Hoon-Yung Hopgood

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Hoon-Yung Hopgood
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 8th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2011
Preceded by Ray Basham
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
In office
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2008
Preceded by Ray Basham
Succeeded by Douglas A. Geiss
Personal details
Born (1974-12-08) December 8, 1974 (age 40)
Incheon, South Korea
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Michigan

Hoon-Yung Hopgood (born December 8, 1974) is a member of the Michigan State Senate. He is a Democrat and a former member of the Michigan State House of Representatives. He represents roughly half of the cities which make up the Downriver area of Metro Detroit, as well as other cities in Wayne County. He is the first Korean American to hold state office in Michigan.[1]


Early life[edit]

Hopgood was born in Incheon, South Korea, in 1974, and was adopted in 1976 by Diane Hopgood, former principal at Johnson Elementary in Taylor, Michigan, and the late Rollie Hopgood, who was president of the Michigan Federation of Teachers and School Related Personnel. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan in 1996. In 2002 he became an aide to former State Representative Ray Basham.

Political career[edit]

Hopgood was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2002, representing the 22nd District, which includes the cities of Romulus, Michigan and Taylor. He has become a leader on educational issues in the state. He was a member of the Children's Caucus, a board member of the Michigan Youth in Government, and a member of the House Democratic Task Force on Early Education and Care. He is on the Steering Committee for the Michigan Coalition on Civic Education, and was part of the Michigan delegation to the Congressional Conference on Civic Education in Washington, D.C.

In his final term, Hopgood served on six committees in the House of Representatives: Transportation - Chair, Education, Subcommittee on High School Graduation - Chair, Energy and Technology, Labor, and Senior Health and Retirement.

After serving three terms in the House of Representatives, Hopgood was term limited and was ineligible to serve again.

In 2010 Hopgood was elected to the Michigan State Senate, and is currently serving his first term. He serves on the Senate Education Committee, Energy and Technology Committee, and Appropriations Committee.[2] He resides in Taylor.

Electoral History[edit]

Michigan Senate District 8 General Election, 2010[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Hoon-Yung Hopgood 37,845 54.9 +18.3
Republican Ken Larkin 25,280 36.6 -18.3
Independent Neil Sawicki 4,697 6.8 -48.1
Libertarian Loel Gnadt 1,093 1.5 -53.4
Michigan House of Representatives District 22 General Election, 2006[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Hoon-Yung Hopgood (Incumbent) 19,260 73.9 +51.4
Republican Ben Armstrong 5,882 22.5 -51.4
Constitution Rick Butkowski 895 3.4 -70.5
Michigan House of Representatives District 22 General Election, 2004[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Hoon-Yung Hopgood (Incumbent) 24,375 69.5 +44.3
Republican Fred Kalsic 8,863 25.2 -44.3
Constitution Rick Butkowski 1,807 5.1 -64.4
Michigan House of Representatives District 22 General Election, 2002[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Hoon-Yung Hopgood 14,042 68.8 +40.9
Republican Ronald Vaughan 5,696 27.9 -40.9
Libertarian Charles Kainz 657 3.2 -65.6

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