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Michigan State Sen. Sarah Anthony Nominated for EMILYs List’s Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award

March 13, 2024


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced that Michigan state Sen. Sarah Anthony is a nominee for the 2024 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award. EMILYs List President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:  

“State Sen. Sarah Anthony is a history making powerhouse forging new paths for women in Michigan. She is the first Black woman in Michigan ever elected to both chambers of the state legislature, the first Black woman to chair Michigan Appropriations Committee, and the youngest Black woman to serve on a county commission in the entire United States. In all of these roles, she has delivered results for her community; championing public education, promoting consumer safety, supporting small businesses, and playing a critical role in protecting and expanding reproductive freedom. EMILYs List has been proud to stand by Anthony over the course of her career, and we are honored to nominate her for this award today. ”

Sarah Anthony is a Michigan state senator who ran for office to fight for equity and opportunity for all Michiganders. Anthony is a native of Michigan’s capital city who graduated from Lansing Public Schools and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from public Michigan universities. She returned to her hometown to work on various progressive campaigns, serving as a community organizer and eventually as a legislative staffer in the Michigan Legislature. She has been a groundbreaker throughout her career, becoming the youngest Black woman to serve on a county commission in the United States, the first Black woman to serve as mid-Michigan’s state representative and state senator, and the first Black woman to lead the powerful state Senate Appropriations Committee. She is known as a fierce advocate for women and girls, leading legislation to end child marriage in Michigan and codify rights for reproductive health care, as well as passing the Michigan CROWN Act, which ends hair discrimination in the Great Lakes State. Anthony was endorsed by EMILYs List in 2018 and 2022.

Named in honor of the dedicated and courageous Gabrielle Giffords, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office. The award honors a woman who demonstrates the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ career, in and out of office. Previous Rising Star Award recipients include: former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams in 2014; former Boston City Councilwoman, U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley in 2015; former Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran in 2016; former Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym in 2017; Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in 2018; California Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo in 2019; former Ohio House Minority Leader, U.S. Rep. Emilia Sykes in 2020; Harris County, Texas Judge Lina Hidalgo in 2021; former Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen in 2022; and Florida House Minority Leader Fentrice Driskell in 2023. 

The Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award winner will be chosen with community input. Online voting will open on Friday, March 15 and can be found here

Sarah Anthony is nominated alongside:

Laura Terech, Arizona state representative

Nabilah Islam Parkes, Georgia state senator

Selena Torres, Nevada state assemblymember

La’Tasha D. Mayes, Pennsylvania state representative

Laschrecse Aird, Virginia state senator

Greta Neubauer, Wisconsin Assembly minority leader

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.