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Guerra, Vanessa (D)State Representative District 95
Rep. Guerra was first elected to the Michigan House in 2014 when she defeated former councilmember Norman Braddock by 1,173 votes before winning the general election with 77 percent of the vote. She was named an Assistant Leader in early January 2015 by House Minority Leader Tim Greimel.
Rep. Guerra served as a member of the Bridgeport Charter Township Board of Trustees before her election. She has done work through the American GI Forum, where she was active in raising money for and distributing scholarships to assist Latino youth. She also worked as an academic advisor at Delta College.
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Rep. Guerra graduated from the Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District and earned her bachelor's from the University of Michigan, where she double majored in Latino Studies and Political Science.
She received her J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2016.
Rep. Guerra's great-great grandfather, Reuben Garcia, was a founder of La Union Civica, an organization that promotes civil rights and education for members of the Saginaw Latino community. She is married.
Recognizing that she could do more to assist youth by improving the community as a whole, Vanessa ran for Bridgeport Township Trustee in 2012.
During the summer 2013, she served as a Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan Intern in the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office, and later served as a volunteer advocate for victims of Domestic Violence in the Third Judicial Circuit Court in fall 2013. In continuing her commitment to the education of Michigan’s youth, Vanessa also volunteers with a program that assists elementary school students in learning to read.
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