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Lee Gonzales, former State Rep., Named Deputy Director of Legislative & External Affairs at Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Lansing, MI - Former Michigan State Rep. Lee Gonzales has been named Deputy Director of  Legislative & External Affairs at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.The appointment is effective immediately. He most recently served at an executive team level position of Legislative Liaison/Policy Advisor for the Department and previously as Senior Executive of Initiatives.


Gonzales served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2005-2010 representing House District 49 for the Flint area. During his tenure in the legislature, he served on the House Appropriations Committee and chaired the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation. He was also the primary sponsor of Michigan’s Smoke-Free Air Law that protects residents and visitors in all restaurants, bars and businesses.

He holds Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees, both from  the University of Michigan – Flint. Prior to his work in the legislature and at MDCR, Gonzales worked for the Michigan Department of Agriculture as well as serving as an employee of Genesee County as development director, then as assistant county treasurer. He played a key role in creating the Genesee County Land Bank.

“Lee’s extensive experience in local and state government has been an invaluable resource for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights,” said Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu, executive director of the department. “I am excited to have him serving as a deputy in the department. As the deputy director of Legislative & External Affairs he will use his keen insights into government, and his relationships on both sides of the aisle, to help drive civil rights initiatives and legislation.”

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the operational arm of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law. For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to



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