LANSING — State Representative Marcia Hovey-Wright (Muskegon) announced today that she has been assigned to serve on the House Agriculture Committee and as minority vice chairwoman of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee.

“Having worked as a licensed social worker and psychotherapist, I am enthusiastic about bringing my experience to the table as vice chairwoman of the Families, Children and Seniors Committee,” Hovey-Wright said. “Families across Michigan are struggling, and I’m eager to help create solutions that will work for them.”

Hovey-Wright, who holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and founded and chairs the Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus, spent several years working with families in the Muskegon area and in schools throughout the state. She will also bring her interest in agriculture to her other House committee assignment. Last session, Hovey-Wright sponsored a bill that would have created a loan program for farmers who wanted to start or expand agricultural processing businesses. She intends to reintroduce the proposal in the current Legislative session.

“Agriculture is one of the largest sectors in Michigan’s economy,” Hovey-Wright said. “I look forward to taking an active role in helping farmers and food processors in our state create programs that will develop this important part of our economy.”