Rep. Camilleri is a teacher and organizer who now serves Downriver in the Michigan House of Representatives.
State Rep. Darrin Quiroz Camilleri is serving his second term representing the 23rd District, which includes the Downriver communities of Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Trenton, Woodhaven, and Brownstown. He currently serves as Minority Whip for the House Democrats and the Minority Vice Chair on the House Education Committee. In his first few years, he has quickly emerged as a statewide voice on education and a champion for workers’ rights.
Over the past three years, Camilleri has consistently introduced legislation to keep Michigan’s promises to working people and help everyday Michiganders get ahead. Notably, he has been a leader in the fight to protect pensions for police officers, firefighters, teachers and school employees. He has also worked extensively to protect our environment and highlight the state’s literacy crisis and teacher shortage. Camilleri was awarded Progress Michigan’s Legislator of the Year in 2017, was recognized as one of Crain’s Detroit’s 20 in their 20s, and given the Michigan Association for Media in Education’s 2018’s Outstanding Legislator Award for his work on expanding access to school libraries.
Camilleri is very proud of his family’s new American story. As the son of an immigrant from Malta and a Latina, he became Michigan’s youngest latino and first-ever Maltese-American elected to the Legislature in 2016. Coming from a long line of union auto workers, he has been steadfast in his pursuit of opportunity for all communities in Michigan.
Camilleri is a first-generation college graduate, earning his degree from Kalamazoo College. During his time there, he served as student body president, led the Michigan Federation of College Democrats, and worked for Congressman John Dingell. Camilleri’s passion for service was inspired by working with students at a juvenile home in Kalamazoo and later while tutoring underserved kids in Quito, Ecuador. Those experiences led him to become an educator, and he was proud to serve as a high school social studies teacher in Southwest Detroit prior to his election to the State House.
Rep. Camilleri currently lives in Brownstown Township and enjoys playing pick-up basketball, bowling, reading, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
He was the only Democrat in Michigan to flip a seat in 2016, winning by just over 300 votes. He won re-election by over 13% in 2018.
Rep. Camilleri's Priorities
ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR ALL
Studies have shown that 40% of Americans cannot afford a $400 unexpected expense. This isn't right, especially when this number includes many full-time workers who are supporting families Downriver. It isn’t fair when people are expected to work more for less. To ensure economic security for Michigan families, we have to raise wages, lower taxes for working people, and secure seniors’ pensions.
AN EQUITABLE EDUCATION
The best chance at a middle class life in Michigan starts with a good education. With proper investment, Michigan can once again lead the way and provide a world-class education to all of our students. It’s imperative that we fully fund our classrooms from Pre-K through college graduation so our students are on the cutting edge of reading, math, science, and technology. Additionally, our teachers need proper pay for their hard work and dedication.
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR TODAY and TOMORROw
Our roads and bridges are some of the worst in the country, which not only leads to expensive car repairs, but also discourages economic growth. Finding a solution will put people to work and make Michigan a better destination to do business. For Downriver, one major area of focus will be finding solutions to the railroad crossing problems across the district.
CLEAN AIR, WATER, and LAND
With the Detroit River, Lake Erie, Huron River, and many other parks and natural resources right in our backyard, our quality of life depends on us being good stewards of our environment. Keeping our air and water clean will help our economy, protect public health, and ensure we have beautiful places to live, work, and play.