LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 11, 2023) — Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), the Michigan Senate Assistant President Pro Tempore, has issued the following statement regarding being sworn into office today as part of the historic 102nd Michigan Legislature, the first Senate Democratic Majority in nearly 40 years: 


“The start of a new legislative session is always an exciting time, but this is especially so given the historic nature of our state government and the Michigan Senate,” Sen. Geiss said. “I am eager to get to work on policies centered in equity and justice to best represent the diversity and strengths of Michigan and its residents. I am looking forward to working with Governor Whitmer, members of the House of Representatives, and my colleagues in the Senate to enact policies that highlight our shared values and priorities.” 


Sen. Geiss is serving her second term in the Michigan Senate. Among her legislative accomplishments in her first term are: Being instrumental in building a program to reimburse Doulas for services via Medicaid, improving the standards of care for pregnant and nursing prisoners at the state’s only facility for female inmates, improving communication with the Federal Railroad Administration to decrease blocked crossings in her community, and developing the standards of implicit bias training for health care professionals across the state as part of a broader strategy to reduce racial disparities in health outcomes.