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Hansen Clarke

AKA Hansen Hashem Clarke

Born: 3-Mar-1957
Birthplace: Detroit, MI

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial [1]
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman, Michigan 13th

Attorney and state legislator elected to the US Congress in 2010, defeating incumbent Rep Carolyn Kilpatrick in the Democratic primary and easily winning the general election in Michigan's heavily-Democratic 13th District. Supports abortion rights, gun control, labor interests, and called for a two-year moratorium on residential foreclosures. While attending Cornell, defeated Ann Coulter for the student seat on the university's Board of Trustees. First Bangladeshi-American elected to Congress.

[1] His father was of Bengal ancestry, his mother African-American.

Father: Mozaffar Ali Hashem (d. 1965)
Mother: Thelma Clarke (crossing guard, d. 1976)
Wife: Choi Palmer-Cohen (education official)

    High School: Detroit Institute of Arts (attended)
    High School: Governor's Academy (attended)
    High School:
Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI (dropped out, earned GED)
    Administrator: Board of Trustees (student seat), Cornell University
    University: BFA, Cornell University (1984)
    Law School: JD, Georgetown University (1987)

    US Congressman, Michigan 13th (2011-)
    Michigan State Senate (2003-11)
    Michigan State House of Representatives (1999-2003)
    Michigan State Official Wayne County administration office (1993-98)
    Michigan State House of Representatives (1991-93)
    Congressional Staff Chief of Staff to Rep. John Conyers (1989-90)
    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
    Bangladeshi American Public Affairs Committee
    Gephardt for President
    State Bar of Michigan
    Converted to Catholicism after being raised Muslim
    Bengali-Bangladesh Ancestry Paternal

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