**Photo Advisory** Nesbitt sworn in as state senator for the 26th District

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Aric Nesbitt on Wednesday was sworn in to his first term as a state senator, representing the people of Allegan and Van Buren counties, along with parts of Kent county.

He was sworn in using his great-great-great grandfather Thomas Nesbitt’s Bible, printed in 1834. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman, who was Nesbitt’s constitutional law professor at Hillsdale College, administered the oath of office during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

Nesbitt was previously elected by his Republican and Democratic colleagues to serve as Senate president pro tempore.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, the 100th Legislature convened for its first day of business.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to advance conservative solutions for the people of West Michigan and honored to be sworn in by Chief Justice Markman, my Hillsdale College constitutional law professor,” said Nesbitt, R-Lawton. “I will work to reduce debt and burdensome regulations, lower auto insurance rates, fix the roads and bring West Michigan values to the state Capitol.”

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Photo caption: State Sen. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, was joined by his wife Trisha, along with several friends and family members, for Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol in Lansing.