Apr 6, 2007
State Sen. Hansen Clarke, D-Detroit, will be the guest speakers at the 24th annual Edwin B. Winans Dinner on May 5 at the Hamburg VFW Post, 8891 Spicer Rd., put on by the Livingston County Democratic Party.
Clarke is serving his second term in the Senate where he is leading the charge to end discrimination in auto insurance where higher rates are charged for those without college degrees and who work blue collar jobs.
Clarke grew up from humble beginnings in a working class neighborhood on Detroit's lower east side to attend an Ivy League university and become an attorney. He was raised alone by his mother, who worked as a school crossing guard, after his father passed away when he was just 8 years old. While in the third grade, an observant teacher recognized his artistic ability that promoted him to take art classes at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and it eventually led to a scholarship to Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Clarke then attended Georgetown University Law School. After he received his law degree he returned to Michigan to practice law. He was elected to his first of three terms in the Michigan House in 1990. He unseated an incumbent in the Senate in 2002, and he was reelected last November. In 2005 he was a candidate for Mayor of Detroit.
Clarke serves as the minority vice-chair of the Health Policy Committee and the Commerce and Tourism Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee, the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and the Government Operations and Reform Committee.
The fundraising dinner is named after Edwin B. Winans, Governor of Michigan in 1890-1893. He lived in Unadilla and Hamburg Townships and represented Livingston County as a State Representative, probate judge, and Governor. He is buried in the Hamburg Cemetery. Winans Lake is named after him. Tickets are $60 if purchased before Tuesday or $75 after that, and tickets can be obtained by calling the Livingston County Democratic Party at (810) 229-4212. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. There is also a private pre-dinner reception planned, and details will be announced soon. This is the party’s largest fundraiser, so come out and support the party and celebrate its success in the last election.
On a personal note; it’s nice to see a Cornell alumni like Sen. Clarke visiting Livingston County who actually fights discrimination instead of a Cornell graduate like Ann Coulter who promotes discrimination.