Michigan's 100th legislature gains women, scientists

By Catherine Shaffer, Michigan Radio

Women and scientists are making gains in the Michigan legislature in the new session starting January 1. Women are going from 34 seats to 42 in the House of Representatives. In the Senate, women gain seven seats, going from four to eleven. Each chamber is picking up at least three new members with a science, medical, or engineering background.

Laurie Pohutsky is a microbiologist and the incoming Democratic representative from Livonia. She says her science knowledge will inform her work on issues like the environment and women's health.


Other new members of the House and Senate whose biographies list a science- or technology-related background include Representative-elect Padma Kuppa (D-Troy), Senator-elect Rosemary Bayer (D-Pontiac), Senator-elect John Bizon (R-Battle Creek), and Senator-elect Lana Theis (R-Brighton). 

Kuppa has a degree in mechanical engineering. Bayer is a computer engineer and co-founder of ardentCause L3C, a database technology company. Bizon is an ear, nose, and throat doctor. And Theis has a bachelor's degree in biology.

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