David KnezekDavid Knezek
The son of a police officer and high school lunch lady, David Knezek was born and raised in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. He graduated from Crestwood High School in 2004, where he was a four-year varsity hockey player and served as Student Congress President.
In May 2006, a profound sense of duty led David to serve his country after completing two years of college. He walked into a United States Marine Corps recruiting office, enlisted, and reported to Parris Island, South Carolina for boot camp just 11 days later. From 2007 to 2010, David served two tours of duty in Iraq with the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines as a Scout Sniper Platoon member. The recipient of numerous military awards and commendations, David was Honorably discharged in 2012 from the Marine Corps Reserves 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. At the encouragement of his peers David sought the position of University of Michigan-Dearborn Student Government President due to increased concerns over a lack of student representation and services. Running on a platform of accountability, transparency, and efficiency, he was elected in March 2011, just eight months after the completion of his second tour of duty.
As president of the student body, David advocated and negotiated on behalf of the almost 9,000 students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. At the end of his term and as a result of his leadership, David was honored as a University of Michigan-Dearborn Distinguished Student Leader; the highest honor bestowed upon a UM-Dearborn student. He 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.
While still a student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, David launched a campaign for Michigan State Representative to fill the vacated seat left by term-limited Representative Bob Constan. After winning 52% of the vote in a four-way primary and after receiving an overwhelming 72% of the vote in the general election, David became the youngest member of the 2013-14 House Democratic Caucus at the age of 26. He has the distinct honor of being the first Iraq or Afghanistan War Veteran elected to the Michigan Legislature.
David is currently serving in his first term in the Michigan House of Representatives. He is a member of the House Education and Health Policy Committees and serves as an Assistant Democratic Floor Leader. As the representative for the 11th District, he serves the communities of Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster, Livonia, and Westland in our state’s capitol.