U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence represents Michigan’s 14th Congressional District including cities in both Oakland and Wayne Counties such as the Grosse Pointes, Pontiac, Southfield and a large section of Detroit.
Representative Lawrence, a Detroit native, was first elected to the United States Congress in November 2014 and elected for her third term in 2018. She currently sits on the U.S. House on Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Reform. Appropriations is responsible for funding the federal government’s many agencies while Oversight works to assure that the Executive branch of government is held accountable.
Prior to serving in Congress, Representative Lawrence spent 14 years as Mayor of the city of Southfield, Michigan. She was the first woman and the first African-American to serve in that position. The Congresswoman is also a former member of the Southfield City Council and the Southfield Public School Board.
Representative Lawrence is a graduate of Detroit’s Pershing High School and earned her Bachelors’ degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. She resides in Southfield with her husband McArthur and they are the proud parents of Michael and Michelle, and they have a granddaughter, Asya.