In bipartisan fashion, the Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday adopted HR 316, a memorial resolution honoring the late Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit). He died on March 29 at age 44 and was likely the first state lawmaker in the country to die of COVID-19.
His father, Roger Robinson, and longtime staff member, Dawn Tucker-Davis, attended the session. In addition, Isaac Robinson’s HB 5120, which will help give thousands of Michigan residents with misdemeanor marijuana convictions a second chance as part of a comprehensive expungement package, was enrolled.
“Rep. Robinson was as hard-working as he was passionate for his community,” said House Minority Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills). “His accomplishments serving the city of Detroit are notable, but he will also be remembered for his contagious enthusiasm, infusing everyone around him with determined energy. He was a compassionate man, a devoted public servant and a fierce friend to so many of us. He is greatly missed.”
Robinson was elected in 2018, succeeding his mother, former state Rep. Rose Mary Robinson (D-Detroit). Before serving in the House, Robinson toiled for a decade working on behalf of organized labor in various roles. During that time, he built a reputation as an advocate for everyone in his community.
He served on several committees, including Commerce and Tourism, Regulatory Reform and Tax Policy. Robinson, according to friends and colleagues, was a tireless champion on issues important to the district, especially environmental protection and community safety, auto insurance reform, education, criminal justice and expungement, and civil rights.