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Mari Manoogian

Mari Manoogian
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives from the 40th district

January 3, 2019 (2019-01-03)
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Mari Manoogian

(1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 27)
Birmingham, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBirmingham, Michigan
EducationGeorge Washington University (B.A., M.A.)
OccupationPolitician, international relations expert

Mari Manoogian (born September 3, 1992) is an American politician from Michigan who represents the 40th District in the Michigan House of Representatives. A member of the Democratic Party, her constituency includes several communities within Oakland County, including Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, and part of West Bloomfield Township.[1]

Early life and education

Manoogian was born in Birmingham, Michigan as the eldest daughter of a utility worker and union leader, and a vocational rehabilitation specialist.[2] After graduating from Ernest W. Seaholm High School in 2010,[3] Manoogian began her undergraduate work at Michigan State University's James Madison College. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 2012, and finished her bachelor's degree in international relations and security policy at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in 2014, and earned a master's degree in global communication and international organizations from the same institution in 2017.[4][5][6][7]

Manoogian's family are descendants of survivors of the Armenian Genocide.[8] She is a member of St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church in Dearborn.[5]

Professional Life

During her undergraduate studies, Manoogian interned in the office of Congressman John Dingell and at the United States Mission to the United Nations under Ambassador Samantha Power. She began work in Washington, D.C. at the United States Department of State, first in the Office of English Language Programs and later in the Office of eDiplomacy, before returning to Michigan and running for office.[9]

Manoogian began campaigning for election to the Michigan House of Representatives in August 2017.[5] Receiving the endorsement of national progressive candidate recruitment organization Run for Something,[10] Manoogian won the Democratic primary in August 2018, defeating the 2016 Democratic nominee for the 40th District, Nicole Bedi.[11] During the general election, Manoogian was endorsed by former U.S. President Barack Obama and former 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.[12][13] Manoogian defeated David Wolkinson - former vice chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and policy director to Governor Rick Snyder - by 56.5% to 43.4%, flipping the district for the first time in 22 years. [14][15][16]

Political Positions

Manoogian supports repealing the state Senior Pension Tax and expanding investment in renewable energy practices.[17] She has been profiled by national and local news outlets in the lead-up to her election for supporting funding for clean water initiatives in her district.[18] She considers herself a progressive.[19]

Electoral History

2018 Michigan House of Representatives, 40th district, general election[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mari Manoogian 30,223 56.5
Republican David Wolkinson 23,221 43.4
2018 Michigan House of Representatives, 40th district, Democratic Party primary election[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mari Manoogian 8,877 53.1
Democratic Nicole Bedi 7,856 46.9


  1. ^ Haddad, Ken. "Election 2018: 26-year-old Democrat flips Michigan State House..." Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "From pot to roads, 40th District hopefuls share their views". HometownLife. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Mari for MI | Democrat for State Representative in Michigan House District 40". Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Mirror-Spectator, The Armenian (August 10, 2018). "Mari Manoogian Wins Democratic Primary as Candidate for Michigan State Rep - The Armenian Mirror-Spectator". The Armenian Mirror-Spectator. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Mari Manoogian Launches Bid for State Representative in Michigan's 40th District". The Armenian Weekly. August 23, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Oakland County becomes epicenter of fight to control Michigan House". Detroit News. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Mari Manoogian - Run For Something". Run For Something. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "State Rep-Elect Mari Manoogian on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Mari Manoogian Launches Bid for State Representative in Michigan's 40th District". The Armenian Weekly. August 23, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "How women candidates will run on the Republican anti-abortion record in 2018". Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Manoogian Wins Democratic Primary in Michigan". The Armenian Weekly. August 8, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Oosting, Jonathan (October 1, 2018). "Obama endorses Whitmer, Slotkin, Stevens, other Mich. Dems". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ Something, Run for (October 29, 2018). "Hillary Rodham Clinton endorses 19 RFS candidates". Run for Something. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Voters in Birmingham go Democratic in state House race". HometownLife. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "It's Wolkinson, Manoogian for November's state House race in Birmingham, Bloomfield". HometownLife. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Oakland - Election Results". Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Mari for MI | Democrat for State Representative in Michigan House District 40". Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ VICE News examines how Michigan-area organizers are leveraging local concerns about clean water to encourage voter participation. "Vice News Tonight, S03 E179". VICE News.
  19. ^ "Trump won the Rust Belt with macho. These women hope to win with change". Vox. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "Michigan Election Results". November 7, 2018.
  21. ^ Michigan Primary Election Results. The New York Times. September 24, 2018.

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