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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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Members have been selected for new Wayne County Women's Commission
Members have been selected for new Wayne County Women's Commission
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Nineteen women from diverse backgrounds have been selected as members of the newly created Wayne County Women's Commission it was announced today. Members include one representative from each of the 15 Wayne County Commission districts, a representative
Wayne County Commission creates citizen-based Women's Commission
Wayne County Commission creates citizen-based Women's Commission
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Wayne County Commissioners today voted to create a citizen-based Women's Commission. The volunteer group will be focused on studying issues, making recommendations, and advocating for actions to improve the lives of women across Wayne County.
Wayne County Commission issues year-end review for 2020
Wayne County Commission issues year-end review for 2020
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
COVID-19 didn't stop the Wayne County Commission from undertaking numerous activities in 2020, with a special emphasis on social justice and human rights. Details are containedddd in a report issued by Chair Alisha Bell.
Update on COVID-19 vaccines
Update on COVID-19 vaccines
Thursday, January 14, 2021
The attached update on COVID-19 vaccines in Wayne County is effective as of Jan. 14, 2021
Applications available for new Wayne County Youth Council
Applications available for new Wayne County Youth Council
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Group seeks to bring together high school students of diverse backgrounds to help develop programs for young people.
Wayne County Commission adopts balanced $1.66B county operating budget
Wayne County Commission adopts balanced $1.66B county operating budget
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Wayne County Commissioners today (Sept. 30) unanimously adopted a balanced $1.66 billion county operating budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year - the first county budget impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications available for new youth advisory council
Applications available for new youth advisory council
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Students, enrolled in Wayne County's high schools from the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, are encouraged to apply to participate in the Wayne County Commission Youth Council leadership program. Details on the program, and on how to join, are attached.