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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Brian Calley

The Detroit Free Press profiles Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley:
Calley said his family and his Baptist faith are what truly define him, not politics. He and his wife have three children, all with Irish names -- Colin, 7; Reagan, 4, and Karagan, 16 months.

When Reagan was diagnosed with autism, Calley led an effort in the Legislature to require insurance companies to cover autism treatments. It's not a typically conservative cause -- more government control of private insurers.

The bill failed. But his daughter's autism sensitized him to the plight of other families. He said his family spends $20,000 a year for Reagan's therapy.

"My daughter is one of the fortunate few that has access to all the things she needs to in order to develop appropriately," he said. "Most parents of kids with autism have no hope whatsoever in accessing these sorts of things."