Governor Whitmer, others react to the passing of Kelly Rossman-McKinney


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Following the passing of Kelly Rossman-McKinney, Communications Director for Attorney General Dana Nessel, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a statement.

Rossman-Mckinney passed away after a long fought battle with cancer. 

Kelly Rossman-McKinney was one of a kind. Honoring a woman who always knew what to say and when to say it is difficult. A trailblazer and role model who meant so much to so many. Her unmatched political instincts and razor-sharp wit shaped Lansing for decades. Her name literally graces the skyline. It is hard to imagine this town without her, but Kelly’s timeless advice will continue to shape the work we all do. One of my favorite Kelly aphorisms was ‘have a high bar and don’t lower it for anyone.’ She set a high bar for us all. We will strive to meet it every day. My love goes to Kelly’s family who centered her world.” 

Governor, Gretchen Whitmer

President and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Tim Daman issued the following statement regarding the passing of Rossman-McKinney:

Kelly Rossman-McKinney was well-known, respected, and admired by every community leader in the Greater Lansing region and beyond. Her presence was felt every time she entered a room. Her contributions to the community were enormous, as reflected by the fact she is one of only two individuals to receive both the ATHENA Leadership and Community Service Awards from the Lansing Regional Chamber.  Our deepest condolences to Kelly’s family and colleagues, past and present, for their loss.”

Tim Daman, president & CEO, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

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