Fred Durhal Jr. is serving his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives serving the residents of Detroit’s 6th District. He also serves as Chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus for the 2011-2012 Legislative session.
Durhal was born in Rochester, NY, in 1951 and moved to Detroit with his family when he was six months old. He is the oldest of 12 children born to Fred and Doris Jean (Whaley) Durhal.
Growing up, Durhal attended Detroit Public Schools, including Northwestern High School, McMichael Junior High School, Woodward Elementary, Marr Elementary and Esterbrook Elementary. He later attended Wayne State University where he studied political science, Wayne County Community College and the University of Phoenix, where he studied public administration.
Durhal has a distinguished public service record that includes serving as Community Resource Specialist for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Assistant to Mayor Coleman A. Young; District Director for Congresswoman Barbara Rose Collins; Legislative Aide to Wayne County Commissioner Bernard Parker; Deputy Director of the Detroit Charter Revision Commission; Legislative Aide to State Senator Jackie Vaughn, III; Communications Analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives; Executive Director of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus; Rent Subsidy Audit Clerk for the city of Detroit Housing Commission; and Executive Director of the Virginia Park Citizens District Council.
Durhal has a distinguished political career as well, having previously served as Political Organizing Director for the Michigan Democratic Party – the first African-American to serve in that capacity. Durhal was also an Executive and Administrative Vice Chairman of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization for more than 20 years and has served as a consultant and trainer for the Democratic National Committee. In addition, Durhal is an elected Precinct Delegate (District 23, Precinct 27) in Detroit.