WASHINGTON, D.C. – Birmingham City Commissioner Rackeline Hoff was among Michigan Municipal League members in Washington D.C. this week for the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference. During the Conference, the Michigan contingent met with U.S. Senator Carl Levin and had the opportunity to thank him for his years of service in the Senate. Levin announced last week that he will not seek a seventh term in Congress in 2014 after serving 34 years in office.
Hoff was among those attending the NLC Conference as part of the Michigan Municipal League contingent, which also included Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner and Councilmember Randal Bruce; Huntington Woods Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Jenks, former League President; and Michigan Municipal League CEO Daniel Gilmartin and League staff Samantha Harkins and Summer Minnick.
In addition to meeting with Sen. Levin, the group also met with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and attended education training sessions on an array of topics, including transportation funding, building public private partnerships, generating community engagement, reducing violence in the community, and conflict management. Some of the keynote speakers during the conference were Vice President Joe Biden; U.S. Senator John McCain; Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; the Rev. Al Sharpton; Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter; Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray; and Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.