Rep Cochran: Public service has always been very important in my family. My dad was a police officer, my wife and son are teachers, and I served as a fire fighter and paramedic before becoming Fire Chief in Lansing. After I retired from the Lansing Fire Department I felt that I still had more to offer my community. There were also some specific policy changes - especially fighting for workers compensation benefits for fire fighters who develop cancer because of exposure to toxic materials that I wanted to advocate for.
Rep Cochran: I always strive to make myself available to my constituents. Making sure that I remain accessible through coffee hours and events in my district will continue to be a top priority. As far as policy is concerned, it is critical that we, as a state, support education at all levels. In a knowledge based economy, talented and education workers are a state's most important resource. I am encouraged that most recent budget included additional funding for K-12 schools.
We still need to do more to support higher education and making college more affordable for working families.
Rep Cochran: As a kid, my parents always taught me the importance of looking out for my neighbors and those around me. What Michigan's auto no-fault system really comes down to is looking out for our 10 million neighbors across the state. Because of our unique system, we make sure that if someone is severely injured in an auto accident, that person can access the medical treatment they need. If we were to get rid of the system or reduce its benefits, we would see more lawsuits which means more time spent with attorneys and less time with family and friends and increased expenses for individuals which just serves to add a financial burden making the road to recovery even more challenging.
Rep Cochran: El Oasis, the food truck on Michigan Avenue, has the best tacos in town.
Rep Cochran: I have always found the quote below from Dr. Martin Luther King to be inspiring and insightful. Since I could never hope to match Dr. King's eloquence, I will let his words speak for themselves.
"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."
Rep Cochran: Coffee definitely helps, but what really gets me out of bed in the morning is also what made me want to be a fire fighter and to seek elected office: a desire to help people. When the phone rings in my office, you never know what the person on the other end will want to talk about or what kind of assistance they may require. It is tremendously rewarding when a constituent calls in with a problem that we are able to help solve.