Judge Dorene Allen, far left, swears in state Rep. Annette Glenn, far right, as Karann Chew looks on Friday at the Midland County Courthouse. (Mitchell Kukulka/For the Daily News)
Every member of the audience in the packed historic courtroom at the Midland County Courthouse was silent as the incumbent state representative removed his official Michigan House of Representatives pin and pinned it on his wife.
Annette Glenn was sworn-in as state representative for the 98th House District by Judge Dorene Allen on Friday.
A Republican, Glenn won the 98th District House seat over her Democratic opponent, Sarah Schulz, in the Nov. 6 general election. Glenn received 20,209 votes to Schulz's 18,629.
Admitting that she is not a lengthy speaker, a tearful Glenn finished her acceptance speech by giving a rendition of the Boy Scout Oath, which she learned as a Cub Scout leader: "I promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, enabled by the people."
Glenn described herself as "very blessed" to be able to represent the people of Michigan's 98th House District. She said her immediate goals while in the position will be to improve third-grade reading scores, reforming auto insurance so the district's rates are competitive and continuing to fund skilled trades.
Opening remarks were given by her husband, Gary Glenn, whom she will replace in the 98th District seat. Gary Glenn told the story of how after his diagnosis with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer in January 2016, his wife would drive him to Lansing every week so he would not miss a vote. It was during this time Glenn began to familiarize herself with the work environment of the Legislature.
"She would sit with me during every committee meeting, which means she knows a lot more about the energy issue than your average freshman legislators will," Gary Glenn said. "She sat with me on the floor every single day, and got to know, build relationships with and earn the respect and the affection of members of the Legislature with whom she'll be serving starting in January.
Glenn will be in Lansing on Jan. 9 to take another ceremonial oath along with 109 other Michigan legislators.