<![CDATA[Rep. Erika Geisss' Site Feed]]> http://012.housedems.com <![CDATA[Progressive Women’s Caucus Names its 2015-16 Leadership]]> http://012.housedems.com/news/article/progressive-women-s-caucus-names-its-2015-16-leadership <p>LANSING – State Rep. <strong>Winnie Brinks</strong> (D-Grand Rapids) has been elected to serve as chairwoman of the Progressive Women’s Caucus, a group of Lansing legislators committed to fighting for equal pay, women’s access to health care and other critical issues affecting women and their families. Other leaders elected include Vice Chairwoman Rep. <strong>Christine Greig</strong> (D-Farmington Hills), Secretary Rep. <strong>Erika Geiss</strong> (D-Taylor) and Treasurer Rep. <strong>Vanessa Guerra</strong> (D-Saginaw).</p> <p>“As women in the legislature, it’s important for us to keep in mind the impact of proposed policies on women and families, and to ensure that our voices are heard in the legislative process,” Brinks said. “The Progressive Women’s Caucus can be a valuable resource to its members by providing support and valuable knowledge to our newly elected members. It’s critical that we impact what happens in our state’s Legislature so that women’s perspectives are not overlooked, despite the fact that we are underrepresented. I look forward to leading this very impressive group of women as we move forward.”</p> <p>The Progressive Women’s Caucus will be instrumental in advancing legislation that will close the wage gap, ensure women can affordably address all their health care needs and help their families achieve financial security. The PWC includes Democratic women legislators in the House and Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor).</p> <p>“The Progressive Women’s Caucus works for legislation that is important not only to women, but to their husbands, sons, fathers and brothers,” Greig said. “When a woman is prevented from earning her worth, or kept from getting critically important cancer screenings that can save her life, it affects her entire family. I’m proud to be working with other women legislators on policies that will benefit not just women, but all Michiganders.”</p> <p>Women’s ability to access health care has been under attack in recent years. New, highly restrictive laws have placed undue burdens on the women’s health care centers that many lower-income women rely on to get cancer screenings, and a new state law requires women to purchase additional health insurance in order to cover medical care following a miscarriage.</p> <p>“A democracy functions best when laws treat all individuals fairly and equally, and yet many groups within our democratic citizenry have unique needs and concerns that also deserve attention,” Geiss said. “Issues surrounding women’s health, neonatal and infant health, or those relating to a mother’s ability to feed and care for an infant without restriction or inhibition impact the overall health and well-being of our communities and our economy. These issues should be among the primary concerns of all legislators of both genders.”</p> <p>Republicans also blocked legislation introduced in the previous session that would address the persistent wage gap between men and women. In Michigan, women earn 74 cents to each dollar earned by men, which is worse than the national wage gap of 77 percent.</p> <p>“People overwhelmingly support the idea of equal pay for equal work, and yet Republicans in Michigan have put up roadblocks to keep this from becoming a reality,” Guerra said. “Women – and the families who depend on them – simply want a fair deal in the workplace. I’m proud to work with my colleagues in the Progressive Women’s Caucus to make this a reality in Michigan.”</p> <p><img src="https://mihousedemsblog.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/womens-caucus1-e1422378549246.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p> <![CDATA[Statement from state Representative Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address:]]> http://012.housedems.com/news/article/statement-from-state-representative-erika-geiss-d-taylor-in-response-to-gov-rick-snyder-s-state-of-the-state-address <p>“I appreciate the governor’s commitment and plans for the continued revitalization of our great state, and I look forward to working with him in the coming years to accomplish many of his goals. We have a well-intentioned governor; however, I’m concerned that the corporate fixation he has demonstrated in the past continues to skew his objectives and policies in a way that is leaving too many individuals and families out of any improvement or recovery. True revitalization must include all Michigan residents — not just the corporate elite — if it is to last. Investment in education, the arts and stronger communities and urban cores, along with an environment of social inclusiveness, are the keys to economic growth — not corporate tax giveaways.”</p> <![CDATA[State Rep. Erika Geiss Takes Oath of Office at State Capitol]]> http://012.housedems.com/news/article/state-rep-erika-geiss-takes-oath-of-office-at-state-capitol <p>LANSING – State Representative Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) was sworn into office on Wednesday at the state Capitol with other members of the 98th Michigan Legislature. The first-term representative will represent House District 12, which comprises Romulus, Taylor and part of Van Buren Township.</p> <p>“I’m thrilled to take the oath of office and get started working for residents of the 12th House District,” Geiss said. “Improving the lives of the families, seniors and students of my community will be my first priority, and I can’t wait to get to work.”</p> <p>Before joining the Legislature, Geiss operated a home-based editing business. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Wayne County Community College District. Joining Geiss for the ceremony were her husband, Doug, their two children, her mother, Germaine Swanson, and her sisters, Frances Swanson and Chantal Murray.</p> <![CDATA[State Rep. Robert Kosowski Names Caucus’s Assistant Whips]]> http://012.housedems.com/news/article/state-rep-robert-kosowski-names-caucus-s-assistant-whips <p>LANSING — State Representative and House Democratic Whip Robert L. Kosowski (D-Westland) is pleased to announce his appointees as assistant whips. They are third-term Rep. George T. Darany (D-Dearborn), second-term Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) and first-term Reps. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park) andSheldon Neeley (D-Flint).</p> <p>“I’m grateful to Democratic Leader Tim Greimel for my appointment to caucus whip, and I am extremely happy to be leading such a talented team of assistant whips,” Kosowski said. “I look forward to making Michigan a better place to live and raise a family, and I’m very excited to get to work this session.”</p>