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Governor Announces Supreme Court Appointment

Nov 22, 2022

Representative Kyra Harris Bolden will be the next Michigan Supreme Court Justice, following an appointment by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the bench. Her term will begin in January 2023, succeeding Justice Bridget Mary McCormack who announced her retirement from the Court. She will be the first Black woman to serve on the high court and is the governor’s first appointment to the Supreme Court.

Earlier this month she ran for one of the two positions on the Michigan Supreme Court that were up for election this year. However, she came in a close third to the two incumbent Justices, receiving 21.91% of the vote to Justice Richard Bernstein’s 33.90% and Justice Brian Zahra’s 23.84%.

Representative Bolden has served in the House since January 2019. Prior to her election, she was a civil litigation attorney and a staff attorney for Judge John A. Murphy in the 3rd Circuit Court of Wayne County. Additionally, she worked as a court-appointed criminal defense attorney in the 46th District Court of Southfield. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Valley State University.

Her appointment will serve a partial term expiring on January 1, 2025. If she wishes to complete the remainder of Justice McCormack’s term, which expires on January 1, 2029, she will be required to run for re-election in November 2024.

Judicial appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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