Reps Bizon Maturen honor Cora Belle Anderson

first_img Categories: Maturen News Portrait unveiled for first woman, Native American to serve in Michigan HouseFrom left, Rep. David Maturen, Capitol decorative painter and artist Joshua Risner, Rep. Dr. John Bizon, Sen. Margaret O’Brien and Rep. Amanda Price attend the portrait unveiling for Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson today at the Anderson House Office Building in Lansing.State Reps. David Maturen and Dr. John Bizon today attended a portrait unveiling in honor of Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson, the first woman and the first Native American to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives. The Anderson House Office Building, where the portrait now hangs in the lobby, is named in her honor.“Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson was a political pioneer; she no doubt overcame many obstacles to serve her district at a time when minorities, including Native Americans, were subjected to considerable discrimination,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “She serves as an inspiration to us all.”Anderson was elected by the “Iron District” of Baroga, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties in 1924, just four years after women gained the right to vote. A woman of Ojibwe decent and a former teacher, she was a lifelong advocate for agriculture, education and public health issues.“Michigan has a long history of courageous individuals who fought to improve the lives of others,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “Rep. Anderson’s accomplishments helped pave the way for many others who came after. It is an honor to work in the same chamber she did.”### 08Dec Reps. Bizon, Maturen honor Cora Belle Andersoncenter_img Tags: Cora Anderson, Maturen last_img read more