Rep. Manoogian is an experienced public servant who serves oakland county in the Michigan House of representatives.
State Rep. Mari Manoogian was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan, and is serving her first term representing the 40th District, which includes Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, and a portion of West Bloomfield Township. She currently serves as Assistant Minority Whip for the House Democrats.
At 26, Manoogian is the youngest woman serving in the 100th Legislature, and the first Armenian-American woman to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives. Prior to joining the Legislature, she served in various capacities of public service at the federal level, including interning for then-Congressman John D. Dingell, working with the Council on Foreign Relations, and assisting Ambassador Samantha Power at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Manoogian also worked in the Office of English Language Programs and eDiplomacy at the U.S. Department of State where she served with foreign and civil service officers.
Manoogian is a third-generation Armenian-American whose great-grandparents came to America in the 1920s to escape the Armenian Genocide. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
She is an avid Detroit sports and Team USA fan and enjoys figure skating, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Manoogian is a member of Saint Sarkis Armenian Church in Dearborn and lives in Birmingham.
Rep. Manoogian’s Priorities
A Healthy Future
We are so fortunate to live in a community with excellent healthcare professionals and state-of-the-art healthcare facilities. I’m committed to ensuring that our community can access this care.
Building a bright future for Michigan starts with our children. Michigan’s families should be able to count on our public schools to provide quality education for their children. Restoring confidence in our public schools starts with properly funding them at all levels, from Pre-K to our colleges and universities. The years of DeVos Family setting the education agenda must end.
Infrastructure Built to Last
It is no secret that Michigan’s infrastructure is in serious disrepair. Our roads and bridges are quite literally crumbling, which not only leads to expensive car repairs for residents, but also discourages economic growth. I’m committed to finding a solution that funds projects to fix our roads, bridges, and infrastructure, and ensure proper oversight. In addition, we need to invest in modern infrastructure updates to foster economic development and make Michigan a destination state.
As the daughter of a retired union president and a small business owner, I understand the challenges facing families in our district. As a young person faced with questions of where I’d like to raise my future family, I can’t imagine doing so anywhere other than right here in my home community. We must invest in all Michigan families to ensure young people want to remain here in Southeastern Michigan, and all generations can continue to work and prepare for retirement with dignity.
Protecting Our Environment
Michigan is home to 21% of the world’s fresh water, and Oakland County has more than 350 lakes. We have the opportunity to be a national leader in the areas of water and air policy, ensuring all Michigan families breathe clean air and have affordable clean drinking water.
Transparency and Accountability
Michigan ranks dead last in the nation among all state regarding openness, accountability, and ethics. This is simply unacceptable. As a former federal contractor, I understand the importance of holding our leaders accountable for every decision made and dollar spent. You have the right to know how your government operates and spends your tax dollars. That’s why my door is always open and my phone is always on. You deserve a representative who puts you first, and a government you can trust.
Safe, Inclusive Communities
All Michiganders deserve the freedom to feel safe and welcome in their communities. I am committed to not only fighting discrimination but also ensuring we are proactive in fostering a community where everyone is safe and can achieve their fullest potential. Our community also deserves to be free from the fear of gun violence, and I will continue to fight for common-sense gun violence prevention legislation.