Winnie Brinks

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Winnie Brinks
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Michigan House of Representatives District 76
In office
January 1, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Office website
Campaign website
Winnie Brinks is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 76 since January 1, 2013. Brinks was recruited by Democrats to run against Republican Roy Schmidt after he abruptly switched parties prior to the 2012 primary.

She is a caseworker for a non-profit employee support organization.[1]


Campaign Themes

Brinks's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Educating our Children

  • Excerpt:"Money won’t solve every problem facing our schools, but I will fight to prioritize our real needs and restore the funding that was taken away from critical areas so that our children have the resources they need to do well in school"

Creating New Jobs

  • Excerpt:"I will work with small businesses and fight for policies that will help them grow and create jobs. Our small businesses are important to our local economies and deserve as much consideration as we give to large corporations."

Making Government Work for Us

  • Excerpt:"There’s no doubt that times are tough for families all across the state these days, which is why it’s more important than ever that we make every dollar work in the best interest of taxpayers. Government should be transparent and the citizens have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent."

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Brinks served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Health Policy



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Brinks won election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 76. She had to receive a minimum of 1,000 votes in the primary on August 7 to get on the general election ballot in November, and she far surpassed that number, amassing more than 2,500.[3] She defeated incumbent Roy Schmidt (R), Bing Goei (R), Patricia M. Steinport (L), William Mohr (I) and Keith Allard (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Schmidt and Speaker of the House Jase Bolger became engulfed by controversy in July 2012 as a result of Schimdt's decision to become a Republican. Brinks has stated of her recruitment, "I know this is going to be a tremendous challenge. I'm not a politician. I've never run for office before. All I can do is pledge to you that I will do all I possibly can to win this race. I promise that I will restore honesty and integrity to this seat and I will represent you in the way that you expect and deserve."[1]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 76, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWinnie Brinks 52.1% 23,530
     Republican Roy Schmidt Incumbent 27.3% 12,337
     Republican Bing Goei 12.1% 5,484
     Libertarian Patricia Steinport 2.4% 1,085
     Independent William Mohr 3% 1,362
     Independent Keith Allard 3.1% 1,398
Total Votes 45,196


Brinks is a married mother of three.[1]

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Preceded by
Roy Schmidt (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District 76
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