tv Michigan Electors Vote in Lansing CSPAN December 20, 2016 2:19am-3:03am EST
>> good afternoon. as provided under the constitution of the united states, the laws of the united states, and the laws of the great state of michigan, the 2016 meeting of the electoral college is now convened and will come to order. please rise for the pledge of allegiance, led by the state representative, tom barrett. >> thank you. i pledge allegiance -- >> to the flag of the united states of america, and to the which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
>> thank you, governor. >> if you would remain standing, thank you, tom -- at this point, i will invite another to come forward to sing the national anthem. >> ♪ o, say, can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming
[applause] >> well, thank you for that wonderful rendition. that was outstanding. if everyone would be seated please, our invocation will be delivered by bishop ira combs. bishop: this time, if i may ask you to stand again for the invocation in honor of our governor and the lord and savior of our nation, who has made this nation great. almighty and eternal god, el shaddai, supplying the needs of your people by the way of the cross, we bow our heads in the spirit of humility, giving thanks, praise, and adoration to you for the blessings of peace, tranquility, and prosperity you have bestowed on our great nation.
we sincerely appreciate your divine intervention in america's most recent national elections and the clarity with which you spoke through the voice of the electorate. as we gather on this historic, magnanimous, and momentous occasion, to commensurate and to consummate the business of the electoral college and close the books on the controversial past and open a new chapter to open america's exceptionalism, did president-elect donald j. trump and vice president mike pence and the cabinet members to be confirmed the wisdom, stability, foresight, and wisdom to govern with humility and to appoint with conviction based on our
traditional values and our nation's great constitution. bless their families, loved ones, colleagues, and peers. bless our governor, members of the senate and house, electoral college, and the totality of our nation as a whole. god bless america, and let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. and all of the people say amen. >> amen. bishop: say "amen" again. >> amen. >> thank you, bishop. nominations are now in order for the chair of the 2016 president of the electoral college. i will now recognize hank for the purpose of making a nomination. [applause] [indiscernible] >> the governor is doing a hell of a job. i'd like to have him have the
job. >> thank you, hank. do we have a second? we have got a second. hearing no other nominations, the nominations are closed. thank you. all in favor of governor rick snyder for the chair of the 2016 electoral college, signify by saying aye. all opposed, say nay. governor snyder is unanimously elected as chair of the 2016 presidential electoral college. thank you. thank you, please be seated and thank you for that honor. please be seated. [inaudible] >> you are a little out of order, but, john, what will you share with us? >> [inaudible] >> i would move to read a special tribute --
>> [inaudible] >> do you have a statement you would like us to enter? [indiscernible] >> ok. do we have a second? all in favor of having the statement read, say aye. >> aye. >> all opposed, say nay. you may read your statement. >> whereas the signers of the constitution understood the natural instinct to man to govern in such a way to benefit himself, their loved ones, and those who may profit from them, and, whereas our founding fathers, guided by divine intervention, created a system of checks and balances described in the document called the constitution of the united states of america, and whereas no president in the united states of america has ever been elected by direct popular vote
but by a system described by the constitution of the united states of america and whereas article ii, section 1 states in -- each state should elect and such a manner the number of electors equal to whole numbers of senators, to which the state may be entitled in the congress, but no senator or representative or person holding office of trust or profit under the united states shall be appointed an elector, and whereas the state of michigan has two senators and 14 u.s. representatives, michigan has been allotted 16 electors. these are elected at the state convention with their respective districts with the party having two at-large positions, and whereas republican donald j. trump won michigan by the
narrowest margin in michigan michigan history, winning 306 electors of 270 needed to secure his place in history is a 40 seventh place in america as president, we hereby recognize and thank the following electors for their willingness to serve in the electoral process and congratulate you for being bestowed the honor of representing your citizens of your district and the citizens of our great state of michigan. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. if you could please provide a copy of that to the secretary for the minutes. i would like to appoint the lieutenant governor brian kelly,
secretary of state ruth johnson, and the attorney general as assistant chairs. thank you for your service. please stand up. [applause] >> the senate majority leader as secretary, another representative as assistant secretary, and the speaker of the house kevin carter as parliamentarian, and a state representative as the assistant parliamentarian. thank you for your service. all stand up now. [applause] >> i have not known such august people to be as shy as they are today. thank you, and thank you for your assistance. the role of the official electors for the president and vice president of the united states will now be called. indicate your presence by standing here when your name is called. elector-at-large. hank, just yell out you are here. elector-at-large joseph guzman. first district, john haggard.
second district, jack holmes. third district, kelly mitchell. fourth district, judy rapanos. fifth district, henry hatter. sixth district, robert weitt. seventh district, wyckham seelig. eighth district, ross ensign. nice district, michael banerian. 10th district, brian fairbrother. 11th district, ken crider. 12th district, mary vaughn. 13th district, jim rhoades. 14th district, william rauwerdink.
