Senate adopts ‘Women in Public Office Day’ resolution

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate on Tuesday approved a resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker designating March 19, 2018 as Women in Public Office Day in Michigan.

“Unfortunately, history has shown that women are traditionally underrepresented in the realm of public office,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “These numbers have steadily increased in recent years with 2018 being a major breakout year. In 2018 we saw a record number of women pursuing elected office, and I hope to see that trend continue.”

Schuitmaker joined Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, in introducing Senate Resolution 140. Schuitmaker, who is only the second woman in the state’s history to serve as president pro tempore of the Senate, said she hopes this will encourage more women to run for office.

“Since the 1970s, the number of women serving in state legislatures across the United States has increased drastically,” Schuitmaker said. “Michigan’s female legislators bring a unique perspective to the state Legislature — and we have championed numerous legislative efforts that may have otherwise not been considered. I hope that more young women consider public office as they move into their professional careers.”