|Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 14th district
|Preceded by||Gilda Jacobs|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 35th district
|Preceded by||Paul Condino|
|Succeeded by||Rudy Hobbs|
July 20, 1948 |
Vincent "Vince" Gregory (born July 20, 1948) is a politician from the state of Michigan, and a member of the Michigan Senate. He represents the 14th Senate District, which is located in southern Oakland County and includes Southfield, Farmington Hills, Farmington, Ferndale and Oak Park.
Gregory, an African American, was born on July 20, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan to Laurence and Dorothy Gregory. He was the second eldest of five children, and had three brothers, Laurence, Timothy, and Delbert, and a sister, Patricia. He attended Dundee High School in Dundee, Michigan in Monroe County. After graduating from High School in 1966, he began attending Madonna University, a Catholic college in Livonia, Michigan
. However, his schooling was interrupted in April 1968 when he was drafted into the United States Marine Corps. He was shipped to Vietnam in November 1968, where he would serve until November 1969. In 1970, Gregory was honorably discharged.
In 1973, Vincent Gregory joined the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, where he attained the rank of Corporal and then Detective. In 1983, he was elected Vice President of the Local 502 SEIU, AFL-CIO Union. He ran for President of the Union in 1993, won, and served as President until 2000. In 2003, he retired from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.
In 2005, Gregory returned to Madonna University to complete his schooling that was interrupted by his service in Vietnam. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in May 2006. Gregory married his wife, Yvonne, in 1978. They live in Southfield and have six adult children, Lawrence, Troi, Vanessa, Vincent II (Deceased), Cortney, and Kristen. They have five grandchildren. One of them being Eric Gregory.
In 2008, Gregory announced his candidacy for the 35th State House District, vacated by fellow Democrat Paul Condino, who was term limited. The district includes Southfield, Lathrup Village, Royal Oak Township and part of Oak Park. Gregory won the Democratic Primary with about 60% of the vote and went on to easily defeat Republican Katie Koppin in the 2008 General Election. He received 41,017 votes, more than any other candidate for the State House of Representatives in Michigan. The 35th District is majority African American and overwhelmingly Democratic.
After only one term in the state house, Gregory was elected to the State Senate, succeeding term-limited Democrat Gilda Jacobs.
- 2008 election for State House
- Vincent Gregory (D), 88%
- Katie Koppin (R), 11%
- 2008 Democratic Primary election for State House
- Vincent Gregory (D), 60%
- Faith Shepherd (D), 34%