2013: Former Rep. Stephen Shepich Dies

When:
October 24, 2018 all-day
2018-10-24T00:00:00-04:00
2018-10-25T00:00:00-04:00

Steve was born October 12, 1948 in Stambaugh, MI and graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1966 and was an all U.P. running back. At the age of 17, Steve attended Northern Michigan University on a football scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in social work in 1972. For the next ten years, he worked as a Community Mental Health Counselor in Iron River and Iron Mountain. Steve furthered his education at Michigan State University where he obtained his Master’s Degree in public administration. He was employed as a budget analyst for the Michigan House Fiscal Agency, overseeing budgets for the DNR and the Department of Agriculture. In 1993, he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, serving the 110th District. Steve was proud to be regarded as a staunch liberal Democrat. He believed in fighting for the underdog and in preserving and protecting our natural environment. Steve never forgot his UP roots and valued his Iron County community. He played a significant role in obtaining funding to develop the Apple Blossom Trail, the Caspian Ski Hill and current City Hall, and the Iron River RV Park.

The Detroit News won a Pulitzer for its 1993 coverage of a scandal involving the House Fiscal Agency. Director John Morberg pleaded guilty to racketeering and tax evasion charges. He had used state money for things like vacations, furniture and dental work from 1987 to 1993. Democratic Rep. Stephen Shepich was caught up in the scandal and resigned after pleading guilty to a felony charge for filing a false travel voucher in connection with the agency’s misdeeds.

Sources:

Obituary for Stephen “Steve” Shepich viewed on June 8, 2018.

Emily Lawler, “Death, Drugs, and Skullduggery: A Brief History of Michigan Political Scandals“, MLive, August 21, 2015; updated August 24, 2015.

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