Michigan leaders being sent back to the state House are accountable to the residents in their district. collagehouseleaders
Michigan leaders being sent back to the state House are accountable to the residents in their district.

Elected officials are only as effective as the constituents who hold them accountable. That means residents of any district should contact their representative to discuss important topics to everyday families. 

LANSING, Mich.—Michigan voters overwhelmingly supported progressive causes and politicians with their ballots in the 2020 election. But electing candidates is only the beginning of the work that will be done over the coming months as officials gear up for the start of their next term, and community residents continue engaging their representatives on the issues that are most important to them

Among Michigan’s voting trends this 2020 was re-electing progressive powerhouses to the Michigan State House of Representatives. Michiganders have seen these proven leaders’ priorities and decided they needed a next term. 

Members of the state House of Representatives are elected to decide how money is collected (taxes) and how it should be spent (infrastructure). They are supposed to base their decisions and efforts on the needs of the residents in their districts—whether they voted or not.

Why is it important to get to know your local Representatives and follow their work?

Elected officials are only as effective as the constituents who hold them accountable. That means residents of any district should contact their representative to discuss important topics to everyday families. 

To start you on your journey of what to expect when connecting with a local leader, we introduce you to some newly-re-elected officials who used their experiences with Michiganders to shape their leadership and policies. 

Plus, the surest way to connect with them and follow their moves in office. 

Kyra Harris Bolden

35th House District | Southfield | Lathrup Village | Beverly Hills | Bingham Farms | Franklin

State Rep. Kyra Bolden
Photo courtesy Kyra Bolden

Instead of investing her skills in the private sector for higher returns, Southfield native Kyra Harris Bolden is taking her talents to the state House—for a second term.

The Grand Valley State graduate earned her law degree at the University of Detroit Mercy and practiced law in the city before pursuing public office. She has already sponsored, supported, or co-sponsored hundreds of pieces of legislation, she’s already had two bills (HB 4132 and HB 5117) signed into law. The former addresses elderly and medically-fragile incarcerated individuals while the latter expands the parameters of the Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act.

“I continuously become frustrated with the limits of how I impacted the legal field,” Bolden said in a 2018 campaign interview of her decision to leave her criminal defense career behind to pursue a legislative career. “I’ve seen a lot of things I’d like to change [in my career as an attorney], so I need to have a seat at the table—at the legislature forefront—of these issues.”

In the past two years, Bolden has worked to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system, for increased public schools opportunities, and to fix some of the ailing infrastructure, helping Gov. Whitmer to make good on a campaign promise to “fix the damn roads.”

Bolden serves as House Democratic Assistant Leader and as vice-chair of the Progressive Women’s Caucus, in addition to general membership on the Ways & Means and Judiciary committees, the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates, and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

Constituents in Bolden’s district can keep up with her work through her official state House web page

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Padma Kuppa

41st House District | Troy | Clawson

State Rep. Padma Kuppa
Photo via Facebook

Despite Michigan’s melting pot of ethnicities and nationalities, Padma Kuppa was the first  Indian American woman elected to the state’s legislature when she won her 2018 race. Kuppa won office during the 2018 blue wave that saw dozens of first-time and woman candidates elected into office across the country, with many constituents calling for their lawmakers to better reflect the neighborhoods they represent. 

Her first campaign was run on access to health care, and she has championed growing Michigan’s economy and protecting public education and the environment in her time in office. She’s sponsored a number of pieces of legislation, including a bill to honor Michigan’s military mothers who lost their children in service to the country. 

As she sought her second term, she promised to continue working on these issues, plus making prescription medications more affordable and empowering women and seniors.

The Troy resident has lived in the area for more than two decades and serves as Assistant Minority Whip for the House Democrats.

Constituents can contact her through the House Democrats web page.

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Sarah Anthony

68th House District | Lansing Township | City of Lansing

State Rep. Sarah Anthony
Photo via Facebook

Beginning at a young age, Sarah Anthony saw examples of leadership around her as she grew up in Lansing. She told The ‘Gander in an October interview that a high school internship experience changed her life.

“It made me want to go into public service, and want to go into politics,” Anthony said, smiling at the memory of her time with former state Rep. Mary Waters (D-4). 

Since joining the legislature in 2018, Anthony has prioritized fixing Lansing’s crumbling roadways, improving education, and growing the middle class. She’s written and sponsored more than three dozen bills and resolutions, supporting hundreds more from Democratic and progressive colleagues in the legislature.

“If I’m in a position to help lift everyone up, and ensure we all have a seat at the table, that’s just a part of my purpose in life,” explained Anthony.

Anthony’s constituents can connect with her through her House Democrat web page.

Getting Started With Your Rep 

Michigan residents can find their House representative at house.mi.gov. Be sure to include your zip code, as some cities are split between multiple representatives.

Michigan state House representatives should be posting opportunities to connect with their communities to their official House websites and to their social media accounts.