LANSING, MI – Early in the pandemic, Rep. Tyrone Carter, D-Detroit, was the first state lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19 on March 26.
Three days later, Rep. Isaac Robinson, D-Detroit, died at Detroit Receiving Hospital after suffering breathing problems. His death was later linked to the coronavirus.
More Capitol cases would follow: Rep. Karen Whitsett, D-Detroit in April; Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, and Rep. Beau Lafave, R-Iron Mountain, in September. Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, announced he was recovering from home on Nov. 6.
And over the past week, three more Republican lawmakers tested positive: Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township, Ann Bollin of Brighton and Scott VanSingel of Grant.
In total, COVID-19 has infected 6% of Michigan’s 149 state lawmakers in the House and Senate. That’s more than twice the overall rate of infection in Michigan, 2.6%.
The legislature hasn’t been able to craft a plan to stop