LANSING, Mich., Jan. 25, 2023 — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered the State of the State address tonight before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Lansing. In the speech, the governor discussed her legislative agenda for the new term, which includes bolstering the economy, increasing public safety, lowering costs for families, protecting fundamental rights, supporting Michigan workers, investing in early childhood education, and attracting talent to Michigan. State Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt), chair of the House Committee on Criminal Justice, attended the address at the Capitol with Tony Gant, director of Policy and Programs Operations with Nation Outside, and local Democratic activist and leader of the Blue Brigade, Susan Anderson.

“The governor is fighting to make Michigan a great place to live, work and retire,” Hope said. “I applaud her leadership on defending our fundamental rights, whether that means the right for our kids to attend schools safely, free from gun violence, or the right of Michiganders to make their own reproductive health care decisions. I look forward to working with the governor in the coming term to help deliver on these key priorities.”

“I am excited to hear about Gov. Whitmer’s commitment to supporting working people and their families, and I look forward to working with Chair Hope to ensure that returning citizens are included in conversations on jobs and opportunities to build skills,” Gant said.

“I’m so proud to live in a state where our governor cares about people and keeps her promises,” Anderson said. “As a retiree, I know that the retirement tax created unexpected hardship for many seniors. The repeal of this unfair burden will make a big difference to retirees on fixed incomes.”

Hope is serving her third term in the House. She currently represents the 74th House District and previously represented the 67th House District. Go to to learn more.