Editorial: Pettalia’s work ethic represents 106th well

It’s nice to know when you send someone to represent you, that’s exactly what they are doing.

So it was with State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, who for two years now has not missed a vote on the House floor. The perfect voting record is impressive.

“The people of Northeast Michigan elected me to represent them and I take that responsibility seriously,” Pettalia said.

Putting things into perspective, last year the House had 914 roll call votes.

While more cynical readers might stop and think “what’s the big deal, that is what he is supposed to do,” think about this – how many people at your place of employment go through an entire year with perfect attendance?

And again, this wasn’t the first time Pettalia accomplished this feat, he did it as well his first year in Lansing, in 2011.

Finally, in addition to the two years of not missing a vote, Pettalia also did not miss any scheduled session on the House floor in 2012, nor did he miss any scheduled committee hearings.

Of 110 House members, 48 had perfect voting records.

In the Senate, Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, missed three of 1,912 votes. Only two senators had a perfect voting record, five missed one vote, and two missed two votes. Moolenaar was one of three senators missing three votes.