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AG Nessel Issues Statement on Passing of Communications Director Kelly Rossman-McKinney
November 09, 2021
LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel released the following statement on the passing of her Communications Director, Lansing trailblazer and friend, Kelly Rossman-McKinney:
"There will never be another Kelly Rossman-McKinney. I am heartbroken by the loss of one of my most trusted advisors and I am honored to count myself amongst those who had the good fortune to work alongside Kelly and to witness her artistry. Kelly forged deep relationships with so many of her colleagues at the Department of Attorney General, and her loss weighs heavy on all our hearts tonight.
"Kelly started her career in Lansing as a legislative secretary in 1979. She went on to serve as an aide in both the Michigan House and Senate before being tapped by Governor James Blanchard to help run the newly created Michigan Youth Corps, which became a national model for programs across the country. Kelly was tasked with leading multiple initiatives in Governor Blanchard's administration including the Office of Michigan Products, where she showcased Michigan-made goods to the world. Kelly then struck out on her own.
"What started as a solo operation from her kitchen table grew to one of the largest and most well-respected public relations firms in Michigan, Truscott Rossman. Kelly was the gold standard for public relations; respected by her peers and admired by her colleagues. In 2019, she joined the Department of Attorney General as Communications Director and served the People of Michigan with distinction.
"Throughout her career, Kelly has demonstrated a commitment to the greater good and to the pursuit of excellence. Her commitment was accentuated by the charisma and positivity that permeated every aspect of her interactions. Kelly's legacy will live on in the policies she has championed and the people she has mentored.
"I join with Kelly's husband, children, and friends in mourning the loss of our beloved KRM."