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David Knezek

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David Knezek
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Michigan State Senate, District 5
In office
January 1, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
Minority Caucus Chair, Michigan State Senate
2015 - present
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives, District 11
High schoolCrestwood High School, 2004
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan-Dearborn, 2012
Date of birthAugust 13, 1986
Place of birthDearborn Heights, Michigan
Office website
Campaign website
David Knezek (b. August 13, 1986) is a Democratic member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. Beginning in the 2015 session, Knezek serves as State Senate Minority Caucus Chair.

Knezek the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 11 from 2013 to 2015.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Knezek served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2015
Education, Minority Vice Chair
Health Policy
Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security, Minority Vice Chair
Energy and Technology


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Knezek served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Health Policy


Campaign themes


Knezek's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Public Education

  • Excerpt: "We can’t succeed as a state unless every Michigan student has access to a world-class education. That means providing our teachers and support staff with the necessary resources to instruct and teach our students the necessary skills to succeed in the 21st century economy."

Senior Citizens

  • Excerpt: "As State Representative, I’ll work to repeal the pension tax and ensure that their service and dedication to this state is rewarded, not punished."

Jobs & Economy

  • Excerpt: "As State Representative, I’ll fight to bring an immediate end to the corporate cronyism that drastically undercuts the potential for serious job creation."

Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "As State Representative, I’ll work with local and state police and fire officials to create a temporary Michigan Public Safety Task Force to investigate the funding challenges that our police and fire heroes face every day and offer comprehensive solutions to this challenge."


  • Excerpt: "Being able to enjoy these natural treasures is the birthright of every person born in Michigan. I will fight to make sure that future generations of Michiganders will be able to enjoy these opportunities, just as I have."



See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. David Knezek defeated five other candidates in the Democratic primary. Jennifer Rynicki was unopposed in the Republican primary. Knezek defeated Rynicki in the general election. Incumbent Tupac Hunter (D) did not seek re-election due to term limits.[2][3][4][5]

Michigan State Senate, District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Knezek 81.8% 59,680
     Republican Jennifer Rynicki 18.2% 13,286
Total Votes 72,966


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Knezek won election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 11. He defeated Dorothy Webb Grady, Bill Kaledas and Cody Bailey in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated Kathleen Kopczyk (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Knezek Incumbent 71.8% 27,626
     Republican Kathleen Kopczyk 28.2% 10,875
Total Votes 38,501

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Knezek is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Knezek raised a total of $68,996 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 1, 2013.[8]

David Knezek's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 11 Won $68,996
Grand Total Raised $68,996


Knezek won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Knezek raised a total of $68,996.
Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Knezek's campaign in 2012
David Knezek, Jr.$11,000
Operating Engineers$5,000
Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters$2,500
Michigan Education Association$2,000
Michigan Health & Hospital Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$68,996
Source: Follow the Money

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tupac Hunter (D)
Michigan State Senate District 5
2015 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
David Nathan (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 11
Succeeded by
Julie Plawecki (D)