D034 News / Committee / Bio - Sheldon Neeley
State Rep. Sheldon Neeley is serving his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 34th District, which includes most of the city of Flint. Rep. Neeley previously served on the Health Policy, Commerce and Trade, Tax Policy, Local Government, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.
Rep. Neeley is a proud, lifelong resident of Flint, Michigan. He is the third of five living generations in Flint, and is a product of a working-class family with a rich history of tradition, honor and integrity. He attended Flint Northern High School before enrolling at Delta College, where he earned an associate’s degree. He then received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Saginaw Valley State University.
Prior to being elected as state representative, Rep. Neeley was a Flint City Councilman for nine years, serving the Sixth Ward, the most diverse area — economically and racially — in the city. He was the first African-American councilman to represent that ward.
After 27 years, Rep. Neeley retired as a Broadcast Technician for WJRT – TV 12, although he remains the Union President for the National Broadcast Employee & Technicians, Communications Workers of America (NABET/CWA) Local 46. He has also worked with the Civil Service Commission and is director of Flint City Junior Golf, founded by his father Sam Neeley. Rep. Neeley also worked for 10 years in the Flint Community Schools as a Work Experience Counselor where he specialized in working with at-risk youth.
As state representative, Rep. Neeley is focused on public safety in communities, public education, restorative justice and building the Flint economy. Some of the projects he has spearheaded are the Flint Promise scholarship fund, the Flint Development Center Literacy Lab, and a portrait of Mr. William Webb Ferguson in the Capitol building — the first African-American legislator in the state of Michigan. Throughout the years, he has hosted various Flint events for children as well as hosted many field trips to the Capitol building to develop civic engagement. He has also hosted many Expungement Fairs over the years to inform that demographic of their rights and responsibilities post penal system.
Rep. Neeley currently lives in Flint with his wife of 27 years, Cynthia. He has two daughters, Taylor and Morgan, who are both in college.
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