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Single mother goes from food stamps to state Senate

Jan 17, 2019 - The Detroit News

Lansing - This time last year, Betty Jean Alexander was retrieving divorce records as a clerical specialist in the Wayne County Clerk's office. A single mother with two daughters, she made $16 an hour, qualified for food stamps and took the bus to work.

Now, after scoring a shocking primary election win last fall, the 53-year-old Detroiter is a state senator, one of 16 Democrats in the 38-member upper chamber. Alexander will help control the state's checkbook and craft policy while persona...