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Bieda breaks up 17-hour Senate session with candid T-Rex shots

By: - December 19, 2018 2:53 pm

David Knezak | Photo by Steve Bieda

Marathon Lame Duck legislative sessions will wear out even the best of us.

State Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren) found a way to break up the almost 17-hour Michigan Senate session on Tuesday by taking a few candid photos of his colleagues and posting them on Facebook.

For fun, he also took the shots with a Tyrannosaurus Rex figure on his desk appearing to approach various senators and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who presides over the body.

“We were doing mostly non-controversial things that day,” Bieda told the Advance.

The figure was a gift from a constituent who was a fan of Bieda’s work on issues for working people and animal welfare, Bieda said. The Macomb County senator is term-limited this year.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 23-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on C-SPAN, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQ people, the state budget, the economy and more. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 100 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive.