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Nessel, Dana (D)Attorney General
Dana Nessel was elected Attorney General in 2018 after she defeated former House Speaker Tom LEONARD in the general election.
She is a former Assistant Prosecutor in the Wayne County Prosecutors Office. While there, she was assigned to handle a number of the most difficult cases the county faced. She worked with the Child & Family Abuse Bureau, Police Conduct Review Team, and Auto Theft Unit.
After leaving the county, Nessel oepned her own legal firm where she worked to defend the rights of indigent defendants, as well as work on civil rights cases.
In 2010, she spearheaded the DeBoer v. Snyder case which challenged state bans on adoption and marriage for same-sex couples in Michigan.
She graduated from the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Arts) and Wayne State University (Juris Doctor).
She resides in southeast Michigan with her wife, Alanna MAGUIRE, and her twin sons, Alex and Zach.
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