Governor Rick Snyder has joined in on offering condolences on the passing of former Michigan Lt. Governor Connie Binsfeld, calling her "an indelible mark on the state she loved so much."

Binsfeld died Sunday in hospice after a long illness.  She was 89.  She was the first woman to hold ledership positions in both the executive and legislative branches of government.  Snyder says her accomplishments were unmatched.  "Her advocacy on behalf of Michigan children, women and families resulted in landmark laws, including domestic violence legislation that was the nation's strongest."

Binsfeld, who authored the Sand Dunes Protection Act and introduced the Quality of Life Bonding Bill back in 1983, lived in Leelanau County's Glen Lake after retiring from political service.  Funeral arrangments are not yet complete.