LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 11, 2022) — Sen. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) has issued the following statement after being sworn into office to serve in the 102nd Michigan Legislature:

“Today, I took the oath of office and was sworn in as State Senator of Senate District 21. I will also serve as the Chair of Appropriations, the first Black woman to do so in history. As a former state representative, county commissioner, and community organizer, I am humbled that you have chosen me to serve mid-Michigan in the state senate.”

“To the people of Senate District 21: I will continue my fight for legislation that will make our community better—like lowering the cost of healthcare, supporting our workers, and increasing access to education. I know that we may not always agree on every issue, and I understand that it is my duty to keep an open dialogue and remain responsive to the people of mid-Michigan.”

“Serving as my community’s State Senator is the greatest honor of my life. As I begin my first day in the 102nd Michigan Legislature, I promise to bring your voices and passion to the halls of power.”

Sen. Anthony served two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives and is the first Black woman to serve the Lansing area in the Senate. Sen. Anthony is also the first Black woman to serve as Senate Appropriations Chair.