Community is everything for Senator Stephanie Chang, the first Asian American woman to be elected to the Michigan Legislature. She worked as a community organizer in Detroit for nearly a decade before serving two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives and then as the Democratic Floor Leader for her first term in the Senate. She is currently the chair of the Senate Democrats’ Policy and Steering Committee and is serving her second term in the Michigan Senate.

Senator Chang cares deeply about social, racial and economic equity, as well as combatting climate change and protecting reproductive rights. Some of her biggest accomplishments in her first term in the Senate included creating an address confidentiality program for survivors of domestic violence; enacting water shutoff protections for residents during emergencies; and establishing a community crisis response grant fund and program to improve police-community relations.

Chang earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degrees in public policy and social work from the University of Michigan. She lives in Detroit with her husband, Sean, and their two daughters.