Detroit Evening Report: Whitmer taps Kyra Harris Bolden to fill Michigan Supreme Court vacancy

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Democratic Michigan Supreme Court candidate Kyra Harris Bolden making her way on stage at the Michigan Democratic election night watch party at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit on Nov. 8, 2022.

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.

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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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.