Legislative Spotlight: Q&A with Rep. Sarah Anthony

  State Rep. Sarah Anthony is serving her first full term representing the 68th House District, which encompasses part of the city of Lansing and Lansing Township. She currently serves as the Democratic Caucus Chair for the 2019-2020 session. In November 2018, Anthony was sworn into her partial term, making her the first African-American woman to serve in this capacity in Lansing’s history.

  Anthony was born and raised in Lansing and graduated from Everett High School on Lansing’s south side.  Following graduation, she attended Central Michigan University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and legal studies. Rep. Anthony also went on to earn a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University and was later named a fellow of the University of Michigan’s New Leadership Academy.

  After graduation, she immediately returned to Lansing to work for former State Rep. Joan Bauer. There, she served as a Legislative Assistant, working closely with Lansing residents to streamline government services and with neighborhoods to connect them to vital improvement services and funds. In 2010, Anthony began an eight-year service as Deputy Director with the Michigan College Access Network.

  In 2012, Lansing residents elected her to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, making her the youngest African American woman to serve in this capacity in the United States. During her time as a commissioner, Anthony served in many leadership positions, including chairing the Democratic Caucus and Finance Committee as well as serving as Chair and Vice Chair of the board. She has been a fearless leader for health care access, social justice, services for senior citizens and working families.

Anthony has worked every day to help solve problems for Lansing’s residents. She understands the challenges that so many small businesses, families and residents in the district face on a day-to-day basis, and is dedicated to representing their voice in government.

What IS your number one legislative priority?
My top priority is ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to pursue a postsecondary education or credential—no matter their race, zip code, or socioeconomic status. We have a responsibility to ensure our students and higher education institutions have the support and resources they need to succeed.

What IS the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is connecting with people in my district and bonding over our shared love for Lansing—whether that means attending neighborhood association meetings, honoring exemplary members of the community, or highlighting local businesses. 

What IS the best hidden gem in your district?
I’m really excited about the new Rotary Park on the Rivertrail. The beach and electric forest give the park a unique vibe, and it’s a great space to hang out Downtown with friends and family.

Who is your modern day hero?
Shirley Chisholm. I have one of her campaign posters hanging in my office to remind me to always stay true to my constituents and myself.