Mari Manoogian, 26, a former U.S State Department worker, won the Michigan State House District 40 seat, currently held by Republicans. Birmingham resident and Democrat Mari Manoogian defeated Republican David Wolkinson in the November 6th elections. Manoogian received 30,223 votes compared to 23,221 for Wolkinson, a former vice chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.
Mari Manoogian was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan. She attended Birmingham Public Schools and graduated with honors from Seaholm High School. Mari’s great-grandparents escaped the Armenian Genocide and came to the United States in the early 1920s. Her father’s and mother’s families arrived in Michigan via Ellis Island, and ultimately settled in the Detroit area.