Winnie Brinks

Democrat for MI-State Senate, 29

Top issues: Educational and economic opportunity for all, Clean water, Better-paying jobs, Fixing our roads

Current elected office: Representative from the 76th legislative district

Profession: Nonprofit professional

Professional Background: Executive Director of a community based corrections agency; Paraprofessional working with English language learners and other elementary students; Caseworker at workforce development agency, The Source.

Education: BA, Spanish, Calvin College

Did you know?

In 2013, Winnie became the first woman from Grand Rapids to represent the city in the Michigan House of Representatives and, if elected, would will be the first woman to serve the city in the state Senate in nearly 100 years.