Rutledge Takes Oath of Office as State Representative

New lawmaker ready to get to work to create jobs, reform state government
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

LANSING – Newly-elected legislator David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti) was officially sworn in as State Representative for the 54th District in the Michigan House of Representatives during a ceremony in the House Chamber at noon today.

"After months of preparation, I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work," Rutledge said. "Michigan is at a critical point in our history and there is much to be done. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow legislators to tackle the many challenges facing our great state: stabilizing our economy and creating a business-friendly environment for our local businesses, protecting our children's education from early childhood into adulthood, strengthening our state's infrastructure, correcting the structural problems within our state's budget, and so many other issues vital to the working people and families throughout our state."

Rutledge represents the eastern portion of Washtenaw County, including Salem, Superior, Ypsilanti, and Augusta townships, and the city of Ypsilanti. Clerk of the House Gary L. Randall called on the 110 members of the Michigan House to take the oath of office in a constitutionally mandated event that kicked off the 2011-2012 legislative session.

"I am committed to being a strong voice in Lansing for the people of our community," the new lawmaker said. "One of my first priorities will be accessibility to my constituents.My job begins with listening to the concerns and thoughts of those in the 54th District, so that together we can move our state forward."

Residents with issues or concerns related to state government are encouraged to contact Representative Rutledge at (517) 373-1771 or by email at