Whitmer tabs Kyra Harris Bolden for Michigan Supreme Court vacancy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will appoint state Rep. Kyra Harris Bolden to the Michigan Supreme Court, she announced Tuesday.

Bolden will be the first Black woman to serve as a Michigan Supreme Court justice.

“For years, a Black woman’s experiences and perspective have been absent from our state’s highest court,” she said at an event in Lansing on Tuesday. “To the countless Black women upon whose shoulders I stand, who, like my own mother and grandmother, instill in our community the core responsibilities of honesty, empathy and justice, I promise that I will honor our experience from this new vantage point.”

Bolden, 34, replaces retiring former Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, who announced in September she would retire from the court at the end of the current Michigan Supreme Court term. Bolden will join the court at the start of next year.

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