Michigan Senator Jim Runestad (right) was sworn in to office by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren (left) during a ceremony January 8 at the Commerce Township Hall. A Republican from White Lake, Runestad formerly served as a state representative and as a commissioner for Oakland County. The swearing in ceremony for Runestad was the second such occasion for Warren who also administered the oath of office when the GOP legislator became a state representative. Runestad, an alumnus of Central Michigan University, will represent the 15th District in the State Senate.

– Photo by John Meiu