Michigan Senator Joseph (Joe) Floyd Young Jr. ‘Leaves Behind A Legacy’
DETROIT – Our Uncle, Michigan State Senator Joseph (Joe) Floyd Young Jr. who was a great political leader, community activist and role model for Detroit, Michigan was laid to rest today!
Some people flirt with the notion of leaving behind a legacy for other’s to follow and our Uncle did exactly that by following our grandfather Joseph Floyd Young Sr. into politics.
Joseph (Joe) Floyd Young Jr. represented Detroit and its nearby suburbs for 24 years in the state House and Senate.
Our Uncle Joe Young Jr. was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1979 to 1994 (15th District 1979-1992, 4th District 1993-1994) and the Michigan State Senate from 1995 to 2002 (1stDistrict).
Our Uncle Joe and our grandfather Joseph Floyd Young Sr. represented separate areas of Detroit when they both served in the Michigan House from 1983 to 1992, and they were the first African-American father and son to serve in the Michigan Legislature simultaneously.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder ordered U.S. flags throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff in honor of former state Sen. Joe Young Jr., who had a fatal heart attack June 12. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Tuesday.
“My thoughts are with Sen. Young’s children and entire family during this time,” Snyder said. “He will be fondly remembered as a positive, committed and strong advocate for the people of Detroit and Michigan.”
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