all electors are present. the chief justice. giving the oath of office. [applause] chief justice: thank you. there are many occasions i have been blessed. none more poignant than this. will the electors please stand and raise your right hand? it looks like all of you figured out the right hand. ok, good. [laughter] chief justice: now, do you solemnly swear you will support the constitution of the united states and the constitution of this state and that you will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of elector of president and vice president of the united states, according to the best of your ability? congratulations. [applause]
>> i would now like to appoint the sergeant-at-arms for the 2016 electoral college. from the 11th congressional district, and from the six congressional district, from the fourth congressional district, and andrea pollack of the third congressional district. please be recognized. [applause] >> thank you for your service. nominations are now in order for the office of president of the united states. i now recognize michael banerian for the purpose of the nomination. mr. banerian: ladies and gentlemen, i have the privilege of standing before you for those that carries the hopes of democrats, republicans, and independents alike on his shoulders, a man who has been given the opportunity to restore
the american dream, which has been out of reach for so many americans for far too long, so i ask you to stand with me for such a man and stand with me as i nominate donald trump for president of the united states of america. [applause] >> thank you. do i have a second? multiple seconds. very good. are there any other nominations
for president of the united states? hearing none, i call for a ballot. to facilitate the ballot, i call for our sergeant-at-arms to step forward and distribute ballots for the office of president of the united states. please indicate your preference. by signing the name of the candidate for your preference. [crowd noise]
gov. snyder: it's very exciting. we have more work to be done. nominations are in order for the office of vice president of the united states. i recognize joseph guzman for the purpose of nomination. >> mr. chairman, it is a distinct honor to to nominate governor mike pence for vice president of the united states. governor: great, i appreciate that. do we have a second? we have a second. are there any other nominations
for the office of vice president of the united states? hearing none, i call for a vote by ballot. sergeants, would you please step forward and distribute the ballots for the office of vice president of the united states? thank you. please indicate your vote by writing the name of the candidate of your preference.
donald j. trump and mike pence for their elections. thank you for your good work. [applause] gov. snyder: we have more work to be done, though. we're going to put you to work again. it is now time to sign the certificates of vote for president and vice president. each official elector must sign each of the six certificates to certify donald j. trump for the office of president of the united states and governor mike pence for the office of vice president of the united states. i invite all electors to come forward and sign the certificates. the sergeant-at-arms will begin releasing the electors one by one. we'll ask you to come forward and sign six times and the sergeants will come get you, put your signatures down. [applause]
gov. snyder: thank you, electors, i appreciate your patience. i believe we completed the process. the 2016 electoral college will send one certificate by registered mail to the president of the united states senate and one to chief judge robert yonker of the united states district court for the western district of michigan. two certificates will be delivered to the michigan secretary of state and two certificates will be delivered to the archivist of the united states, national archives and records administration in washington, d.c. i now invite all electors to come forward and sign the envelopes. the sergeant-at-arms will begin by releasing electors one at a time. now that you've signed those
gov. snyder: thank you, electors, i appreciate your patience. i appreciate your patience in the gallery. it's great to have such a great group of people here today to hear this historic moment. i think you for that. our benediction today will be by bishop isaac combs. thank you for your invocation. you will have us have a strong close here. [applause] bishop: as we all rise in the spirit of humility, let us give, lord, a round of applause for this great victory this evening. put your hands together for donald j. trump and vice president, mike pence. we bow our heads at this time. now, lord, our heavenly father, we bow our heads again and in thanksgiving we reflect on this
monumental and transformational victory that you have wrought in the politics of this nation that has had, lord god, an amazing experience on all of the continents of the earth. strengthen, now, the president-elect to carry out the planks and the platform of his campaign that he's promised to the american people. give us all the fortitude and constitution to stand with him as he executes the same -- jobs, a strong border, a stable economy, cut in taxes and protection of the life of the unborn. now, oh, god, we ask that you send help from your sanctuary and bless our governor. look on the members of law enforcement. strengthen the rule of law. those in the military, protect them and engender their families and as we close this session, let us go and celebrate the holiday season with an attitude
of appreciation and thanksgiving, world without end, in the name of christ jesus, everyone say amen. >> amen. bishop: say amen again. >> amen. [applause] >> merry christmas, happy new year. >> thank you. [applause] governor snyder: thank you, bishop. we're almost done with the official business. one more act. the chair will now entertain a motion to adjourn. i have a motion, do i have a second? there has been a motion to adjourn and a second. all in favor signify by saying aye. >> aye. governor snyder: all opposed, say nay. the 2016 presidential electoral college is now adjourned. will all official and honorary electors please move to the front of the chamber for purpose
of taking a commemorative photo of michigan's 2016 electoral college and i thank you for your service today on electing a new president and vice president. thank you so much. [applause] >> c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and all of the issues that impact you. coming up, a discussion on usa today and investigation into drinking water of small communities across the nation which found people in many of these systems work drinking untested or tainted tap water.
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incoming members of the 115th congress when they came to the capital for their orientation. here is a look. >> representative elect jayapal, tell us about your background. myresentative elect jayapal: parents had about $5,000 in their bank account and they use the entire thing to set me here for college. i feel like the opportunity i had to go from that 16 year old girl by myself and now getting to serve as the congresswoman from the seventh congressional district is really the american dream. i think that is why i have devoted the last 25 years of my for otherghting people to have that opportunity. >> you are a democrat from washington state. what impact did that experience you had as a young girl have on who you are today? >>