Manufacturers Honor Legislative Leaders Ken Horn and Jason Wentworth at Annual MFG Legislative Day

LANSING (September 16, 2020) — Manufacturers joined state leaders at the newly renamed Jackson Field in Lansing yesterday to recognize the 2020 recipients of the Michigan Manufacturers Association’s (MMA) Legislator of the Year Award — Senator Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) and Representative Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell).

The award, MMA’s highest public policy honor, was a part of the Association’s MFG Legislative Day where attendees also heard from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) Director Jeff Donofrio and several panels of state senators on key issues including the state budget, the 2020 General Election and the continuing obstacles surrounding talent and workforce development.

“MMA’s role as a leading state advocate for manufacturers would not be possible without champions like Senator Ken Horn and Representative Jason Wentworth,” said John Walsh, MMA President & CEO. “The dedication of key decisionmakers to a pro-manufacturing agenda is what keeps Michigan at the forefront of innovation and maintains a strong and competitive economy even in times of uncertainty.”

The MMA Legislator of the Year Award recognizes state legislators for their leadership and dedication to Michigan’s manufacturing sector and their role in advocating on behalf of Michigan’s largest job-creating industry.

Senator Ken Horn has been an outstanding advocate for the manufacturing industry on all issues surrounding economic and talent development. He is being honored by the MMA for his steadfast leadership and for remaining a leading voice on the #1 issue facing manufacturers over the last 20 years.

Representative Jason Wentworth is a quiet leader who gets things done. MMA recognizes him this year for epitomizing leadership and for stepping up to solve the challenges that manufacturers and Michigan businesses have faced as COVID-19 rocked plans and threatened production.

The 2020 MMA Legislative Day was held at Jackson Field, formerly Cooley Law School Stadium and the home of the Lansing Lugnuts, on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The venue provided MMA members the opportunity to connect with legislators and agency leaders while abiding by all applicable health and safety protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on the MMA Legislator of the Year Award,, or to schedule a call with MMA President & CEO John Walsh, contact MMA’s Delaney McKinley at 517-487-8530 or

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