When the Michigan House of Representatives convenes in January 2017, state Representative Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) will be the next minority floor leader for the House Democratic Caucus.
Last Thursday evening, 16 newly elected democrats met with 31 returning incumbents to determine the top two leadership positions for their caucus. Greig was voted to fill the position after the current Democratic Floor Leader, Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing), was elected the next House Democratic Leader.
“I’m very honored to lead my caucus in this capacity,” said Greig, who currently serves as an assistant floor leader in her first term. “I will use my position as House Democratic Floor Leader as an opportunity to set the tone for what kind of working relationship our caucus will have with the majority caucus moving forward. It is my goal to ensure that relationship is constructive and respectful.”
The primary responsibility of the minority floor leader is to manage and schedule the session floor activity and legislative business of its caucus. In contrast to Tuesday’s election results, revealing a nation deeply divided over its presidential pick, Michigan’s voters elected a new state House comprising the same 63-to-47 Republican-led margin as the current one.
Greig is also preparing for her second term representing the residents of the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills in the 37th House District.
“Michigan’s citizens expect us to work productively to find real solutions that will strengthen our schools, create jobs that grow our economy and support our townships and cities to provide infrastructure and services to our communities,” Greig said. “It is my intent to speak to these values when working with the majority, and to do so in a way that promotes open communication and builds consensus.”
Greig and her colleagues will be sworn into the new legislative session on January 11, which also happens to be the legislator’s birthday.