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Knezek, David (D)

State Senator District 5
Office: 5500 Binsfeld Building
Term: First
Phone: (517) 373-0994
Home Address: 8033 Arnold, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Seat Number: 17
Standing Committees: Veterans, Military Affairs And Homeland Security(VC), Elections and Government Reform, Energy and Technology, Health Policy, Appropriations
Subcommittees: Community Colleges(VC), State Police And Military Affairs(VC)
(C) = Chair, (VC) = Vice Chair

CB - Capitol Building,  FB - Farnum Building,  HOB - House Office Building 


Sen. Knezek was first elected to the Michigan Senate in 2014 after defeating former Reps. Shannelle Jackson, David Nathan and Thomas Stallworth III of Detroit in the August primary.  In the general election Sen. Knezek defeated Republican Jennifer Rynicki 81 to 18 percent.  

In the House, Knezek came in second during a mid-term election for House Minority Floor Leader.  He served in the House on the Education and Health Policy Committees.  


Sen. Knezek is an Iraq War veteran where he completed two tours of duty. In addition to his military career, he has worked as a substitute teacher in Wayne County. 

To read MIRS biography of Sen. Knezek, click here.


Senator Knezek has a B.A. Political Science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn where he served as student body president.  


Lifelong resident of the great state of Michigan was born and raised in Dearborn Heights.


As a former Legislator of the Year for his work on tuition reform, and the first elected official in 150 years to pass legislation that would assist private employers in hiring veterans returning from combat, David has the distinct honor of being the first Iraq War Veteran elected to the Michigan Legislature.


Mike Malane

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