David M. Knezek Jr. (Dist. 8)
David M. Knezek, Jr. was appointed to the Wayne County Commission in February 2020 and elected in November of that year, representing Dearborn Heights, Redford Township, and part of Livonia. He is vice-chair of the committees on Audit and Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs and a members of the committees on Government Operations and Public Safety.
A lifelong resident of Dearborn Heights, Knezek graduated from Crestwood High School and later earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. 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 in 2014 where he served as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Knezek has the distinction of being the first Iraq War Veteran elected to the Michigan House and Senate. After leaving the Michigan Legislature, Knezek worked as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. At 33, he is the youngest member of the commission.
Knezek has a long track record of civic engagement in Southeast Michigan. He is a board member for Starfish Family Services in Inkster, a member of the Redford Township Jaycees, a Silver Life Member of the Detroit Branch NAACP, Vice President of the Dearborn Heights Goodfellows, a member of the Carl E. Stitt American Legion Post 232, and chairman of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Alumni Association Board.
Representing: Redford Township, Dearborn Heights & Livonia (part).
Staff: Lisa Vowell-Childs, (313) 224-0930
Fax: (313) 967-1243
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