<![CDATA[Rep. LaTanya Garretts' Site Feed]]> http://007.housedems.com <![CDATA[Working at the Capital]]> http://007.housedems.com/multimedia/galleries/working-at-the-capital <![CDATA[Reps. Byrd, Durhal, Garrett, Gay-Dagnogo and Love Sworn In]]> http://007.housedems.com/news/article/reps-byrd-durhal-garrett-gay-dagnogo-and-love-sworn-in <p>LANSING – State Representatives Wendell Byrd (D-Detroit), Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit), LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit), Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) and Leslie Love (D-Detroit) took the oath of office today, beginning their first terms in the Michigan House of Representatives.</p> <p>Byrd is starting his first term serving the constituents of Michigan’s 3rd House District, which comprises a portion of northern Detroit. He previously served as the comptroller for the city of Ecorse and recently owned a small accounting business.</p> <p>&#8220;I am excited to start serving my constituents,” said Byrd. “Over these next two years, I will be relentless in fighting for stronger schools, safer neighborhoods and better economic opportunity for the city of Detroit and the entire state.&#8221;</p> <p>.Durhal III succeeds his father, Fred Durhal Jr., representing the 5th House District, which encompasses central Detroit, the lower westside of Detroit and southwest Detroit. He previously ran a childhood literacy program in northwest Detroit, and worked with his father while he served in the Legislature.</p> <p>“After working for years to improve childhood literacy, clear blight and protect civil rights, I am excited to continue my service as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives,” said Rep. Durhal III. “I hope to work with my fellow members to fight for good jobs, stronger economic growth, with clean and safe neighborhoods to raise families which will ensure a stronger Detroit and Michigan.”</p> <p>Garrett starts her first term representing the 7th House District, which encompasses a portion of northwest Detroit and the city of Highland Park. Like Durhal, she continues a family legacy of public service. She previously worked as a first responder.</p> <p>“As a small-business owner and former first responder, I hope to be a voice for economic empowerment and better resources for public safety, because a strong economy starts with a safe community and a healthy middle class,” Garrett said. “I am excited to begin my term of service to work toward better priorities for Detroit and our state.”</p> <p>Gay-Dagnogo starts her first term as representative for the 8th District, which encompasses northwest Detroit, including the Brightmoor and the Grandmont-Rosedale communities. A former Detroit Public Schools science teacher, she hopes to foster discussion and build partnerships around better education systems, job creation and a stronger quality of life.</p> <p>“I have seen the struggles students in Detroit Public Schools are facing,” said Gay-Dagnogo. “In order to move forward, we in the Legislature need to find common ground as to how to strengthen public education.”</p> <p>Love begins her first term as representative for the 10th District, serving another portion of northwest Detroit and Redford Township. Previously, she was an adjunct professor for Wayne County Community College and Marygrove College, as well as a community activist.</p> <p>“I will be a voice for community investment,” said Rep. Love. “Before serving in the Legislature, I was a community activist who helped our area receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for metro Detroit. I have seen firsthand what happens when we give resources to our neighborhoods and the working class. We see real growth.”</p>