Who Is Kyra Harris Bolden? First Black Woman Judge to Serve on Michigan Supreme Court

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A state lawmaker and former civil attorney has made history as the first Black woman judge to be appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court. Kyra Harris Bolden, a Democratic House representative for Michigan’s 35th district, will be appointed to the bench in the state’s highest court in January. It is Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first Supreme Court appointment since taking office in 2019. Bolden will replace Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, who will retire at the end of the year. Michigan Rep. Kyra Harris Bolden has been appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court. (Photo: Twitter/Kyra Harris Bolden) “Kyra brings a perspective, and an aptitude, a temperament and an unwavering commitment to the law to the bench. And I think that she will make us all very proud here in Michigan,” Whitmer said at a press conference announcing Bolden’s appointment late last month. Bolden will serve part of McCormack’s eight-year term until Jan. 1, 2025. After that, she would have to run for reelection in November 2024 to complete the remainder, which expires on Jan. 1, 2029. The announcement comes on the heels of Bolden’s unsuccessful election bid for the court in November. She was defeated by Democrat incumbent Justice Richard Bernstein and...