Biography For Rep. Zemke

State Rep. Adam F. Zemke is serving his third term representing Michigan’s 55th House District, which includes the northern part of the city of Ann Arbor, a portion of the city of Milan, and the townships of Ann Arbor, Augusta, Pittsfield and York. He serves on the House Democratic Caucus leadership team as the caucus chairperson, and also serves as the Democratic vice chairperson of the House Education Reform Committee and as a member of the Financial Services and Elections and Ethics committees. He previously served two terms on the Appropriations Committee, including the subcommittees on School Aid, Education and Capital Outlay.

Before serving in the Legislature, Zemke worked as an engineer in the aerospace, defense and automotive fields. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. He has served on the Dexter Township Public Safety Advisory Committee, the city of Ann Arbor’s Housing and Human Services Advisory Board and the Washtenaw County Community Action Board. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Society of Automotive Engineers Foundation.

A fifth-generation Washtenaw County resident, Zemke's family emigrated to Ann Arbor from Germany in the late 1800s. A family of small-business owners, his great-grandfather operated the Ann Arbor "townie" establishment The Orient prior to his grandfather starting an amusement machine business that his family still operates. He was born and raised in the community, attending Haisley Elementary School, Forsythe Middle School and Pioneer High School in the Ann Arbor Public Schools district.