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Brian Banks
Brian Banks.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives, District 1
In office
January 1, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
High schoolLutheran High School East '93, Denby Tech / Preparatory High School '93
Bachelor'sWayne State University
Master'sWayne State University
J.D.Michigan State University College of Law
Place of birthDetroit/Harper Woods Michigan
ProfessionAdjunct Professor
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Brian Banks is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Banks earned his B.S. and M.Ed. from Wayne State University and his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. His professional experience includes working as an adjunct professor at Baker College and on the staff at Rodnick, Unger, and Kaner, P.C.[1] [1]

Committee assignments


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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Local Government
Military and Veterans Affairs


Campaign themes


Banks' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Create accountability in education system

Excerpt: "As an advocate for education, I will support our children so that they receive the skills and quality education that they need to compete for jobs. This will be done by ensuring accountability for all involved in the student’s learning process, fighting for affordable college tuition to ensure that every student that wants to, attend college, and fighting for an increase in the per pupil funding, as well as, the adequate funding needed to keep highly qualified teachers in the classroom to help our students succeed."

  • Create efficiencies in public safety

Excerpt: "I will work to create efficiencies in public safety by fighting for the adequate funding needed to adequately staff the public safety departments, working on various programs that will rehabilitate inmates in our correctional facilities, so that they don’t commit more crimes once they are released, and working with each public safety department to establish crime prevention workshops."

  • Create affordable health care and services to senior citizens

Excerpt: "Many seniors are now forced to choose between everyday necessities or the high cost of healthcare while on a fixed income. I will work to repeal the Republican pension tax on senior’s retirement income, to partner with companies that will provide health care services for senior at a discounted rate, and fight for adequate funding for senior transportation."

  • Creating jobs

Excerpt: "Two primary keys to ensuring a bright future for our community and region is to ensure that our residents receive both job training and the skills that lead to jobs. To help create jobs I will fight to end the attack on workers in our state and adamantly oppose any 'right to work' or other legislation that undermines our workforce in Michigan, and support small businesses and entrepreneurs so they can create jobs and assist with getting our economy moving again."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Incumbent Brian Banks defeated six other candidates in the Democratic primary; Rebecca Thompson came in second. John Hauler was unopposed in the Republican primary. Banks defeated Hauler in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Banks 67.3% 15,992
     Republican John Hauler 32.7% 7,782
Total Votes 23,774
Michigan House of Representatives, District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Banks Incumbent 42.8% 3,140
Rebecca Thompson 36.1% 2,645
Michael Koester 11.1% 813
Taryn Jones 4% 296
Harry Scott 2.2% 159
Paul Fillmore 2.1% 152
Corey Gilchrist 1.7% 123
Total Votes 7,328


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Banks won election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 1. He defeated Scott Benson, Christopher Cavanagh, Valerie Kindle, and Gregory Robinson in the August 7 Democratic primary[7] and defeated Dan Schulte (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Banks 70.8% 27,843
     Republican Dan Schulte 29.2% 11,489
Total Votes 39,332
Michigan House of Representatives, District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Banks 30.8% 2,304
Scott Benson 29.6% 2,208
Christopher Cavanagh 17.1% 1,275
Valerie Kindle 16.5% 1,235
Gregory Robinson 6% 450
Total Votes 7,472



In 2012, Banks's endorsements included the following:[9]

  • Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters & Millwrights
  • Teamsters Local 299
  • Michigan Education Association (MEA)
  • Young Democrats of Michigan
  • Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
  • Bishop J. Drew Sheard, Greater Emmanuel Institutional COGIC
  • Pastor Mark Holloway, Peace & Goodwill Baptist Church
  • State Representative Harvey Santana
  • State Representative Kate Segal

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Banks is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Banks raised a total of $35,139 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 1, 2013.[10]

Brian Banks's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 1 Won $35,139
Grand Total Raised $35,139


Banks won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Banks raised a total of $35,139.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Timothy Bledsoe (D)
Michigan House of Representatives District 1
2013 – Present
Succeeded by