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Sarah Anthony was sworn into the Michigan House of Representatives as state representative for the 68th House District in November of 2018, making her the first African American woman to serve in this capacity in Lansing’s history.

Rep. 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 Representative Joan Bauer (D-Lansing). 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 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, Rep. 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.

Rep. 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.