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State Capitol, Lansing, Michigan:

"People often ask why nothing gets done inside this building. The reality of it is that 95 percent of the time—or more—there's agreement on most of the bills legislators are voting on. But it's those five percent that people pay attention to, and that become the most partisan. One of the reasons there's so much debate over health care is because it's so complex, and not everybody has the background to understand it. As a consultant and lobbyist specializing in health care policy, my job is to help get legislators the information they need as quickly as possible. Having been in those same shoes for four years, I understand the pressures. It's not always just about the right policy. When you have constituents in your district who may think a different way, or a big employer that's employing 500 of your constituents, and they may be against something you personally believe is the right thing to do, there's a lot of inner turmoil. So when I speak with legislators now, I often remind myself that none of these decisions are easy.

"Health care has always been my passion. I was an attorney, so I understood the regulatory aspects of it. My experience here in Lansing taught me the politics and the legislative aspect of health care. And the master's program at SPH has pulled together all the business aspects of it. So as I move forward, I really feel like I can bring all those perspectives together in one room. It's a very exciting time."

—Marc Corriveau, second-year student, Executive Master's Program in Health Management and Policy; lobbyist and consultant, 2011–present; state representative, 20th District, Michigan House of Representatives, 2007–2010