2014 : First Marriage Proposal on Michigan House Floor

December 11, 2021 all-day

A different kind of legislative proposal has been reached on the floor of the state House.

Rep. Klint Kesto of Commerce Township got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend, Delena Kajy, at the end of session Tuesday afternoon. He read a framed proclamation of love before pulling an engagement ring from his pocket and asking for her hand in marriage.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisles cheered when Kajy said yes.

As he looked on from the dais, House Speaker-elect Kevin Cotter of Mount Pleasant offered congratulations to the couple on behalf of the House.

Kesto says he was able to convince his new fiancee to join him on the floor without spoiling the surprise. He says Kajy thought he was just getting ready to read a proclamation and introduce her.

House clerk Gary Randall, a former lawmaker, tells The Detroit News ( http://bit.ly/1GdRKk2 ) this is the first marriage proposal he’s known to happen on the House floor.

Kesto received praise for his inventive way of using an honorary proclamation as his marriage proposal. Rep. Vicki Barnett of Farmington Hills told Kesto it was the best thing the lawmakers have passed all session.

Chad Livengood, “Oakland Lawmaker Proposes To Girlfriend on House Floor”, Detroit News, December 9, 2014.

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