Midterm election historic for women in Michigan


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For the first time in more than three decades, a Democrat will be representing Kent County’s 29th District in the Michigan Senate.

Sen.-elect Winnie Brinks made history Tuesday night when she flipped the seat. She’s one of 11 women who will make up the Senate next year – the most in state history.

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“I’m very proud that the Democratic Caucus will be 50 percent women — eight women, eight men. So, we are excited to bring our views to the table. I think we will have better government, better policies when we have true representation of the population,” she told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday.

Brinks said voters repeatedly voiced their concerns about drinking water with her on the campaign trail, and she’s ready to work across the aisle to protect the resource and take action against PFAS contamination.

“I’m anxious to dig into that and get to work on finding some solutions” she said.

Brinks believes she will have an ally in Michigan Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer.

“I have no question that she knows it is a big emerging issue and we will not be able to ignore it. So, I’m eager to get to work and see what she’s got to say about it and find some partners in the Legislature,” Brinks said.

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