LANSING — The Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus on Nov. 6 elected State Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) to serve as its next leader and State Senator Morris Hood III (D-Detroit) to serve as Floor Leader, according to press release. Their leadership terms will begin when the members elected to office in the Nov. 4 election are sworn in next January.
“Our focus will be getting results on the issues that matter to people’s daily lives,” said Ananich. “We’ll use the the talents and hard work of every caucus member to be a strong voice for a better economy, stronger schools, and equality for everyone.”
Ananich is finishing the partial term he began after winning a special election last year. He was just reelected to serve his first full four year term. A former public school teacher, he has been a champion for college affordability, health care access, and public safety issues such as blight and scrap metal theft. He currently serves as the Democratic Ranking Member of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, and as a member of the Health Policy, Economic Development, and Transportation Committees.
“Voters clearly want us to get things done and Senate Democrats look forward to being a part of that effort,” said Hood.
“We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work making a difference for the people who sent us here to represent them.”
Hood was overwhelmingly elected to his second and final term earlier this week. His family has a proud history of public service and he himself began his career working on the assembly line at the Dearborn Engine Plant. Since joining the Senate, he has served as the Democratic Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee, Capital Outlay Committee, and Infrastructure and Modernization Committees. He is also a member of the Natural Resources, Environment, and Great Lakes Committee, Appropriations Committee, and the Higher Education Subcommittee.