Gov. Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Gilchrist Statements on Historic Victories for New Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks and Speaker of the House Joe Tate

11 November, 2022
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Gov. Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Gilchrist Statements on Historic Victories for New Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks and Speaker of the House Joe Tate

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist issued the following statements on the selection of Senator Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) aSenate Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate and Representative Joe Tate (D-Detroit) as Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. 

 

Governor Whitmer Statement 

“I am so excited to work with my friends Majority Leader Brinks and Speaker Tate to get things done on the fundamental issues. Both incredible leaders will make history—Senate Majority Leader Brinks as the first woman ever to hold that position and Speaker Tate as the first Black Michigander ever to be elected Speaker in our 185-year history. And both are committed to putting families first and moving Michigan forwardI know they will work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get things done. 

 

“There is so much we can do together. Make bolder investments in families, education, and infrastructuregrow our economy by bringing home tens of thousands more manufacturing jobs, and protect women’s rights, civil rights, and worker’s rights.  

 

I also want to congratulate House Minority Leader Matt Hall and Senate Minority Leader Aric Nesbitt. In the years ahead, we will face our fair share of challenges, but I have no doubt that by working together across the aisle, we can move Michigan forward. 

 

I cannot wait to see what we accomplish. Let’s get it done. 

 

Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist Statement 

This is a historic moment for Michigan. The election of Speaker Joe Tate and Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks demonstrates that when we uplift voices that are reflective of Michigan’s incredible diversity, and bring everyone to the table, we can make real progress 

 

Today is about making a difference for Michiganders of every background, in every community, and showing our kids that no matter who you are, you can achieve your dreams right here in Michigan. 

 

I look forward to working with Senate Majority Leader Brinks in my role as Senate President and collaborating with Speaker Tate to invest in our communities. Let’s keep standing tall for Michiganders. 

 


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