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Jewell Jones becomes Michigan’s youngest state representative

Meet the 21-year-old councilman who just made history

It takes a lot of passion to run for a political seat as a state representative, but to become the youngest state representative in Michigan is defying all odds. It was that quest of passion that landed 21-year-old University of Michigan-Dearborn student Jewell Jones in the seat.

He broke barriers last year at the tender age of 20 as the youngest member of the Inkster City Council. On Tuesday, he won the seat of the late Rep. Julie Plawecki, who died suddenly in July after being elected in November 2014.

Jones will represent the 11th District, which comprises the cities of Garden City and Inkster, and parts of Dearborn Heights, Livonia and Westland, in the Michigan House of Representatives.

“You and I made history, yet again,” Jones posted to his Instagram page after his win.

According The Michigan Journal, Jones defeated Robert Pope with 66 percent of the vote. Jones, a member of the Army ROTC, is majoring in political science and finance and is a member of the Black Student Union and the Student Veterans Association.


Kelley Evans is a digital producer at Andscape. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic Southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.