Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will nominate state Rep. Kira Harris Bolden to the Michigan Supreme Court, she announced Tuesday.

Bolden will become the first black woman to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court.

“For years, the experience and perspective of a black woman has been absent from our state’s highest court,” she said at an event in Lansing on Tuesday. “To the countless black women on whose shoulders I stand, who, like my mother and grandmother, instill in our community the basic responsibilities of honesty, compassion and justice, I promise that I will cherish our experience from this new position.”

Bolden, 34, replaces retiring former Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, who announced in September that she would retire from the court at the end of her current term on the Michigan Supreme Court. Bolden will join the court early next year.

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