Michigan House Democrats named state Reps. Kyra Bolden (D-Southfield) and Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit) as Assistant Leaders. Bolden is resuming her role as Assistant Leader from the 100th Legislature and is currently serving her second term representing Michigan’s 35th House District. Carter is serving his second term representing Michigan’s 6th House District and has also been selected to serve as Vice Chair of the Detroit Caucus.
“Rep. Bolden emerged as a strong advocate for the hardworking individuals and families of our state throughout her first term as Assistant Leader, and brings that momentum with her as she returns to this role in our new year and term,” said House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.). “As a lifelong public servant, Rep. Carter has always led by example with grit and tenacity to meet the needs of his constituents, and those are precisely the qualities Michiganders are looking for in their elected leaders as we continue to overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19.”
Bolden received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, after which she became a civil litigation attorney. She has continued to be an active member of the of the National Congress of Black Women-Oakland County, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and as a commissioner of the Total Living Commission for the city of Southfield, where Bolden has remained a lifelong resident.
“It’s truly an honor to have been selected by my colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus to continue serving as Assistant Leader for another term,” said Bolden. “The ongoing pandemic has upended life as we knew it, and in this new year, I look forward to continuing this important work on behalf of Michiganders everywhere to ensure our state has the best opportunity at success long after our battle with COVID-19 is over.”
Prior to serving as state representative, Carter spent 25 years with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, attaining the rank of Executive Lieutenant before retiring in 2008. Carter has remained rooted in community service, serving on several non-profit organizational boards, president of his neighborhood association and a mentor encouraging high school students to pursue higher education.
“I am humbled to be named Assistant Leader of our caucus and I take this responsibility seriously,” said Carter. “The people of Michigan are looking to us for our leadership in providing desperately needed support for our communities. I am ready to get to work passing critical legislation that will shape the future of our great state.”
Bolden and Carter will join Leader Lasinski and Floor Leader Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) on the House Democratic leadership team for the 101st Michigan Legislature.