Detroit Evening Report: First Black Speaker of the House Elected by Michigan Democrats

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New Speaker of the House in Michigan

Democrat Joe Tate has been selected as the next Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives.

Tate represents Detroit’s Lower Eastside and Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe City and Grosse Pointe Farms. Tate is a former professional football player, former Detroit public school teacher and a former firefighter.

He is serving his second term in the House. He is the state’s first Black Speaker of the House. Democrat Winnie Brinks of Grand Rapids will be the first woman to serve as the senate majority leader. Senator Aric Nesbitt of Lawton and Representative Matt Hall of Marshall will lead the Republican minority in each chamber. 

Other headlines for November 11, 2022:

  • Four Eastpointe residents say the mayor of the city is abusing her power and silencing her critics.
  • Detroit natives Allen and Albert Hughes will direct a biopic about Snoop Dog.
  • Wayne State University says it will close the Hilberry Theater at the end of this month.
  • Many City of Detroit offices were closed today in observance of Veterans Day. The city’s official Veteran’s Day parade took place on Sunday.

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  • Sascha Raiyn

    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.