Michigan Democrats made history again Thursday with the elected officials they chose to lead the state Senate and House, lawmakers’ first big moves following the takeover of both legislative chambers in the midterm election.
Senate Democrats chose state Sen. Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, as the new Senate majority leader. Brinks is the first woman in Michigan’s history to serve in the leadership role. Later Wednesday, House Democrats picked state Rep. Joe Tate, D-Detroit, as the new House speaker. He’ll be the first Black man to lead the chamber when he officially takes over in January.
Source: Dave Boucher, “Michigan Democrats make history, pick first woman and Black man to lead legislature”, Detroit Free Press, November 10, 2022.