08Dec Rep. Price honors first woman, Native American in state House Categories: News LANSING – State Rep. Amanda Price honored the life of Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson, the first woman and Native American to serve in the state House of Representatives, during a portrait dedication ceremony today.Rep. Price, R-Park Township, highlighted Anderson’s education and professional background beyond her tenure in the state House in 1925-1926.“She was clearly a unique and special individual, so she deserves recognition,” said Rep. Price. “Besides being the first woman and Native American to serve in the state House, Cora Belle also continued to teach when she was married. We may not think that was unusual today, but it was at that time.”A L’Anse native, Anderson was elected by the “Iron District” of Baraga, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties in 1924. During her tenure in Lansing, she continued a lifelong focus on education, agriculture and public health.Today’s event included speeches from House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, and Capitol Historian Valerie Marvin with Gary Randall, Clerk of the House of Representatives, serving as master of ceremonies. The new portrait will reside in the House Office Building, which was dedicated in Anderson’s name in 2000.