LANSING – State Representative Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) was officially sworn in for her first term as state representative for the 52nd District of the Michigan House of Representatives during a ceremony in the House Chamber today.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent the citizens of my district,” Driskell said. “The voters told me that education is their top priority, and I will focus on improving our state’s education funding and ensuring that our children have the tools they need to succeed.”

Driskell represents northern and western Washtenaw County, including Saline, Manchester, Dexter, Chelsea, Scio Township and Whitmore Lake.

House Assistant Clerk Rich Brown swore in the 51 Democratic members of the Michigan House in their oath of office in the constitutionally mandated event that kicked off the 2013-2014 legislative session.

“It has been a privilege to serve as the mayor of Saline for the past 14 years, and I am excited to be able to apply my experience to address my district’s concerns,” Driskell said.

Driskell’s three children, Ryan, Matt, and Marielle, joined her for the ceremony.

Residents with issues or concerns related to state government are encouraged to contact Rep. Driskell at (517) 373-0828 or by email at