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Cynthia Neeley’s win helps House Dems achieve gender parity

By: - March 11, 2020 1:23 pm

House Democrats support equal pay, May 22, 2019 | House Democrats photo

Flint Democrat Cynthia Neeley became Michigan’s newest state representative Tuesday and will fill the 34th House District seat.

That seat was previously held by her husband, former state Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), who resigned after being elected to serve as Flint’s mayor last fall.

Now-Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley and Cynthia Neeley | House Democrats photo

Cynthia Neeley’s victory in the special general election helped the Michigan House Democratic caucus achieve gender parity — an equal number of men and women. The Michigan House Democratic caucus is now made up of 26 women and 26 men.

As previously reported by the Advance, Michigan was the sixth-best state in the nation for women in office, according to the 2019 Gender Parity Index from the Takoma Park, Md.-based group RepresentWomen.

House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) congratulated Neeley on her victory.

“The residents of Flint have chosen a dedicated advocate who will diligently work to improve their quality of life,” said Greig.

State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing) also pointed out on Twitter that the Michigan House Democratic caucus became the second 50% female caucus in Michigan history, adding that the Michigan Senate Democratic caucus did so in 2019 with eight women and eight men.

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Madeline Ciak
Madeline Ciak

Madeline Ciak is a former Michigan Advance reporter. She’s a University of Michigan-Flint graduate and previously worked as a digital media manager at NBC25/FOX66 in Flint and a weekend producer at ABC12.