Christine graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 1998. She passed the Michigan Bar in 1998 and the California Bar in 1999. She has been licensed in Michigan since 1999. Christine has legal experience ranging from prosecution, to insurance defense, to workers’ compensation. She was a legal intern in both St. Clair and Berrien Counties’ Prosecutors Offices gaining experience in misdemeanor charges including plea negotiations, court appearances, bench and jury trials, and appellate research and writing. She worked for several law firms in insurance defense including for Kitch Drutchas, DeNaardis and Valitutti in the Birth Trauma Defense department. In California she practiced medical malpractice defense and workers’ compensation law. During law school she was also an intern for the Honorable Gerald R. Rosen of the Eastern District of Michigan.
Christine is currently serving in the 40th State House District and is a member of the Appropriations Committee. She is Chair of the Subcommittee for Health and Human Services, which accounts for approximately 40% of the state’s budget, the largest sub-budget. She also serves on the Subcommittees of Corrections, Military Vets and State Police and LARA/DIFS (Licensing and Insurance). She is Vice-Chair of the Firearm Safety and Gun Violence Prevention Caucus and a member of the Progressive Women’s Caucus and Labor Caucus.
Trusted public servant • Community connected • Well rounded experience
Trusted public servant
Well rounded experience
Christine has been honored to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court’s Child Legal Representation Task Force, which has been working to propose standards and request funding to ensure children engaged in the abuse and neglect system have the quality representation to which they are entitled.
Christine was awarded 2023 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Guardianship Association.
Christine is excited to shift her focus to the application of law with the goal of the judicial bench. From making the laws to interpreting the law, Christine is ready to transition her unique skill set from the Legislature to the Judiciary. The overlap between her budget and functions of the Judiciary are many, from Child Welfare to Juvenile Justice, from Guardianship to Corrections, Christine is knowledgeable about many of the issues impacting the judicial system, and would like to be a part of the system itself. Christine has always valued listening to all sides of an issue before making decisions. Christine has established in her career the community trust, strong decision making skills, and patient and empathetic temperament that she believes would be an asset to the Kalamazoo County 9th Circuit Court.