Whitmer appoints first Black woman to Michigan's top court
November 22, 2022
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed state lawmaker Kyra Harris Bolden to the Michigan Supreme Court on Tuesday, making her the first Black woman on the high court when she assumes the role in 2023. Bolden is Whitmer’s choice to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Justice Bridget McCormack. Bolden is a state lawmaker from the Detroit area who has been a licensed lawyer for only eight years. Bolden was a Democratic nominee for the Supreme Court in the Nov. 8 election but finished third in a race for two seats. The 34-year-old Bolden will join the court in January after her House term expires. McCormack said in September that she was stepping down with six years left in her Supreme Court term.