Rep. Joe Tate will be the first Black Speaker of the House & Senator Winnie Brinks will be the first Woman Leader of the Senate
The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes on the selection of Representative Joe Tate as Speaker of the House and Senator Winnie Brinks as Senate Majority Leader.
“After an unprecedented memorable election, the Michigan Senate and House Democrats took an historic step today and elected the first Black Speaker of the House and the first woman Senate Majority leader. Speaker Joe Tate will lead the Michigan House with both grace and dignity, holding Republicans accountable and putting the needs of all Michiganders first. Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks, will approach her role as majority leader with finesse and experience. Both leaders will work across the aisle, alongside the Governor to improve the lives of the citizens of this great state. I am thrilled that their peers saw in both of them strong leadership skills coupled with a vision that will move this state forward without partisan bickering. I am looking forward to a legislature that will once again return to a sense of decorum, absent of scandal, because they will be led by the best – Speaker Joe Tate and Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks.”