Rep. Camilleri is a teacher and organizer who now serves Downriver in the Michigan House of Representatives.
State Representative Darrin Quiroz Camilleri is serving his first term representing the 23rd District, which includes the Downriver communities of Brownstown, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Trenton, and Woodhaven. At 24, he became the youngest Latino and first Maltese-American in Michigan's history to serve in the State House. Representative Camilleri sits on the Education Reform, Energy Policy, and Commerce and Trade committees. Prior to joining the legislature, he was a high school social studies teacher in Detroit and a Brownstown Parks and Recreation Commissioner. In the 2016 election, he was the only Democrat to win a seat that was previously held by a Republican.
Representative Camilleri is a first-generation college graduate. He earned his degree from Kalamazoo College, and 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.
His father is an immigrant from Malta, and his mother is of Mexican descent. They met on the factory floor. Today, his dad is a UAW member who works for Ford and his mother works in the cafeteria at Flat Rock High School. He has two younger siblings.
He enjoys playing pick-up basketball, bowling, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. Representative Camilleri is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Trenton and lives in Brownstown.
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.