Coleman Young II

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Coleman Young II
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Hansen Clarke
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 4th district
In office
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2010
Preceded by Mary Waters
Succeeded by Maureen Stapleton
Personal details
Born Joel Loving (later birth certificate legally changed to match baptism record)
1982 (age 34–35)
Royal Oak, Michigan
Political party Democratic

Coleman Young

Annivory Calvert
Profession Politician

Coleman Alexander Young II, born Joel Loving,[1] is an American politician from the state of Michigan. He currently serves as state senator for the 1st District, which reaches from Alter Road in Detroit to Gibraltar, Michigan. Previously he served two terms as a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives. His district then, served east Detroit, Midtown Detroit and Downtown Detroit. He was first elected in 2006. He is the son of the late Coleman A. Young, who served as Detroit Mayor for 20 years (1973–1994) and Annivory Calvert.

Senator Young was raised in California by his mother and visited his father 4 times per year. He decided to return to Detroit and brought his family with him. Prior to being elected to the State House of Representatives, he worked as an intern for JoAnn Watson, Detroit City Councilwoman, City Council Research & Analysis Division and in California for a Subway Restaurant. Young attended Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA, San Bernardino Valley College and Wayne State University Since July 2005, Young has hosted The "Young Effect," a local Detroit live, call-in talk show concerning current affairs, community advocacy and sports.

Political career[edit]

During his first term in the state house, Young was able to get legislation passed that:

  • Created jobs for the region through movie industry tax credits
  • Provided cost recovery for businesses in alternative energy
  • Amended the Michigan Business Tax and Authorizes cities and towns to make improvements to housing facilities
  • Created a Michigan Tax Tribunal for the Department of Labor and Economic Growth as a separate interest bearing fund directed by the State Treasurer
  • Provided light duty for pregnant police officers and equality for Michigan’s working women[tone]

House Bill 4327, which became Public Act 190, also known as the Tisha Prater Act, which stopped anti-civil rights and discriminatory employment practices against female police officers and pregnant women was passed unanimously in the majority Republican Michigan Senate. It was the first time that Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, the ACLU and the Michigan Right to Life Organization came together in one room during the Governor's signing of the bill into law.

Young was re-elected to the Michigan House of Representatives with a 70% primary victory and in November 2008, a 94% victory in the general election.

In 2010, Young won election as a Michigan State Senator in District 1 with a 94% victory in the general election. His slogan was "Everybody loves Coleman... And Coleman loves The People." District 1 is the same District his father, Coleman A. Young, served as state senator for 8 years.


Young was born Joel Loving and grew up with his mother in California, in 1989 a paternity test showed Loving to be the illegitimate son of Mayor Coleman Young.[2] Joel, would subsequently change his name to Coleman Young Jr. before running for a seat in Michigan's state House of Representatives.

Young is a member of the St. Paul Church of God in Christ.

Electoral History[edit]

2006 Democratic Primary - Michigan's 4th state House of Representatives District[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Coleman A. Young II 2,450 34.7 N/A
Democratic Maureen Stapleton 1,522 21.5 N/A
Democratic Frazier Kimson 995 14.1 N/A
Democratic Kimberly Hill 482 6.9 N/A
Democratic Daniel Crockett 301 4.3 N/A
Democratic Diane McMillan 236 3.3 N/A
Democratic Patricia Scott 224 3.2 N/A
Democratic Keith Hollowell 192 2.7 N/A
Democratic Sharon King 142 2.0 N/A
Democratic Christopher Collins 120 1.7 N/A
Democratic Omari Barksdale 119 1.7 N/A
Democratic Wanda Canty 78 1.1 N/A
Democratic Ellen Logan 76 1.1 N/A
Democratic Ron Liscombe 52 0.7 N/A
Democratic Verl Pittman 51 0.7 N/A
Democratic Tom Allison 23 0.3 N/A
2006 General Election - Michigan's 4th state House of Representatives District[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Coleman A. Young II 18,841 93.9 -2.1
Republican Scott Withington 1,223 6.1 +2.1
2008 Democratic Primary - Michigan's 4th state House of Representatives District[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Coleman A. Young II (I) 5,624 70.4 N/A
Democratic Sheila Jackson 919 11.5 N/A
Democratic Rita Jordan 546 6.8 N/A
Democratic Willie Burton 450 5.6 N/A
Democratic Wanda Canty 446 5.6 N/A
2008 General Election - Michigan's 4th state House of Representatives District[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Coleman A. Young II (I) 28,114 100 +6.1
2010 Democratic Primary - Michigan's 1st State Senate District[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Coleman A. Young II 8,138 41.2 N/A
Democratic Lisa Nuszkowski 5,701 28.9 N/A
Democratic LaMarr Lemmons 3,812 19.3 N/A
Democratic Mary Waters 1,911 9.7 N/A
Democratic Dobey Gavin 179 0.9 N/A
2010 General Election - Michigan's 1st State Senate District[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Coleman A. Young II 40,122 93.3 -2.2
Republican Dakeisha Harwick 2,895 6.7 +2.2

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