Meet Sarah

Fighting for Michigan's Future

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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 & Interim 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 our district face on a day-to-day basis, and is dedicated to representing their voice in government.

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​Some notable accomplishments during my first term as State Representative:

  • Named 2019- 2020 House Democratic Caucus Chair 

  • Appointed to the influential House Appropriations Committee, including serving as Democratic Vice Chair of the Higher Education and Community Colleges Subcommittee, as well as a member of the Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Agency and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services, and the Subcommittee on Corrections 

  • Served as member of the Michigan Legislative Labor Caucus, Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, Progressive Women's Caucus, and the Criminal Justice Reform Caucus

  • Worked closely with labor, business, and education leaders to pass the bipartisan “Michigan Reconnect Program” geared towards connecting disconnected workers with associate degrees and skilled trade certifications

  • Championed legislation for working families, environmental protections, worker’s rights, and education; introduced 25 bills in the 2019-2020 legislative session

  • Introduced 5 Resolutions to amplify Lansing’s community values of diversity, social and economic equality, and good citizenship

  • Spearheaded an 8 bill bi-partisan package establishing legal protections for elder adults, legislation that passed through the House with overwhelming support

  • Fought for provisions in the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget to support public transportation, reduce barriers to higher education for formerly incarcerated individuals, and fund important public safety measures throughout Mid-Michigan

  • Helped lead Caucus-driven response to the Governor’s 2020 State of the State Address and worked to create an environment where stakeholders and friends of the Caucus were included and valued in the process

  • negotiated on behalf of state employees in the 2019 budget process and successfully avoided a near-government shutdown

  • Led the Democratic Caucus efforts to ban open carry in the state Capitol building and introduced a resolution urging the federal government to classify domestic terrorism as a crime