Born in Bay City, raised in Auburn
Married with five children
• Served in Kosovo and Iraq
• Prosecuted Abu Ghraib soldiers
Wayne County Prosecutor
Human Rights Prosecutor for U.S. Department of Justice
• Prosecuted son of West African dictator
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Michigan
• Chief of Violent & Organized Crime
• Developed strategy to reduce homicides that led to decrease from 386 in 2012 to 267 in 2017 (lowest total in 50 years)
• Not seeking any issue-related PAC money or endorsements
It’s hard to say I am a former federal prosecutor. For nearly a decade, I strove every day to make Detroit a safer place. From motorcycle and street gangs to drug smugglers, I helped transform the way we approach violent and organized crime in the city. It’s hard to say former, because it was a job I loved.
But on June 1, I became a former federal prosecutor. I left the satisfaction of a secure and gratifying job, because given my experience, leadership ability, and firm conviction that the law be applied for the good of all, it was time. Time to put these attributes to work as Michigan’s next Attorney General.
As our state’s top law enforcement official, I will bring a non-partisan spirit to the highest law enforcement office in state government. Our Attorney General should be solely focused on applying the law in an even-handed and fair manner—with partisan politics playing no part in decision-making.
Priority #1: bring the collaborative spirit we have fostered in Detroit to the entire state. Under my leadership of the Violent and Organized Crime Unit, we became one of the most aggressive federal offices in the country, bringing over a dozen racketeering prosecutions. These would have been impossible without initiatives I helped implement that emphasize partnership and collaboration with prosecutors and individual precincts to police our neighborhoods. This approach can be applied to cities across our state facing similar violent crime and opioid issues.
As an Army officer, I learned quickly the value and necessity of strong leadership. Without the military, I may have become a leader, but a much less effective one. Leadership demands humility, respect for those you lead, and discipline to be tough when toughness is demanded.
Every politician in America says, “I care.” Yet, we no longer believe it. So, I ask, “do you care?” Do you care that law enforcement is influenced by political preferences? Do you care about choosing the most qualified candidate committed to upholding the law over a commitment to party? Do you care about electing people of character—people who embody distinctive, positive qualities, and possess an honorable reputation? This fall, you get to answer the question, Michigan. Do you care?