LANSING, Mich. — Rep. Joe Tate was chosen as the Michigan House’s next Speaker, becoming the first Black representative to take on the role and the first Democratic Speaker in a decade.
Tate, who represents the Detroit area, also serves as the first Black leader in either of Michigan's legislative chambers.
“I am proud to serve alongside my esteemed colleagues as Speaker of the House,” said Tate. “Together, we will shape sound policy that positively impacts our state and generates opportunities for all Michiganders to reach their full potential. I am confident that we are destined to do great works in the days before us.”
State Rep. Joe Tate is in his second term representing Michigan’s 2nd House District.
He is a part of various committees including appropriations, military and veterans affairs and state police, and health and human services, among others.
Michigan leaders in Lansing also made history Thursday by unanimously electing Winnie Brinks, of Grand Rapids, as the state's next Senate Majority Leader.