- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A farewell reception is scheduled for outgoing Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence who was elected this fall to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The public is invited to the city-hosted and chamber of commerce-sponsored event which begins at 5 p.m. Monday in Southfield’s parks and recreation building.

Lawrence, a Democrat, will represent Michigan’s 14th Congressional District which includes parts of Detroit, the Grosse Pointes, Southfield, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield and Pontiac.

The House seat is held through the end of this year by Democrat Gary Peters who was elected in November to the U.S. Senate, replacing retiring Sen. Carl Levin.

The 60-year-old Lawrence was 2010 Michigan gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero’s running mate. She has been Southfield’s mayor since 2001. She also is a former member of the Southfield City Council and Southfield Board of Education.

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