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Meet Detroit’s Newest Lawmakers

January 30, 2019
Following the midterm election in November, the newest crop of Detroit legislators is poised to take office on Jan. 1. As Detroit looks to continue the economic momentum it has enjoyed in recent years, these lawmakers have vowed to work across the aisle on key issues for businesses and residents including automotive insurance reform, education reform, and improving reliable transit options for all.








Marshall Bullock

Detroit native Marshall Bullock is the incoming state senator for Michigan’s 4th District. Prior to being elected, Bullock served four years as a district manager for the Department of Neighborhoods under Mayor Mike Duggan. While working for the administration, Bullock collaborated with residents and business owners to combat blight and build stronger neighborhoods in Detroit. Bullock has pledged to bring creative ideas and solutions with him when he heads to Lansing and cites automotive insurance reform as a top priority along with efforts to attract new residents and economic investment to the Detroit area.

Tyrone Carter

Tyrone Carter is the incoming state representative for Michigan’s 6th District. Carter is a Detroit native and Southwestern High School graduate, as well as a graduate of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Academy, Michigan Political Leadership Program, and the FBI National Academy. Since retiring from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in 2008, Carter has mentored young Detroiters and served as the president of the Original United Citizens of Southwest Detroit. Carter has said reforming automotive insurance is his top legislative priority.

Adam Hollier

Adam Hollier is the incoming state senator for Michigan’s 2nd District. Hollier received his undergraduate degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. After graduation, Hollier enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was commissioned as 1st lieutenant. Hollier served as the chief of staff for state Sen. Buzz Johnson from 2009 to 2012 and was later appointed to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s administration, where he shepherded the creation of the Public Lighting Authority. Hollier has pledged to bring high-quality education to Michigan and work with the business community to create jobs and get more residents working.

Joe Tate

Joe Tate is the incoming state representative for Michigan’s 2nd District encompassing Detroit and Grosse Pointe. Tate supports bringing comprehensive and cost-effective public transportation to Detroit. After graduating from Michigan State University, where he was a three-year starter for the Spartan football team, Tate spent two years in the NFL before commissioning as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served two tours of active duty in Afghanistan. Upon his honorable discharge, Tate came back to Detroit, working with Downtown Detroit Partnership. Continuing Detroit’s economic development and ensuring that more citizens have access to high-quality jobs are top priorities.

Karen Whitsett

Karen Whitsett is the incoming state representative for Michigan’s 9th District in Detroit. Whitsett has identified her top legislative priorities as automotive insurance reform and improving public education in urban communities. She has pledged to use her business background to help entrepreneurs and small businesses secure resources to develop the Detroit community. Prior to being elected, Whitsett ran a pest control business out of her home for 10 years and served in various roles as a community organizer and activist.

Tenisha Yancey

Tenisha Yancey serves as state representative for Michigan’s 1st District encompassing portions of Detroit, Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods. Yancey was first elected in a 2017 special election before being re-elected in 2018. She is a strong proponent of K-12 education and supports increased funding to public schools. Yancey has also voiced support for infrastructure investment as a means of boosting Michigan’s businesses, automotive industry and economy. Prior to being elected, Yancey served as an assistant prosecutor in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.