Biography For Rep. Camilleri

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri is serving his first term representing the 23rd District, which comprises the cities of Gibraltar, Trenton and Woodhaven, and the townships of Brownstown, Grosse Ile and Huron.

Camilleri was born in Dearborn and raised Downriver. He attended St. Albert the Great Elementary School in Dearborn Heights and graduated from Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview.

Darrin’s family has always played by the rules and worked hard to make it in Michigan. In the 1960s, his dad and grandparents immigrated from Malta to escape a bad economy and find more opportunity in Michigan’s booming factories. On his mother’s side, Darrin’s grandfather, a first-generation Mexican-American, worked in several auto factories until he got a job at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping Plant, where he retired after nearly 30 years.

Living the Michigan Dream, Darrin’s parents met on the line at a plastics factory. Today, Darrin’s dad is a proud UAW member who works in skilled trades at the Ford Rouge Complex, and his mom is a lunch lady at Flat Rock High School.

Knowing that the opportunities that existed for his parents and grandparents were no longer as easily accessible, Darrin studied at Kalamazoo College, becoming the first in his family to earn a college degree. While there, Darrin was elected student body president, president of the Michigan Federation of College Democrats, and served as a member of the Michigan Democratic Party’s State Central Committee. As a student leader and activist, Darrin fought alongside working people across Michigan for lower college tuition and student loan interest rates and against school budget cuts.

Darrin is a devoted Brownstown resident and, before joining the Legislature, was high school social studies teacher in Detroit. At home, Darrin served as a Brownstown Parks and Recreation commissioner. At work, he was the chair of the social studies department. Darrin is a member of the 12th District Democrats, Friends of the Detroit River, the Sierra Club, NAACP, Michigan United and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Trenton.