Jeff Irwin (politician)

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Jeff Irwin
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 18th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2019
Preceded byRebekah Warren
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 53rd district
In office
January 1, 2011 – January 1, 2017
Preceded byRebekah Warren
Succeeded byYousef Rabhi
Personal details
Born (1977-06-19) June 19, 1977 (age 42)
Petoskey, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceAnn Arbor, Michigan

Jeff Irwin (born June 19, 1977)[1] is a member of the Michigan Senate.[2] He represents Michigan's 18th Senate District, encompassing the cities of Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti, and Milan (portion) and the townships of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield, York, Augusta, Salem, Superior, and Ypsilanti.[3] He replaced Rebekah Warren, who was term limited. Irwin is a Democrat.[4]


Irwin was a commissioner in Washtenaw County, Michigan for a decade, before winning election to the Michigan House in 2011.[5] Irwin served as chairman of the campaign committee of the Michigan House Democrats in 2012. Irwin sees education at the top priority in his caucus. Irwin also supports no-reason absentee voting and early voting.[6]

In 2013, Irwin introduced a bill that would fully decriminalize marijuana,[7] and sponsored legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Michigan, recognize same-sex marriages that were licensed in other states, and reverse the state's ban on extending health benefits to domestic partners of public employees.[8]

In 2016, Irwin spearheaded reducing of the DEQ threshold for dioxane from 85ppm to 7.2ppm, with emergency promulgation, following the discovery of a family affected by numerous health conditions, found drinking and living with well water with high levels of dioxane. He also organized a DEQ Townhall on dioxane in Ann Arbor, bringing together experts like Roger Rayle, who had been tracking the spread of dioxane in the area for decades, precipitating the EPA SuperFund application by Washtenaw County (although in opposition of the City of Ann Arbor, whose mayor, Chris Taylor, who was concerned that real estate values would drop with SuperFund designation.)


  1. ^ "State Representative JEFF IRWIN" (PDF). Michigan Legislature.
  2. ^ Zukas, Michael. "Senator Jeff Irwin / Michigan State Senate". Michigan State Senate. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  3. ^ Zukas, Michael. "Senator Jeff Irwin / District". Michigan State Senate. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  4. ^ Zukas, Michael. "Senator Jeff Irwin / Michigan State Senate". Michigan State Senate. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  5. ^ "House Calls: Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin Talks About Tenure Reform". A2Politico. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  6. ^ Stanton, Ryan J. (November 16, 2012). "Q&A: Jeff Irwin offers his take on Washtenaw County's prospects with 4 Democrats in the Michigan House". Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  7. ^ Stanton, Ryan J. (February 8, 2013). "Ann Arbor legislator working on effort to decriminalize marijuana in Michigan". Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  8. ^ Stanton, Ryan J. (June 24, 2013). "Irwin and Zemke sponsoring legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Michigan". Retrieved 2013-06-25.