A lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula, Scott Dianda first took office representing the 110th district in 2013. This profile is part of a week of special reports on our lawmakers in Lansing.
A lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula, Scott Dianda first took office representing the 110th district in 2013.
Now in his third and last term, key issues on his agenda include allowing some form of wolf hunting in the U.P.
"We have to get to the point where we look at protecting our way of life in the U.P.," he said. "We have to look at what is important to us. Hunting has been a part of our fabric from day one up there."
Another is ending daylight saving time in Michigan, which he said is outdated.
"What we need to do in Michigan is to probably just look at eliminating the daylight saving time, to save a lot of our seniors from climbing ladders to change the light back one hour," he said.
However, he said he had concerns over HB4011, a bill in the house right now that would end daylight saving time, because it would also put the entire state in Eastern Standard Time.
Dianda drives more than 500 miles from Calumet to Lansing and back each week. He wants other people to come up north, too. He stressed the importance of big events, like the Copper Dog 150 sled dog race, because they draw tourists and lawmakers from the Lower Peninsula.
"They see the challenges we face with education, transportation issues, and just all business in general," he said.
And Dianda has no plans of stopping anytime soon. He said he was considering a run for the State Senate in 2018.