David M. Knezek Jr. (Dist. 8)
David Knezek joined the Wayne County Commission in February 2020 representing Dearborn Heights, Redford Township, and part of Livonia. He serves as vice-chair of the committees on Audit and Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs and is a member of the committees on Government Operations and Public Safety.
A lifelong resident of Dearborn Heights, Knezek graduated from Crestwood High School, holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and is a current MBA candidate within the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In 2006, Knezek enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he rose to the rank of Sergeant while completing two tours of duty in Iraq as a Scout Sniper Platoon member. In 2012, he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives at the age of 26 and later elected to the Michigan Senate at the age of 28 where he served as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Knezek has the distinction of being the first Iraq War Veteran elected to each legislative body in which he has served. After leaving the Michigan Legislature, Knezek served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel before joining the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services where he currently serves as Chief Deputy Director for Administration. At 34, he is the youngest member of the commission.
Knezek has a long track record of civic engagement in Southeast Michigan. He is past board member for Starfish Family Services in Inkster, past board chairman of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Alumni Association Board, a member of the Redford Township Jaycees, a Silver Life Member of the Detroit Branch NAACP, Vice President of the Dearborn Heights Goodfellows, and a member of the Carl E. Stitt American Legion Post 232.
Representing: Redford Township, Dearborn Heights & Livonia (part).
Staff: Lisa Vowell-Childs, (313) 224-0930
Fax: (313) 967-1243
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