Lawrence chosen as senior whip, Moss elected as assistant Democratic floor leader


It hasn’t been long since former City Councilman Jeremy Moss and former Mayor Brenda Lawrence said goodbye to their positions with the city of Southfield, but both are raking in accolades as they begin their new positions.

In November, Democrat Lawrence was elected to U.S. House District 14 to replace Gary Peters, and Democrat Moss was elected to state House District 35. Both resigned from their positions in December and were sworn into office in January.

In early January, Lawrence was tapped to serve as senior whip.

Lawrence said her position is two-fold — the first part is to review Democratic party policies, and the second is to create an attack plan on how to “whip” the issue and move it forward to a vote.

“I was honored to be given that responsibility, and to me, it’s extremely empowering because I’m at the table at the beginning of the issues, drilling down how this will impact the American people and how it will go with our Democratic policy,” Lawrence said.

In an earlier report, Lawrence stated that her priorities in office will be funding educational programs; defending Medicare, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act; and ending gun violence.

Lawrence will be representing half of the city of Detroit as well as Farmington Hills, the Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Keego Harbor, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Orchard Lake, Pontiac, Royal Oak Township, Southfield, Sylvan Lake and West Bloomfield through a two-year term.

Moss has also been chosen for a leadership position, being named assistant Democratic floor leader in the House of Representatives.

To put it simply, Moss said, the position means making sure rules are properly applied. Moss will be working under Floor Leader Sam Singh.

Moss said the position is familiar to him, as former Rep. Rudy Hobbs held the same position and later went on to be floor leader. Moss worked as Hobbs’ campaign manager and district director.

“It’s definitely an honor to be a freshman, coming into the House in a leadership position,” Moss said.

In an earlier report, Moss stated that his priorities in office will be protecting the middle class, funding schools and fixing roads. Moss will serve a two-year term.