warren to discuss federalism and limited government at Cooley

In honor of Constitution Day, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus will host a luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to discuss federalism and the limited government with featured speaker Hon. Michael Warren from the Oakland County Circuit Court.

Warren was appointed to the Oakland County Circuit Court in December 2002 by then Governor John Engler, and was elected into office in 2004, 2006 and 2012. He was previously a Michigan Supreme Court judicial clerk; practicing attorney with experience in appellate work and litigation corporations, securities, mergers and education; the executive director and counsel for the New Common School Foundation and member of the state board of education 1999-2002. He is a board member of several nonprofit education-related organizations, and is the co-creator of Patriot Week.

Michigan Republican announces he won’t seek re-election

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Rep. Dave Trott of Michigan said Monday he will not run for re-election, marking the third Republican congressman in less than a week to announce his retirement.

The second-term congressman’s departure could give Democrats a better shot at winning his Republican-leaning district, which includes parts of suburban Detroit.

Trott expressed frustration with President Donald Trump in August, after Trump declared “both sides” were to blame for violence during a white supremacist rally in Virginia. Trott tweeted the next day: “I think America needs more unity and less divisiveness ... meaning @realDonald Trump should focus more on golf & have less press conferences.”

Trott, 56, didn’t touch on those frustrations in his Monday statement announcing his retirement.

“This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I have decided that the best course for me is to spend more time with my family and return to the private sector,” the attorney said. “Over the next 16 months, I plan to continue serving the people I represent, working hard to advance real solutions for the American people, and to continue providing top-notch constituent service.”

Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Dave Reichert of Washington state said last week that they, too, would step down at the end of their terms.

Trott won his congressional seat in 2014, by defeating freshman Republican Kerry Bentivolio during the primary election. Trott spent millions of dollars of his own money on the race, and secured backing from business groups and others in the Republican establishment.