David Knezek

David Knezek

By SARAH LEWIS, Editor-in-Chief

David Knezek, current University of Michigan-Dearborn student and two-tour Iraq War veteran, won State Representative for District 11 last Tuesday after receiving 72 percent of the vote against Republican Kathleen Kopczyk. Dearborn Heights, Inkster, Garden City, Westland, and Livonia are included in the district.

“I’m focusing on the next two years to improve the visibility and impact state representatives can have in the district and in Lansing,” Knezek said.

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He visited the House floor on Thursday and described the experience as emotional.

“It’s really exciting to have this responsibility,” Knezek said. He will be inaugurated January 9 in Lansing.

Knezek, who took part in UM-D Commencement in May, is finishing his degree with a major in Political Science.

After serving for six years as Marine in Iraq, Knezek was a Student Government Senator at UM-D. In 2010, he co-founded the Political Science Association. He began his campaign for State Representative when he was Student Government President.

It was his in his junior and senior years at Crestwood High School in Dearborn Heights that he began volunteering for local political campaigns.

“I sort of fell in love with politics at that point,” Knezek said.

Knezek plans on working to make his two years as State Representative “something of substance.”