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Whitmer names Bolden to fill Michigan Supreme Court

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer will name state Representative Kyra Harris Bolden to the Michigan Supreme Court early next year. She will replace departing Justice Bridget Mary McCormack.

Bolden cannot be formally appointed until her state House term expires on December 31st. Bolden will then have to run in the 2024 election to finish the current court term. She can also run again in 2028 for a full eight-year term.

The announcement took place at the Michigan Hall of Justice. Whitmer said Bolden’s appointment is groundbreaking and overdue.

“185 years we’ve never had an African-American woman on the state’s highest court. It’s about damn time.”

Bolden said her interest in the law stems from her family history and a great-grandfather who was lynched in Tennessee at a young age.

“My commitment to the pursuit of justice is inherent in me and my family because we know injustice.”

Bolden cannot be formally appointed until her state House term expires on December 31st. Bolden will then have to run in the 2024 election to finish the current court term. She can also run again in 2028 for a full eight-year term.

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