Joseph Palamara – District 15

Joe Palamara is a lifelong resident of the Downriver area and a 1971 graduate of Wyandotte Roosevelt High School. He attended Michigan State University on an Evans (caddy) Scholarship, and in 1975 he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business. In 1985, Joe received his juris doctorate degree from the Detroit College of Law, and has been licensed to practice law in Michigan for more than 25 years.

While at Michigan State University, Joe was a walk-on member of the baseball team. In his senior year, Joe led the Spartans in hitting, received his team’s Sportsmanship Award and was named to the All-Big Ten and All-America teams as a second baseman. He is a lifetime member of the Michigan State University Varsity Alumni Club.

The Democrat was first elected to serve Downriver residents as a state representative in 1984, and he served for seven terms in the Michigan House of Representatives until term limits first took effect. In 1998, Palamara was elected to the Wayne County Commission, where he currently serves as chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, and also sits on the Economic Development and Government Operations committees. He is an ardent champion of the Downriver communities in District 15, which include Ecorse, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, River Rouge, Riverview, Southgate, Trenton and Wyandotte.

A Grosse Ile resident, Joe and his wife have three children and two grandchildren

Representing: Ecorse, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, River Rouge, Riverview, Southgate, Trenton and Wyandotte.
Staff: Karen Pitts - (313) 224-0880
Fax: (313) 967-1241

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News & Events

Commissioner Joseph Palamara's fall 2016 newsletter.

Monday, October 03, 2016 - Wayne County Commission
Commissioner Joseph Palamara represents the 15th District, which covers Ecorse, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, River Rouge, Rivervew, Southgate, Trenton and Wyandotte.
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Commissioner Joseph Palamara's summer 2016 newsletter

Monday, June 20, 2016 - Commission
Commissioner Joseph Palamara represents the 15th District, which covers Ecorse, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, River Rouge, Rivervew, Southgate, Trenton and Wyandotte.
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Commission approves $1 million to help build boat dock, fishing pier at International Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, November 05, 2015 - Commission
A major addition to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway in Trenton and Gibraltar is one step closer to reality.
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Wayne County Commission adopts balanced countywide budget for 2015-16 fiscal year

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - Commission
The Wayne County Commission voted 14-0 Sept. 17 to approve a $1.56 billion balanced budget for Wayne County for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.
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Commission awards contract for long-awaited West Jefferson bridge repairs over Rouge River

Friday, July 17, 2015 - Commission
After more than a two-year wait, relief is in sight for residents and business owners in River Rouge and southwest Detroit.
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Joseph Palamara
District 15 Commissioner
(313) 224-0880

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