A Black woman will serve on the Michigan Supreme Court for the first time in the state’s history.
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday the appointment of Kyra Harris Bolden to complete Justice Bridget Mary McCormack’s term, who revealed her plans to retire back in September.
Today, I have the distinct honor of announcing my intention to appoint @KyraHBolden to the Michigan Supreme Court.
She is the right Michigander with the right experience for the job. Here’s why ⬇️
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) November 22, 2022
Bolden currently represents Michigan’s 35th District in the State House, being elected in 2018. She ran for one of two Supreme Court seats in November’s general election but fell short of being voted in. The 34-year-old will sit on the court through 2024, when she will have to run for re-election.
“I am incredibly honored to be chosen by Governor Whitmer for this appointment to the Michigan Supreme Court,” Bolden told the Detroit Free Press. “I will ensure equal access to justice, apply the law without fear or favor, and treat all who come before our state’s highest court with dignity and respect.”
Bolden is Governor Whitmer’s first appointment to the state’s highest court.
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