LANSING — State Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing), the House Democratic Leader-elect for the 2017-2018 session, has named state Rep. Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw) and state Rep.-elect Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) as assistant House Democratic Caucus leaders for the 99th Session of the Michigan House of Representatives. State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) will continue to serve as the caucus’ policy chairwoman.
“I have full confidence these members of our caucus will help to lead the way as the House Democrats fight for Michigan’s working families,” Rep. Singh said. “Together, we will fight for better wages for working families, better schools and affordable colleges for our kids and to make our state welcoming and inclusive for all of its residents.”
Rep. Guerra is entering her second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. In her first term, she served as the Democratic vice chairwoman on the House Criminal Justice Committee and as treasurer of the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus. She double majored in Latino studies and political science at the University of Michigan, and has entered law school at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she is focusing on public interest law.
Rep. Camilleri will begin his first term in the Michigan House in January. Before being elected to the Legislature, Camilleri worked as a high school social studies teacher in Detroit, and served as the Brownstone Parks and Recreation Commissioner. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College.
Rep. Brinks began serving as policy chairwoman for the House Democratic Caucus in her second term, and is about to begin her third term as a state representative. In her second term, she also served as chairwoman of the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus, and advocated for policies such as pay equity and earned, paid sick leave. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a concentration in sociology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids.
“The House Democratic Caucus is fortunate to have so many hardworking and energetic members, and we are all ready to hit the ground running in January,” Rep. Singh said. “Our caucus will always put the people of Michigan first as we fight to build an economy that works for everyone.”
Singh said that further leadership announcements will be made in January.