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Meet Kyra
Harris Bolden

State Representative Kyra Harris Bolden is an attorney, currently serving her second term, representing her hometown of Southfield in the Michigan State House. A graduate of Southfield Public Schools, Rep. Bolden chose to remain in Michigan for her studies, receiving her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Working in Lansing, Rep. Bolden advocates for Michiganders as a member of the Judiciary Committee and has focused her work on criminal justice reform, crafting and passing bipartisan legislation to protect survivors of sexual violence. Rep. Bolden has successfully passed pieces of critical bipartisan legislation into law, including the “Medically Frail” prison reform package, the revision of the Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act, and the “Address Confidentiality for Survivors of Domestic Violence” package.

Rep. Bolden has a deep respect for the law and has seen the depth and breadth of law in her years of practice and lawmaking. After becoming a member of the State Bar, Rep. Bolden practiced as a criminal defense attorney. Rep. Bolden then served as a Judicial Law Clerk in Wayne County’s Third Circuit Court under the Honorable Judge John A. Murphy, the longest-serving judge and longest-serving elected African American judge in the State of Michigan. As a Judicial Law Clerk, Rep. Bolden performed legal research, made recommendations to the Judge on legal interpretation based upon relevant case law, and drafted opinions on a myriad of civil issues. Bolden then practiced as a civil litigation attorney with Lewis & Munday, P.C., in several practice areas before successfully running for office for the first time in 2018.

Alongside her daily work, Rep. Bolden is an active member of her community, serving as a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, Wolverine Bar Association, Straker Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, National Congress of Black Women-Oakland County, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and as a member of the Total Living Commission for the City of Southfield.

Rep. Bolden has received several awards, including the 2019 Detroit Association of Women’s Clubs, Inc. “Young Women Lifting As We Climb Image Award”, 2019 African American Leadership Awards “Emerging Leader Award”, 2020 Michigan Chronicle 40 Under 40 honoree, 2021 Legislative Economic Development Champion Award and the 2021 Michigan Credit Union League “Legislator of the Year” award.

Rep. Bolden enjoys attending Christian Tabernacle Church, dancing, riding her Peloton, and taking her nieces to different parks in the community.

Rep. Bolden lives in her hometown of Southfield with her husband, Dr. Greg Bolden, and their newborn, Emerson Portia Bolden.