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New congresswomen from Michigan start term in D.C.

Elissa Slotkin
Cheyna Roth

There are now a record number of women in Congress, and several of them are from Michigan.  

Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) now represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. She’s one of dozens of new women – including women of color – starting their terms. Slotkin says they’re changing the look of Congress.

“I mean, I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been walking down the hall and someone thinks that I’m a staffer to a member of Congress,” she says.

She says Congress will now act differently too.

“A group of us were elected with a mandate to change. That the status quo of the Congress is not what we intend on preserving. And that makes for a great activist class and women are leading that fight, for sure,” she says.

Representatives Haley Stevens and Rashida Tlaib were also sworn in during a ceremony in D.C. They join fellow congresswomen Debbie Dingell and Brenda Lawrence of Michigan.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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