senate concurrent resolution no. 12

Senators Brinks and Nesbitt offered the following concurrent resolution:

A concurrent resolution of tribute offered as a memorial for Doug Cruce, former member of the Michigan Senate and Michigan House of Representatives.

Whereas, It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of former Senator Doug Cruce. Mr. Cruce exemplified leadership and selflessness as he loyally served his constituents in the Sixteenth Senatorial District and the Seventy-first Representative District, both of which consisted of parts of Oakland County; and

Whereas, Mr. Cruce was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to the late Manual D. Cruce and T. Pearl Crank. A Warren High School graduate, Mr. Cruce earned his bachelorís degree from Wayne State University and a masterís degree from Villanova University. He served his country as a marine guard in the United States Marine Corps in Moscow and Bonn from 1966 until 1969 and was a member of the American Legion, the Marine Corps League, and the Marine Embassy Guard Association. After his faithful service in the military, Mr. Cruce worked as a real estate broker with Douglas Management. Mr. Cruce was an active leader in his community who founded the Legislative Explorer Scouts, a group for high school students interested in state government, and served on numerous other boards, including the Board of Trustees for the Metro Detroit Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the Boys and Girls Club of Troy Advisory Board. He also served as president of the Michigan Insurance Federation. A person of many talents and interests, Mr. Cruce played in the World Series of Poker. He is survived by his wife, Anne, after over 50 years of marriage; children, Jean, Laura, and Charles; seven grandchildren; and his brother, Thomas; and

Whereas, Doug Cruce was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1980. In 1982, Mr. Cruce was elected to the Michigan Senate, where he served until his resignation in 1991. During his tenure, he chaired the Labor Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittees on Mental Health and Transportation; was a vice chair for the Committee on City Government and the State Affairs, Veterans, and Transportation Committee; and served as a member on numerous committees, including the committees on Appropriations, Commerce, Government Operations, and Insurance as well as the Appropriations Subcommittees on Budget and Oversight, Regulatory, Retirement, and Transportation. In addition to his committee assignments, he also served one term as a member of the Legislative Council. His passion for policy and representing his constituents will serve as an example for those who follow in his footsteps; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That we offer this expression of our highest tribute to honor the memory of Doug Cruce, a loyal servant of Michiganís Legislature from 1981 to 1991; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the family of Doug Cruce as a sign of our deepest condolences.