Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kyra Bolden (left) swears in state Rep. Karen Whitsett, who was joined by staff member Emily Eggenberger and Speaker Joe Tate, at the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 11, 2023 — State Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) was sworn in today as state representative for the 2023-24 legislative term. The swearing-in ceremony marked the formal opening of Michigan’s 102nd Legislature and the first day of House Democrats having the majority in over a decade. 

“We are living through a historic time in the state Legislature,” Whitsett said. “We have a unique opportunity to pass legislation to make the lives of our constituents better, whether that means helping to create good-paying jobs, protecting the right to vote, making health care more affordable or supporting local communities. I look forward to working with my colleagues to deliver meaningful results for our state.”

Rep. Whitsett is serving her third term and currently represents the 4th House District, which encompasses parts of the cities of Detroit and Dearborn. Last year, Whitsett helped facilitate the reconstruction of the crumbling American Motors building and secured $98 million in the state budget to reduce blight, increase mental health resources, ensure the operation of vital community services for years to come and more.

Go to housedems.com/karen-whitsett to learn more about Rep. Whitsett and the 4th House District.