LANSING, Mich. — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives took up House Resolution 316, a bipartisan memorial resolution honoring the late Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit) with his father, Roger Robinson and long-time staff member, Dawn Tucker-Davis, in attendance. Rep. Robinson faithfully served as the representative of Michigan’s 4th House District from January 2019 until his tragic death on March 29, 2020, at the age of 44 from the Coronavirus. Rep. Robinson’s bill, HB 5120, which will help give thousands of Michigan residents with misdemeanor marijuana convictions a second chance as part of a comprehensive expungement package, will also be enrolled today.
“Rep. Robinson was as hard-working as he was passionate for his community,” said House Democratic Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills). “His accomplishments serving the city of Detroit are notable, but he will also be remembered for his contagious enthusiasm, infusing everyone around him with determined energy. He was a compassionate man, a devoted public servant and a fierce friend to so many of us. He is greatly missed.”
Before serving in the House, Rep. Robinson spent 10 years working on behalf of organized labor in various roles. During that time, he built a reputation as an advocate for everyone in his community—an attitude he brought with him when he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2018.
Rep. Robinson served on several House committees, including Commerce and Tourism, Regulatory Reform and Tax Policy. He championed issues important to the district, especially environmental protection and community safety, health care and licensed professional counselors, Michigan workers, auto insurance reform, education, criminal justice and expungement, and civil rights.
“Rep. Robinson was without question one of the most passionate and dedicated legislators I have had the honor to serve the people of Michigan with,” said state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), chair of the Detroit Caucus. “He fought not only for what he believed; he fought to remove barriers for the people of his district and our community as he saw the challenges his constituents faced and understood their perspectives. He never let his position or politics come before his community, and we were so very honored to know and work alongside him.”
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[State Reps. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) and Yousef Rabhi present Roger Robinson, father of the late Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit), with a commemorative flag and tribute honoring his son’s tireless commitment to the people of Michigan at the Capitol in Lansing on Sept. 24, 2020.]