Dear District 9,

Today, I am reaching out to say thank you. Thank you for your kindness, for your compassion, and for the outpouring of love and support that you have shown me this spring. After this personal hiatus, I am glad to say that I am officially back in Lansing and working harder than ever for you! Since coming back, I’ve already set several new bills in motion, including my “Clean Water. Clean Air.” bill to combat auto junkyards and a bill to freeze property tax rates for seniors.

I was also glad to return to Lansing just in time to vote on our state’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2023 and on Tuesday of this week, to vote to approve a proposal to amend the state constitution to require elected officials to file annual financial disclosure reports and to modify term limits for a more ethical and effective state government. This amendment is a great step toward improving our Legislature, as well as our bureaucracy in the state of Michigan. The proposal is now on its way to your ballots in November, when you’ll be able to have your say on the matter. Until then, I encourage you to read up on the issue, so you can make the decision you feel is best.

Finally, I’m excited to have welcomed a new staffer to my office back in the beginning of April! Sarah Niemann, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, has officially been our office’s new constituent services director for a month now, and she’s been busy learning the ropes and getting to know some of you. I am so glad to have Sarah on board, and I hope you’ll join me in continuing to welcome her into this new role.

I am so happy to be back to work, and I look forward to keeping you all updated on my office happenings!

In service,


State Representative Karen Whitsett

Proudly serving House District 9