Matthew Blakely Named Legislative Liaison for MDARD

LANSING, Mich. –Matthew Blakely was named legislative liaison for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Director Jamie Clover Adams announced today.

In this role, Blakely will develop and advance MDARD’s policy initiatives.  Blakely begins his new position on March 9, 2015.

“Matt’s strong legislative and policy experience will make him a great addition to our team,” Clover Adams said. “I know he will be instrumental as we move forward with our department’s legislative efforts.”

Blakely comes from state Rep. Peter Pettalia’s office, where he served as legislative director. Prior to that, Blakely worked as a legislative aide within the House of Representatives.

Blakely earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Aquinas College and his masters of science in public administration at Central Michigan University.

Blakely lives in Haslett with his wife.


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