Bridge dedicated to Senator Tom Casperson in Delta County | News, Sports, Jobs
ESCANABA – A well-known landmark in Delta County was given a new name on Friday morning when the Escanaba River Bridge was officially opened and renamed the Senator Tom Casperson Memorial Bridge.
“It’s really something special for me, and so many others, to have this near the stationery and in Tom’s hometown and get people to see it every day.” said Sen. Ed McBroom, who succeeded Casperson in the Michigan Senate and worked actively with him while he was a member of the House.
Dignitaries, members of the public and Casperson’s family gathered in the shadow of the non-motorized trail tunnel under the nearby railway viaduct to hear from those who have worked with or knew Casperson personally and professionally. tell stories about his love and dedication to the UP, his family and his faith.
The bridge was technically renamed late last year, when the McBroom-sponsored bill was signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on December 29. his dedication to the late senator.
“Right now, we don’t give a lot of bridge dedications or dedications to anyone other than deceased officers or military veterans.” McBroom said, noting who bears the name of the bridges is largely based on who makes up the legislative committee responsible for this type of legislation.
“It was just one of those things where it all came together and we were able to do it in two weeks like a lame duck”, he added.
Casperson died at the age of 61 following a battle with lung cancer.
Prior to being elected to the legislature, Casperson worked for 27 years in the family-owned log trucking business, Casperson & Son Trucking, including 12 years as owner and operator. It was his logging and trucking background that prompted him to run for office after a woman and her two-year-old daughter died after a logging truck lost its load carried, crushing their van.
The first bill Casperson passed was a law allowing cradle-style trailers in Michigan. While in the House, Casperson served as Deputy Majority Whip, Chairman of the House Conservation, Forestry and Outdoor Recreation Committee, and Deputy Chairman of the Transportation Committee. In the Senate, he was chairman of the transport committee and the natural resources committee. He has also served on the Senate Families, Seniors and Social Services Committee and the Finance Committee.
He is the author of 20 public documents during his mandate as representative of the State. In addition the “Crib Truck Bill” 2003, these included bills requiring the Department of Natural Resources to certify Michigan’s forests as sustainable forests, allowing metal mining in Michigan, establishing “Castle doctrine”, and prevent the state from taking control of the Mackinac Bridge.
As a senator, Casperson introduced a wide variety of bills, 25 of which were enacted during his first term alone.