|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 76th district
|Preceded by||Roy Schmidt|
|Residence||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Alma mater||Calvin College|
Brinks was recruited to run after her predecessor, Roy Schmidt, switched parties to the Republican Party at the filing deadline, leaving no credible Democratic candidate on the primary ballot. Brinks ran as a write-in candidate, exceeding the 1,000 required votes to win the primary. She defeated Schmidt in the November general election.
In 2014, she was re-elected, defeating Republican challenger Donijo DeJonge.
- "Michigan's Newest Legislative Members". Michigan Capitol Confidential. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- Jackson, Angie (8 December 2012). "Winnie Brinks takes oath of office as Michigan's 76th District State Representative". MLive. Retrieved 19 November 2013.