A leader looking to make real change in United States Congress to help every American have an equal opportunity to all our country can offer.
Here is more about me. I was the first in my immediate family to attend college, or law school. You can see my academic accomplishments below, but that doesn't tell my whole story. On my father's side of the family I was raised by soldiers. I attempted to serve my country in Virginia, but aged out of the process. I feel service to my country is very important.
I grew up down the street from multiple Auto Plants and understand what it means to work hard for a living. I started a small business in 2009 with $20, and some credit cards and turned it into 1.5 million dollars revenue throughout the years, on top of being an attorney. I grew up in Warren Michigan until I was a toddler, then moved to Sterling Heights where I attended Junior High, and High School at Stevenson High School. I then moved to Rochester after living on campus at Oakland University as a Resident Assistant for five years and moved back to Rochester after completing law school. MI10 is my home, it is where I currently live, and where I was raised. I also had a part time ownership of a collectible store in MI10, MI10 is my home, MI10 is my son's home, and I want to represent MI10 in Congress.
Why am I running for Congress? I care every person in MI10, and the United States. I care about my community. I decided to run for office first after becoming a father. I want my son, and every child in America to have an equal opportunity to everything this country offers. I care about where I live and grew up in Michigan. I care about the damage the GOP, and their dangerous politics have caused in my district, and throughout America. I was also a former Democratic Candidate for the Michigan State Board of Education, and the Democratic Nominee in MI09.
My cousin was a Marine, my father was in the Air Force, my Grandpa was Army, and my Great Uncle got an Army Purple Heart in World War II.
My father came to this country to live a better life, and his son is now filed to run for United States Congress. My father doesn't understand politics, but I know my grandparents from Poland would be proud of their choice to come to America. I am a first generation American on my Father's side of the family.
On my mother's side, my family has been very involved in Democratic politics for many years, going back to the 1930's. My Great uncle Edwin was elected to the State Board of Education in 1964, and was Michiganian of the Year in 1996.
His son Paul worked directly for Governor Granholm. My family's bar in 1934 is below. My great grandfather helped build Detroit, and here is some more of my family's history as archived by the University of Michigan.
My extended family also has roots in the area, owning one of the premier Italian restaurants in downtown Rochester. Here is me, my cousin's Kristina, Eva, and their cousin Andrea, please visit Andrea's restaurant in Downtown Rochester The Via Bologna, or Joe Bologna's in Sterling Heights, and a photo of their restaurant in Rochester. I care about my community, and all the residents in it, from the wealthiest to those struggling to pay the bills week to week. Here is their website: Home | Benvenuti (joebologna.com)
Here is an article about myself:
Oakland University - News Archive - Alumnus interns for state supreme court justice
I first started my legal career in the Detroit Office of McGuireWoods LLP (name later changed) https://www.mcguirewoods.com/, I was fortunate to work with many attorneys that spent time working in Washington DC, and in the White House for various administrations. One attorney clerked for Justice Ginsburg.
I also spent a year teaching in the public school system, and it was a humbling experience spending a school year teaching in the Avondale Public School District, after leaving a large law firm. I will never forget my days teaching. I have also been teaching High School currently in MI10 to make some extra money during my campaign.
I majored in Management Information systems with a minor in Applied Technology in Business at Oakland University. I graduated with honors with the following accomplishments while at his undergraduate institution.
Alumni Keynote Speaker, Oakland University Admitted Student Reception (2005)
Recipient, Applied Technology in Business Scholarship: (Full Tuition) (2000, 2001)
Recipient, Keeper of the Dream Scholarship; Recognition of Student Leadership (2001) I was the first white male to win an award in 2001 for breaking down racial barriers in the name of Dr. King. I hope to carry forward Dr. King's dream in the United States Congress fighting for all people.
Established the $5,000 Justice Marilyn Kelly Keeper of the Dream Scholarship (2007)
I was a law clerk (judicial intern performs the same duties, just unpaid) to Justice Kelly in 2004. Justice Kelly is the former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.
Recipient, Sydney Fink Diversity Scholarship; Recognition of Student Leadership (2000)
Resident Assistant, Oakland University Housing (2000-2002)
I enjoyed my time as a Student Leader at Oakland University. I helped thousands of students as an RA, OGL, Peer Mentor, and President of the Resident Halls.
President, Residence Hall Council; presided over 1,500 students (1999, 2000)
Student Orientation Leader and Peer Mentor, summers during college.
I attended University of Detroit Mercy for law school graduating in the top 25% of his class. I had the following accomplishments during law school.
Spring 2005 GPA: 3.417/4.00; Cumulative GPA: 3.184/4.00
Class Rank: 21/83
Passed the Michigan Bar Exam with an MBE scaled score above 150
Member, Moot Court Board of Directors (2003-2005)
Selected, National Order of Barristers (2005)
Team Member, American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition; One of Four Selected to Participate in National Competition (Fall 2004);
Moot Court Hall of Fame
Recipient, Book Award for Professional Responsibility (1st in class) (Fall 2003)
Member, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity (Fall 2002-Winter 2005)
Member, State Bar of Michigan, 2005 to present
Member, Oakland Bar Association
Finally I served as a Judicial Intern to the former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, a very prestigious position to attain. I also worked on several high level political campaigns including David Leyton for Attorney General, Gary Peters for US Congress, and Debbie Stabenow for U.S. Senate.
In 2020, I worked on the United States Presidential Campaign of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, got elected as a Democratic Delegate in Oakland County, and was elected to the executive committee of the Oakland County Democratic Party. I attempted a Statewide Nomination with the Michigan Democratic Party for the State Board of Education. I was also the Democratic Nominee for United States Congress in Michigan's 9th Congressional District.
I spent time at some of the largest law firms in the country including Honigman, and LeClairRyan (formerly Wright, Robinson) previously the Detroit office of McGuire Woods.
I have also been a prominent member of many hobbies, including vintage toys and comic books. I started a business named The Toy Closet LLC in 2009 that has grossed closed to one million dollars in revenue since it's incorporation, and I am also a regular attendee at San Diego Comic Con International, one of the most prestigious events to attend in the world of popular culture.
I am literally the most humble and down to earth guy anyone will meet, I have set up as a vendor at comic book conventions since 2009. I have over at least 500,000 in person customers in Michigan alone. I doubt any of them even knew I was a lawyer.