Darrin Camilleri

State Legislator
State of Michigan
Political Science and English
Class of 2014
Alma Mater:
Kalamazoo College

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Michigan State Representative, 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, Rep. Camilleri’s hometown. He currently serves as Minority Whip for the House Democrats.

At 24, he became the youngest Latino and first Maltese-American in Michigan's history to serve in the State House. In his first term, Camilleri sat on the Education Reform and Energy Policy committees, and served as Minority Vice Chair on Commerce and Trade. During his first two years in office, Camilleri also served as Assistant Leader.

Camilleri is a first-generation college graduate. He earned his bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College where he majored in political science and government. During his time there, he served as student body president, led the Michigan Federation of College Democrats and worked for Congressman John Dingell. He is a graduate of Gabriel Richard Catholic High School in Riverview. Prior to joining the Legislature, he was a high school social studies teacher and he is now proud to serve as an advocate for students and teachers across Michigan. He also served as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner in Brownstown.

He enjoys playing pick-up basketball, bowling, reading, traveling and spending time with his family.

My motivation

I'm motivated by my former students as well as the constituents I serve across my district. Knowing that I am their voice in the state capitol is something that I take very seriously. 

My latest accomplishments

I was recently re-elected to the Michigan House and appointed Minority Whip for the Legislature. 

Next big goal

I'm looking forward to continuing our work to improve our education system, fix our infrastructure problems, and clean up our environment. We have many bills in the works to accomplish these goals. 

Why is choosing your own path important?

I'm not sure that I would be on this path if it weren't for my experience at Kalamazoo College. By having a flexible curriculum, I was able to dive deep into the subjects and issues I cared about most. That allowed me to focus on extracurricular opportunities that really opened me up to activism. 

Favorite place on campus

The Book Club -- it was our coffee shop in the library.

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