Fred Durhal

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Fred Durhal, Jr.

Template:TOCnestleft Fred Durhal, Jr. is a State Representative from Michigan.

Durhal is serving his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives serving the residents of Detroit’s 6th District. He also serves as Chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus for the 2011-2012 Legislative session.[1]


Durhal was born in Rochester, NY, in 1951 and moved to Detroit with his family when he was six months old. He is the oldest of 12 children born to Fred and Doris Jean (Whaley) Durhal.

Growing up, Durhal attended Detroit Public Schools, including Northwestern High School, McMichael Junior High School, Woodward Elementary, Marr Elementary and Esterbrook Elementary. He later attended Wayne State University where he studied political science, Wayne County Community College and the University of Phoenix, where he studied public administration.[2]

Public service

Durhal has a public service record that includes serving as Community Resource Specialist for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Assistant to Mayor Coleman A. Young; District Director for Congresswoman Barbara Rose Collins; Legislative Aide to Wayne County Commissioner Bernard Parker; Deputy Director of the Detroit Charter Revision Commission; Legislative Aide to State Senator Jackie Vaughn, III; Communications Analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives; Executive Director of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus; Rent Subsidy Audit Clerk for the city of Detroit Housing Commission; and Executive Director of the Virginia Park Citizens District Council.[3]

Democratic Party

Durhal has a distinguished political career as well, having previously served as Political Organizing Director for the Michigan Democratic Party - the first African-American to serve in that capacity. Durhal was also an Executive and Administrative Vice Chairman of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization for more than 20 years and has served as a consultant and trainer for the Democratic National Committee. In addition, Durhal is an elected Precinct Delegate (District 23, Precinct 27) in Detroit.[4]

The Justice Caucus

On June 7, 2009, The Justice Caucus hosted the 2009 Spirit of Millie Jeffrey Award Dinner to Benefit the Camp Millie Progressive Grassroots Training Organization. The 2009 Spirit of Millie Jeffrey Awards were given to Jim Kruer,[5] Kathleen Straus,[6] Mark E. Miller,[7] and State Rep. Fred Durhal.[8]

Supported Progressive Health Care Reform

In late 2009, Fred Durhal was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,[9]

"Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."

Michigan Legislative Black Caucus

Fred Durhal served as chairperson of the 2011-2012 Michigan Legislative Black Caucus. The Caucus is "committed to ensuring that all citizens of our state have equal opportunities," and includes members of both the state Senate and the state House of Representatives.[10]