Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette)

The MAB is sad to report the passing of John Kivela, a Democratic state representative from Marquette.  News sources report that Kivela was found dead from an apparent suicide Tuesday (5/9) at a Lansing home he owned.

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) told WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) “I truly have no words about the loss of our dear friend John Kivela .As we go forward over the next couple of days, please keep his wife Sandy and his children in your prayers.”

Kivela’s is the third untimely death of House members in the past year. On June 25, 2016, state Rep. Julie Plawecki (D-Dearborn Heights), died of an apparent heart attack while hiking with her daughters in Oregon. And Rep. Peter Pettalia (R-Presque Isle), died Sept. 12, 2016, when a truck pulled out in front of his motorcycle.