State Rep. Isaac Robinson has died. A Democrat, Robinson represented Michigan's 4th district, which included Hamtramck and parts of Detroit. He was elected in 2018, succeeding his mother in office.
His mother, former Rep. Mary Rose Robinson, told 7 Action News and Crains that Robinson went to the hospital on Sunday morning after experiencing trouble breathing the last couple of days, and died later in the day. She said he had not been tested for COVID-19. The official cause of death has not yet been released.
“Rep. Isaac Robinson had a huge heart, a quick wit, and a genuine passion for the people," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer in a statement late Sunday night. "I am very sad to hear of his passing. He was a fierce advocate for Detroiters and people across Southeast Michigan. He dedicated his career to ensuring justice and security for those he served, and the impact he had on his community will continue to be felt for years to come."
Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO, issued a statement as well, saying "Isaac was an incredible spirit, a fighter for working people, and a lifelong champion of the City of Detroit. He was also a good friend with a big heart. I am shocked and saddened to hear that he's passed. Last time we talked, he was working to make sure we took care of workers who were affected by this awful coronavirus pandemic. His impact will resonate in his community and around our state years from now."