Biography For Rep. Durhal III

State Representative Fred Durhal III is in his second term serving Michigan’s 5th District, which encompasses Central Detroit, the lower West Side of Detroit and Southwest Detroit.

In the Legislature, Durhal has utilized his a passion for education, community stabilization and civil rights to serve the people of House District 5. Prior to his election, he served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Northwest Detroit as the director of a literacy program for young children. He has also collaborated with Village Builders of Northwest Detroit and Motor City Blight Busters to help stabilize neighborhoods within the city. In 2011, Durhal joined other leaders to fight Michigan’s controversial emergency financial manager law in Benton Harbor and across the state.

Public service is in Rep. Durhal’s blood. The son of former State Representative Fred Durhal Jr., he was exposed early to civic affairs. Before starting his first term, he had already spent time on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives, in committees and around the Legislature.

Durhal is also a product of a good public education. He is a graduate of Detroit Public Schools, attending Guyton Elementary, Spain Middle School and Detroit School of the Arts. He later attended Eastern Michigan University, where he studied political science and music education.

Currently, Rep. Durhal is a member of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and a former member of the Teamsters Local 377. He previously served on the board of the Dexter Elmhurst Community Center. During his first term, Rep. Durhal served on the House Appropriations Committee, serving as minority vice chairman of the General Government Subcommittee and sits on the Corrections Subcomittee.