About Senator Knezek
The son of a police officer and high school lunch lady, David Knezek was born and raised in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. A lifelong resident of our great state, David has made a point of serving his community, state, and country in various capacities since he was 12 years old.
After graduating from Crestwood High School in 2004, a profound sense of duty led David to serve our country after completing two years of college. He walked into a United States Marine Corps recruiting office in 2006, enlisted on the spot, and reported to Parris Island, South Carolina for boot camp just 11 days later. Between 2007 and 2010, David served two tours of duty in Iraq as a Scout Sniper Platoon member. The recipient of numerous military awards and commendations, David was Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 2012 having risen to rank of Sergeant.
After completing his second tour of duty, David re-enrolled at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2010 to complete his degree using the Post-9/11 GI Bill. He went on to serve as the University of Michigan-Dearborn Student Government President where he advocated and negotiated on behalf of the almost 9,000 students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is the recipient of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Distinguished Student Leader award and was also named a University of Michigan-Dearborn Difference Maker—an annual list of the most influential students at the university. In December 2012, after numerous interruptions due to his military service, David graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science—a full eight years after his collegiate journey began.
Due to concerns over rising tuition rates and the cost of incarceration, David launched a campaign for Michigan State Representative while still a student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. After campaigning successfully with the help of his family and fellow college students, David became the youngest member of the 2013-2014 House Democratic Caucus at the age of 26. 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.
Since being elected to the Senate, David was immediately tapped to join the Senate Democratic leadership team where he currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Senator Knezek remains a strong advocate for Michigan students, seniors, working families, and veterans.