From the Chair
You may remember that great TV show “The West Wing.” In it, President Bartlett was always focused on moving forward. He regularly made it clear he was ready for the next challenge with a simple phrase: “what’s next.”
Speaker Joe Tate is serving his third term and now represents the 10th House District, a diverse community that covers Detroit’s northeast side and the communities of the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe city, Grosse Pointe Park and part of Harper Woods.
Tate is Michigan’s first Black Speaker of the House, now holding the gavel and setting House priorities in a legislative term in which Democrats have the majority for the first time in over a decade. His policy priorities include uplifting Michigan families; protecting the rights of all people; ensuring workers are valued; and investing in a world-class education system, a strong infrastructure, and a thriving economy.
The Speaker decided to run for office as a part of his deep and lifelong commitment to public service. The value of service was taught to him by his parents — a teacher in the Detroit public school system and a Detroit firefighter. His life has been shaped by teamwork, commitment and community.
As a teenager, Tate earned a scholarship to play football at Michigan State University before joining the National Football League. After the NFL, he went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps, deploying twice to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
After an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he earned both an MBA and a master’s in environmental policy and planning from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Legislature, Tate helped small businesses grow their capacity as a program manager for the Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
In the News
- Michigan House Speaker Joe Tate: 2023 ‘the most productive year’ ever – Bridge Michigan
- Michigan Democrats laws take effect in 2024: Right-to-work, guns, more – Detroit Free Press
- Michigan Dems’ big year: Sweeping new laws, no vetoes and an early end – Bridge Michigan
- Frustrated by data breaches affecting millions in Michigan, Nessel urges companies be held responsible – mlive.com
- Great Lakes Compact at 15: How states worked prevented water diversions – Bridge Michigan
- Here’s a breakdown of Michigan’s big congressional races in ’24 – Detroit Free Press
- Majority of Michigan GOP district chairs ask Karamo to resign – abc12.com
- Michigan Republican Regrets Participation as Fake Trump Elector – The New York Times
- A Primer On 501(c)(4)’s, 527’s, LLC’s and Officeholder Expenses — Dome Guide
- Trump denies echoing Hitler on immigration. But it’s a pattern. – AP News
- Trump responds to News report on him pressuring Wayne Co. canvassers- Detroit News
- Trump: ‘Loser’ Dingell Should Have Been Nicer After Her Husband Died – Crooks and Liars
- Prosecutors seek to bar Trump from injecting politics into federal election interference trial – AP News
- Opinion | A Trump Conviction Could Cost Him Enough Voters to Tip the Election – The New York Times
National Politics and Policy
- Americans ramped up spending during the holidays – AP News
- Nikki Haley was asked what caused the Civil War. She left out slavery – AP News
- After Rise in Murders During the Pandemic, a Sharp Decline in 2023 – The New York Times
- Punishing their own but passing few laws, a Congress in chaos leaves much to do in 2024 – AP News
- GOP lawmakers ask Wisconsin Supreme Court to reconsider redistricting ruling, schedule for new maps – AP News
- Ohio Gov. DeWine vetoes ban on gender-affirming care, trans athletes in girls’ sports – AP News
- AP-NORC poll shows erosion of trust in election process – AP News
- Misinformation may get worse in 2024 election as safeguards erode – AP News