Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks

(D-Grand Rapids)
12 Years
Senate District 29
S-102 C
Official Website

Biographical Information

Born: February 17, 1968 in Mount Vernon, Washington
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Steve
Children: Olivia, Annalise, Emma
Education: Bachelor's degree in Spanish, Calvin College
Employment/Military Record: Executive director, One Way House, a community-based corrections agency; educator at Grand Rapids Christian Schools and Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, caseworker at The Source
Community Activities: I have volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity in the Grand Rapids area. I'm also active in my church.
Religion: Christian

Governmental Leadership (Elected or Appointed)

Senate Majority Leader (1/1/2023 - 12/31/2024)
Senate (1/1/2019 - 12/31/2026)
House (1/1/2013 - 12/31/2018)

Elections and Political Participation

Michigan Senate 29th District 2022
General Vote: 59,407 of 98,522 (60%)
Primary Vote: 22,147 of 22,147 (100%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: AFL-CIO Michigan; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25; American Federation of Teachers Michigan; Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce PAC; Michigan Association for Justice; Michigan Education Association PAC; Michigan League of Conservation Voters (primary); Michigan Nurses Association (primary); Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights; Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan

Michigan Senate 29th District 2018
General Vote: 70,715 of 124,225 (56%)
Primary Vote: 32,882 of 32,882 (100%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, AFSCME Council 25, UAW, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan Association for Justice, Sierra Club, American Federation of Teachers-Michigan, Michigan League of Conservation Voters (general election), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (general election)

Michigan House 76th District 2016
General Vote: 27,046 of 47,680 (56%)
Primary Vote: 4,390 of 4,390 (100%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan; MI Women Win, AFSCME, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce PAC, Michigan AFL-CIO, the County Road Association of Michigan RUSH-PAC, United Auto Workers, Michigan Agri-Business Association AGRI-BIZ PAC, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, MiBank PAC

Michigan House 76th District 2014
General Vote: 15,804 of 30,315 (52%)
Primary Vote: 3,918 of 3,918 (100%)
Campaign Finance Reports
Endorsements: Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Michigan Townships Association, Sierra Club of Michigan, Michigan Nurses Association, AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers-Michigan, AFSCME Council 25, Michigan Bankers Association PAC

Michigan House 76th District 2012
General Vote: 23,530 of 50,680 (46%)
Primary Vote: 2,652 of 2,652 (100%)
Campaign Finance Reports

Political Activities: Chair, East Grand Rapids Parent-Teacher-Student Association's Legislative Committee, 2005-2010

Committee Assignments
Legislative Council
Majority Leader
Key Legislative Staff
Kathleen Farhat, Chief of Staff
Nancy Green, Deputy Chief of Staff
Bri Egan, Legislative Director
Kathryn Kooyman, District Director
Ashly Banta, Director of Operations and Scheduling
Rosie Jones, Deputy Chief of Staff/Press Secretary
Emma White, Deputy District Director
Teresa Cuellar, Senior Executive Assistant
DeKeea Quinney-Davis, Legislative Assistant
Samuel Nelson, Legislative Aide

Sponsored Legislation
SR 11
Standing Rules
SR 12
Standing Rules
SR 66
Month Designation
SR 87
Senate Standing Rules
SR 100
Commemorative Anniversary
SCR 10
Commemorative Anniversary
SCR 12
Tribute - Doug Cruce
SCR 16
Tribute - Michael L. Green
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