It is an honor serving the people of Ann Arbor in the Michigan House of Representatives. I hope that you’ll find interesting information about my work to make Ann Arbor and Michigan the best place to live.
If re-elected, I will continue to focus on the fundamentals:
The BEST schools and universities
Clean air, clean water and protection of the Great Lakes
Investment in the social and physical infrastructure necessary for a successful economic recovery
I love working for you in Lansing and I continue to be excited to bring progressive and practical reforms to state government.
I was born in 1977 to Cynthia Williams and Mitch Irwin at the General Hospital in Petoskey; a long drive from our home in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. I am married to the beautiful Kathryn Loomis, my high school sweetheart. Kathryn and I have a three-year-old daughter, Sylvia and a one-year old son, Mackinac.
I came to Ann Arbor in 1995 to study Political Science at the University of Michigan.
To support myself, I worked a multitude of jobs including as a construction laborer, a dishwasher, a waiter, a gas station attendant, a freelance writer and as office help for a law firm. I worked as a Legislative Aide to Senator Alma Wheeler Smith in 1998 and eventually took a job with the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, assisting environmental organizations throughout the Great Lakes region by connecting their members to opportunities for advocacy.
As a student, I got involved in local and campus government by serving as Treasurer of LSA Student Government and on the Board of the Ann Arbor Tenants’ Union. Also as a student, I volunteered for numerous political candidates including Alma Wheeler Smith, Chris Kolb, Rebekah Warren and Liz Brater, while staying intimately involved in campus issues such as off-campus housing and sustainability.
I served the people of Ann Arbor on the County Board of Commissioners for 11 years, focusing on housing the disadvantaged and on amending the county policy on payment for police patrols. I was honored to serve as the Chair of the Board for two years, participating in and leading a number of substantial successes in Washtenaw County government.
Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012