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Hope, Kara (D)State Representative District 67
Rep. Hope was first elected to the House on Nov. 6, 2018 when she defeated Republican Leon CLARK by securing 53.7% of the vote.
Hope won out in a five-candidate Democratic primary battle when she secured 71.9% of the vote.
In 2020, Hope ran unopposed in the August primary. She defeated her GOP general election primary Nate ROSS 54.3% to 45.6% to earn her second term.
She ran for the Ingham County Board of Commissioners in 2012, where she has served until her election to the House.
After college, she worked for the newspaper in her hometown of Ionia.
After law school, Hope worked as a pre-hearing attorney in the Michigan Court of Appeals and then as a defense attorney before going on to teach as an adjunct professor at Cooley Law School.
She started her solo practice in 2015, specializing in family law.
Hope also is the founding president of the all-volunteer nonprofit Holt Community Arts Council, which provides arts opportunities and events like the free, annual summer concert series Music in the Garden.
To read MIRS biography of Rep. Hope, click here.
She has a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.
Hope, the daughter of two corrections officers, is married. She and her husband raised their niece, who is now a college student, and are raising their nephew, who is in high school.
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