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Michigan Rep. Lawrence leads Congress in proxy votes

Lawrence has nearly 3X the proxy votes of any other Michigan representative in Congress

U.S. Rep Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, leads her peers in Congress in proxy votes, according to public records.

In the 117th Congress, which started on Jan. 1, 2021, Lawrence has requested proxy votes 47 times, per the Clerk of the U.S. House. Proxy voting was allowed in the 116th Congress as one response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has continued into the current one.

Lawrence is retiring from politics rather than run in the newly redrawn 13th congressional district. During the Aug. 2 primary, Lawrence backed U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Waterford Township, in her victorious campaign against U.S. Andy Levin, D-Royal Oak.

On her latest proxy letter, dated Sept. 22, Lawrence designated Stevens as her proxy.

Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, has filed 16 proxy letters. Levin filed 14.

Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Bruce Township, has filed nine, while Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Grand Rapids, has filed seven.

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