MLBA Names Nesbitt Legislator of the Year

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association has named Senator Aric Nesbitt the association’s Legislator of the Year. Nesbitt was chosen for his hard work and dedication to the hospitality industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am honored to be named Legislator of the Year by the hardworking small business owners of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association. These small businesses were hit especially hard during the pandemic and I was grateful to work with many of my colleagues to fight on behalf of these neighborhood businesses as they struggled to survive,” Senator Nesbitt said. “As our economy recovers, hopefully the members of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association will be able to rebuild and thrive.”

Shortly after the initial closure of bars and restaurants, Senator Nesbitt introduced a bill that would become a part of a larger relief package for the hospitality industry. As the Chairman of Senate Regulatory Reform, Nesbitt swiftly moved the bills out of committee. The bills created a spirits discount for bars and restaurants and allowed for a wide range of helpful laws including drinks to go, two-for-one pricing and social districts within local municipalities.

“Senator Nesbitt was an instrumental asset in ensuring that the bar and restaurant industry survived the pandemic and the many closures and stiff regulations our industry faced, and is still facing,” Ellis said. “The MLBA would like to thank the senator for his willingness to do the right thing and his focus in bringing these ideas to fruition in a timely manner.”

Nesbitt currently serves as Senate President Pro Tempore and chairs the Senate Committees on Regulatory Reform and Advice & Consent, along with the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Appropriations subcommittee. He also serves a Vice-Chair of the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic


The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association is a not-for-profit corporation created in 1939 by liquor licensees in the state of Michigan with the purpose of mutual improvement, protection, and benefit, therefore promoting the moral, social and intellectual advancement of the liquor licensees of the state of Michigan. For more information on the association and its activities, visit the MLBA website at