Winnie Brinks, a Democrat, is the Senate Majority Leader, the first woman to ever hold this position in the Michigan Senate. She is also the first woman to represent Grand Rapids in the Michigan Senate since Eva McCall Hamilton was elected in 1920.
Brinks graduated from Calvin College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a concentration in sociology. She and her husband Steve, a Spanish teacher, live in Grand Rapids and are the parents of three daughters, Olivia, Annalise, and Emma.
Before being elected to the state House, where she served two terms, Brinks was a caseworker at The Source, an organization helping businesses and nonprofits improve workplaces and retain employees. She also worked as the director of a community-based corrections agency and as a school paraprofessional.
In addition to protecting Michigan’s clean water, her policy passions include improving equity in maternal health care, reproductive rights, reducing prescription drug costs, and helping uplift local communities and organizations.