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Governor Whitmer Appoints Patrick Gagliardi and Geralyn Lasher to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission

LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer today appointed Patrick Gagliardi and Geralyn Lasher to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, and designated Mr. Gagliardi as Chairperson of the Commission.

"The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is a critical component to the success and economic growth of businesses here in our state," Whitmer said. "I'm certain that both Patrick and Geralyn will perform their duties intelligently and thoroughly while serving on the commission."

Patrick M. Gagliardi, a Democrat of East Lansing, is currently a consultant and owner of Gagliardi Associates, LLC. He is a former member of the House of Representatives where he also served as the Democratic Floor Leader, and chair of the Tourism Committee and the Oversight and Ethics Committee. Since his time in the House of Representatives, he has served as a commissioner on the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and director of corporate and foundation relations for Lake Superior State University.

Gagliardi earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Lake Superior State University. He is appointed to succeed Teri Quimby, whose term expired June 12, 2019, for a term commencing August 26, 2019 and expiring June 12, 2023.

The Governor has designated Mr. Gagliardi as Chairperson of the Commission.

Geralyn A. Lasher, a Republican of Okemos, is currently the senior deputy director for External Relations and Communications for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. With almost 30 years of experience in public service, she has served as the interim executive director of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, director of communications for former Governor Rick Snyder and director of communications for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Lasher earned a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University. She is appointed to succeed Andrew Deloney, whose term expired June 12, 2019, for a term commencing September 9, 2019 and expiring June 12, 2023.

The Liquor Control Commission is responsible for being the sole wholesaler for all spirit products in the state, and the licensing of the manufacture and sale of all beer, wine, distilled spirits, and mixed spirit drinks in Michigan. The Commission is responsible for the enforcement of the state's liquor laws and the collection of excise and specific taxes on beer, wine, distilled spirits, and mixed spirit drinks.

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.