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Former Detroit lawmaker lands gig lobbying for UAW in Lansing

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Former Detroit lawmaker Sherry Gay-Dagnogo will begin lobbying for the United Auto Workers, according to a statement from the Lansing union.

Gay-Dagnogo will work as a government affairs agent with UAW Regions 1, 1A, 1D and Local 6000 “to advance policies for UAW members, retirees and working families,” the UAW said in a statement.

Gay-Dagnogo was an outspoken member of the House Democratic Caucus, which left the legislature last year due to term restrictions. She was Chair of the Detroit Caucus and a member of the Black Caucus Legislature.

“Sherry understands our members, understands the UAW and working families, and understands how Lansing works,” UAW President Rory Gamble said in a statement.

Gay-Dagnogo is a former Detroit school teacher who won a seat on the Detroit School Board in November. She had been rumored in the past as a potential challenger to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, but said Friday she was not running for the position.

Gay-Dagnogo, who is about to register as a lobbyist with the state, said it was an honor to work for the UAW.

“When the UAW strains public order, it expresses the power and solidarity of hundreds of thousands of members, retirees and their families,” she said.

At least three other lawmakers, whose term ended in December, are now in lobbying roles.

Former Republican MP Jason Sheppard was registered as a lobbyist with Kelley Cawthorne, while former GOP MP Brandt Iden became head of US government affairs for sports data company Sportradar. The Democratic former MP Rebekah Warren advises for the national referendum.

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