LANSING — State Rep. William Sowerby (D-Clinton Township) took the oath of office today as the Michigan House of Representatives officially opened the 99th legislative session. Sowerby was sworn in by state Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack and is serving his first term as a state representative.

“I am committed to making House District 31 the best place to live, work and raise a family,” Sowerby said. “I am honored that my constituents in Clinton Township, Fraser and Mount Clemens have given me this opportunity to serve them at the state Capitol.”

Sowerby began his public service career in 1989 serving four terms on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners representing Clinton Township. Sowerby was elected to the post of Clinton Township Treasurer in November 1996, and was re-elected four more times and served through November 2016.

“I am ready to take my experience gained from my service on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners and as the Clinton Township Treasurer to Lansing and get to work on issues facing Macomb County and our state,” said Sowerby. “I will work with my Democratic and House colleagues to ensure that our students are receiving a first-class education in all of our public schools, that our communities are receiving their fair share of state funding to deliver the services our families and businesses rely on, and that our families and senior citizens are able to enjoy a good quality of life.”