Former Michigan Legislature aide among Virginia shooting victims

Matt Mika courtesy of Linked In via TEGNA
Matt Mika courtesy of Linked In via TEGNA
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16 June, 2017

Mika's family released a statement Thursday saying Mika suffered "massive trauma", needs breathing assistance and will need more surgery. I've worked with Matt several issues over the years and he's a good guy.

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Mickelson says Mika is director of government relations for Tyson's Washington, D.C., office and that he's worked for the company for more than six years.

Matt Mika, a former legislative aide to State Representative Dave Palsrok, was wounded during practice for the upcoming congressional baseball game.

"Baseball is one of his great passions, and he has always loved the congressional team", Mika's family said in a release.

Mika previously worked on Capitol Hill for two MI congressmen, former Rep. Dave Camp of Midland and Rep. Tim Walberg of Tipton.

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Matt Mika, director of government relations in the meat processor's Washington office, was shot when a gunman fired upon a group of congressmen practicing for an upcoming charity-benefit baseball game. Mika is a volunteer team coach.

Three Michigan congressman, including Bishop, were all present at the baseball practice when the shooting erupted.

Mika's friend and former colleague David Palsrok, a former MI state representative, talked to Mika's brother in law on Wednesday.

"We're deeply concerned about him and his family", Tyson Foods said in a statement. He's an Oakland County native and graduate of Adrian College.

The Republican congressional baseball team was practicing on a suburban Virginia field Wednesday when James T. Hodgkinson of IL opened fire.


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