LANSING — Last night, the Speaker of the House announced committee assignments for the 2019-20 legislative session. State Rep. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids) was assigned to the  House Appropriations Committee, as well as the subcommittees on Natural Resources and Environmental Quality; School Aid and Education; and Military, Veterans Affairs and State Police. The Appropriations Committee plays a vital role in determining Michigan’s budget priorities and funding allocation.

“I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to serve on these important committees,” said Rep. Hood. “The families of Grand Rapids have made it clear that keeping our environment and drinking water clean, improving the quality of our education and caring for our veterans are some their top priorities. I will do all I can in these new roles to ensure that the programs and services that mean the most to our communities have the resources they need to provide the quality of life we deserve.”

Rep. Hood is currently serving her first term representing the 76th House District, which includes much of the city of Grand Rapids. Rep. Hood graduated from Michigan State University’s James Madison College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in public policy. Before serving in the Legislature, Rep. Hood was the executive director of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and a strategist for Dig Deep Research, which helps municipalities find and secure millions in funding for water and energy infrastructure projects.