Hello SCI members,

As a former state representative, and former President of SCI, I wanted to provide my first legislative update as state senator. I began my first term in the Michigan Senate in January of 2019, and I was chosen to serve on both policy committees as well as appropriations committees.

I was selected to be the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Environmental Quality. I was also chosen as Vice-Chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee which handles all policy related legislation related to natural resources. Look below for a full list of my committee assignments:

Appropriations Committees

  • Vice Chair of Appropriations
  • Chair of Natural Resources & Environmental Quality subcommittee
  • General Government subcommittee
  • K-12 & Michigan Department of Education subcommittee

Policy Committees

  • Vice Chair of Natural Resources
  • Education and Career Readiness
  • Energy & Technology
  • Finance

I’m proud to say I was once again chosen as Co-Chair of the Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus (MLSC). I previously served as Co-Chair of the MLSC during my time as state representative.

Compared to recent years, the MLSC has seen an increase in participation from elected officials, and attendance at our breakfasts with legislators. During my time as co-chair, I’m committed to increasing participation amongst members, educating members about the importance of hunting and fishing in Michigan, and focusing on more discussion of current legislation in the Michigan Legislature.

I want to make sure that our lawmakers understand that the use of sound science is vital to protecting our natural resources. Michigan voters approved the creation of the Natural Resources Commission (NRC), which compiles and analyzes scientific data prior to making decisions on the state’s natural resources. This authority was explicitly given to the NRC by Michigan voters, and I am a firm believer that the legislators of this state should not get in the way of allowing the NRC to do their job.

Moving forward, it is my hope that we can continue to educate elected state officials so bad legislation does not get passed which would interfere with the NRC or the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ job to protect and manage our natural resources and wildlife.

Hi, my name is Jon Bumstead.

I am a State Senator, former President of SCI Michigan Chapter, and co-chair of the Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus along with Senator Adam Hollier, Representative Tristan Cole, and Representative Leslie Love. The bipartisan Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus (MLSC) consists of legislator members who are dedicated to protecting the rights of Michigan hunters, anglers and trappers. The caucus meets 4-6 times throughout the year to discuss pending legislation that may impact sportsmen and women from across this state. We also host an annual Wild Game Dinner each May. If you would like to be involved in the MLSC and get to know the Michigan legislators who share the same interest as you please consider doing one of the following…

Ways to get involved:

  • Attend our next breakfast meeting. To join our mailing list and receive the invite please email Travis Chapman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • If you would like more information on the Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus please see our Facebook page at
  • If you are interested in being a guest speaker please contact Travis Chapman at 517-373-5483.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope to see you at our next meeting!

Jon Bumstead

Chapter member Jody Simpson (who is blind) shows what it takes to get it done on MOOD TV!!

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