DETROIT – State Representative, and Detroit Caucus Chairman, Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) said today that he is honored to be working with such a talented group of new and returning Detroit legislators. Six new Detroit representatives were sworn in today at the state Capitol along with Banks and three returning Detroit representatives: Reps. Wendell Byrd (D-Detroit), Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit), LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit), Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), Leslie Love (D-Detroit), Rose Mary C. Robinson (D-Detroit) and Harvey Santana (D-Detroit).

“I am eager to start working with this talented, dedicated group of individuals, and I’m impressed with the credentials they bring to the state Capitol, said Banks. Joining me and my three returning colleagues, we have members who are community activists working on neighborhood issues including housing and literacy, a licensed first responder, a public school teacher, a college professor and a member of the Detroit Police Commission. Detroit communities will be well-represented in Lansing, and I look forward to the Detroit Caucus doing great things for our residents and our city.”

In addition, a number of Detroit Caucus members have been appointed to leadership positions in the House Democratic Caucus. Durhal will serve as the assistant democratic leader. Garrett will serve as an assistant floor leader. Love will serve as the Democratic Caucus vice chair.

“Detroit will benefit by these outstanding members of the Detroit Caucus,” said House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills). As members of the caucus and my leadership team, they will help our caucus fight for the best public policy for the families, seniors and children of Detroit and all Michigan communities.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also said that he is eager to work with Detroit Caucus members on policy and programs that will move Detroit forward.

“The city of Detroit has always had strong representation in Lansing,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. I want to congratulate the members of the Detroit delegation who were sworn into the 98th Michigan Legislature today. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to public service. I look forward to our continued partnership on public policy issues that help create opportunities for residents of the great city of Detroit.

“What is good for Detroit will also help our state,” said Banks. “The Detroit Caucus and I are going to hit the ground running and be a force for good public policy.”