Hansen Clarke

Hansen Clarke

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Hansen Hashim Clarke (born March 2, 1957) is the U.S. Representative for . Clarke, a Democrat, was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1991 through 1992, and from 1999 through 2002. He then served in the Michigan Senate, representing the 1st District from January 1, 2003 to January 3, 2011. Clarke is also the first U.S. Congressman of descent.

Early life, education, and early political career

Clarke was born in Detroit, Michigan to father Mozaffar Ali Hashim, a Bangladeshi, and an African American mother, Thelma Clarke. He grew up in the city's lower east side. His father died when he was a child and his mother worked as a crossing guard to support her family. Clarke attended Cass Technical High School, and was later admitted to a prestigious east-coast prep school, Governor Dummer Academy, to complete his high school.

Clarke attended Cornell University, graduating with a degree in fine arts. While at the University, he became interested in public service & electoral politics. He was elected to the student seat on the Cornell University Board of Trustees and was selected for membership in the prestigious Quill and Dagger society. He then earned a law degree from Georgetown Law School in 1987. Clarke is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Clarke worked as chief of...
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