Brenda Lawrence has served as Mayor of Southfield, Michigan since 2001. She is the first woman and the first African-American to hold that post. A Detroit native, Lawrence worked for the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years. From 1992 to 2001, she served on the Southfield Board of Education and the Southfield City Council. In 2010, Lawrence made history as the first African-American woman to be a major party nominee for Lt. Governor of Michigan.
As Mayor, Lawrence led an aggressive push to increase renewable energy. Under her leadership, Southfield was the first jurisdiction in Michigan to create a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district in partnership with Lean & Green Michigan, a public-private partnership to create good jobs and improve the environment.
In Congress, Lawrence’s top priorities include protecting the Great Lakes and she will stand up to polluter-backed attempts to undermine our nation’s landmark environmental laws.
Lawrence joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of Representative Gary Peters, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014 and has a lifetime score of 89% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2013.
In her own words:
“In Michigan, our environment is a quality of life issue and an economic engine. Our freshwater is critical to our region’s success. We need a fighter to protect our Great Lakes. Any efforts to weaken the Clean Water Act or Clean Air Act will be met with my firm resistance.”