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Winnie is currently a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives, where she represents district 76 in Grand Rapids. She has served since 2013, and is now running for election in the Michigan State Senate.
She serves as the Michigan Democratic Caucus Policy Chair. In the Legislature, she is currently the Democratic Vice Chair of the House Health Policy Committee, and is a member of the House Military & Veterans Affairs, and Education Reform committees. She is also the former chair of the Progressive Women’s Caucus, a non-profit organization that addresses concerns about women’s health, pay equity, economic security and gender violence.
Before serving in elected office, Brinks worked as an executive at a non-profit. She and her husband Steve have raised three daughters in West Michigan.
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She’s well known in the Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Christian School Association where she got to know students on a personal level, empowering them as they built confidence and took on new challenges.
She’s worked with entrepreneurs and businesses to develop and retain employees, leveraging the best resources of nonprofits, businesses and government to help our community continue to prosper.
She’s led the charge in the Michigan State House of Representatives to lower the cost of health care while still ensuring top-notch care.
To flip the House, Democrats need to win 4 seats. Momentum is on our side: in 2018, Democrats broke a Republican supermajority in the Senate, gained 5 seats in the House, and broke a Republican trifecta by electing Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer. We can build on this energy to flip the House in 2020.
Flipping this chamber would finally give Governor Whitmer a partner in the legislature, which under GOP control has recalcitrantly refused to work with her to govern effectively.
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